Christmas 2014

Name of walk Christmas 2014
Date of walk 2014-12-25

A few photos from over the Christmas period including a walk up Gummers How, cats , Coast Road and Family.

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On Christmas morning we rang the bells of Dalton St. Mary's for the 9.30am Christmas Day Service. We even sounded rather good! Andy had got a new T-shirt, suitable both for walking and bell ringing which said "Don't follow me I'm lost!"..... I want one! I used the self timer to take this photo, with Rachel, Carl, Owen, Stan, Jacqueline, Andy and me.

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On Christmas morning Tom and I took a walk up to Gummers How. Tom with the summit in view behind him.

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Heading up the pitched path.

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Tom at the summit cairn. The rain started just as we had got to the cairn.

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The blue skies had now disappeared too to be replaced by black cloud.

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Tom and a rainbow.

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Looking down to Lakeside. We didn't stay on the summit very long, but headed back down, and back home. There were quite a lot of people on Gummers How today. One was dressed in a Santa outfit!

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One of our presents from Tom was some chilli beer, called 'Instant Regret', offensively hot Chilli Beer. It was very hot! Even beyond my powers of consumption. Best not served in half pint glasses, but in shot glasses! Tastes okay diluted with lemonade......or drain cleaner.

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Brendan's brother, Tim, came to stay for a couple of days. We ended up watching the full DVD of the 1960's series 'Belle and Sebastian', which I remember well from childhood. Tim insisted we watch it in the original French! Mais vous pouvez avoir trop d'une bonne chose, n'est pas?

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The first night the Christmas tree was up, I came down the next morning to find it on the floor! We have three cats, so any of them could be the culprit! Felix under the tree.

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"If that present moves its mine!".

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Felix and Tigger.

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The lights work! Felix still under the tree waiting to pounce.

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Tom and Tig.

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Easy life! ........"Left a bit".

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Butter wouldn't melt.

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Felix and Peaches.

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A walk down the Coast Road. The winds kept up for most of the Christmas period, except for three days. In one of them Tom and I went up Coniston Old Man, but that is in a separate post.

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No, I am not going to stand by the sea wall!

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Aldingham, St Cuthbert's Church.

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Good views out to sea from the windows.

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That sheep is malformed!

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We braved the winds at the top of the hill at Bardsea.

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Great view, you'd never guess we had to hang on for dear life!

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Finally, sanctuary from the wind!

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Our last point of call was to Rampside and a look at the new boat pier.

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View out to Piel Island.

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After bell ringing on Sunday morning, Brendan, Tom and I drove to Birkenhead to visit my sister, Ness, for a family gathering. Her three daughters would be there with their families. Nicky and Ness, Natalie and Ryan with baby Stuey, Brendan and Tom, Donna and Glenn with Finn and Isla. The first time we have all been together since Mum's funeral.

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Same again with Ness taking the photo.

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Stuey will soon be one year old.

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Finn.

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Isla

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Ness and Nicky.

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Donna and Isla

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Glenn and Finn

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Natalie and Stuey.

A very quiet Christmas!

Happy New Year,

Jo.

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