The beautiful English Countryside!

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This was the view from my cousin’s kitchen window; the sun was shining, the ground had a covering of snow, and it all looked so English!  We couldn’t wait to get out and see some more.

We stopped first near the Dungeon Ghyll Hotel in Langdale Fell.

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Then we drove a little way to Elterwater and had a lovely long walk along the river and the Elter Water lake, ending at Chesters cafe at Skelwith Bridge for a late lunch. We returned the same way but the views were different and the light was going, so it didn’t feel at all the same.

The buildings here come in three colours: white, green and grey. The green-tinged buildings are made from local flint and blend into the background:

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The grey-stone buildings are solid but delicate:

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While the white-painted buildings make a statement:

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The hills that dominate the view are the Raven Crag Pikes.

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The intrepid explorers: Jan and Andrew Smith with me and Lawrence.

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And a rare photo of just me and him!

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As Andrew drove us back to Kendal, the sun was setting and the bewitching golden hour arrived to shine on the Lakes. We managed a brief stop at Lake Bowness to grab a photo of the orange-hued mountains, then drove through Ambelside past the smallest house in the country. The final shots I think are at Lake Windermere.

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