Monday 10 February 2003
Pix of the Day: Good Walking Weather is a Matter of Luck
CREDITS: © Tony Sainsbury/www.EyeOnTheLakes.com
MAP: Ullswater. Thumbnail clicks for normal view.
More than a decade ago I had the good fortune to live in this lovely place. I had just completed a computer training course, and I was given a work experience placement in the outdoor center at Howtown on the eastern shore of Ullswater lake. Through the generosity of the school boss I was allowed to live on-site, and work flexitime. Oh joy! Whenever the weather was fine I was able to take the same walk as Tony Sainsbury, who took this picture, and the remainder of the time to work to my heart's content developing a database for the school. The instructors and staff were as nice a group of people as it has ever been my pleasure to work among. A very happy time when life was otherwise difficult.
Later I was also lucky enough to meet Tony Sainsbury on a glorious day as we passed down the northeastern ridge of that wonderful mountain Helvellyn. Since finding Tony's web site I have been following his updates regularly. His luck with the weather has not been so good recently. His excursions seem to have coincided with every day of inclemency that the district has been able to throw his way. This picture is something of a celebration on his behalf, that at last he managed to get a good day on the fells! The web site content may change in a week or two, so cut along there, and with Tony enjoy some of the finest scenic walks in the English Lake District.
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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)