Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Weather Window


Last week we took a couple of nights away, in the Lake District. It’s hard to believe looking at the weather today.

We’ve got the campervan geared up for cold weather, it has a very effective diesel heater and we’d chosen a site with a hook up for power. The Quiet Site,  was perfect for our needs, one of those neatly run sites that keeps everything running smoothly with out being too officious about it and a very toasty shower block was always going to win me over. 

Another bonus was that the site bar was open, being ‘out of season’ we weren’t expecting that . Winter campervanning can be snug and cosy, but it does get a bit tomb like, so a nice beer in front of a roaring fire, just a few yards from the van was as welcome as it was sociable.

 The Quiet Site-194846

Mr Uphilldowndale entertained himself with a bike ride up The Struggle and over Kirkstone Pass the highest major road in the Lake district,  I mooched  around with the camera; we were equally content.



We both took a stroll by lake Windermere,  having visited the wonderful Blackwell House,  I’ll post about it.



Did you know  that lake Windermere had not one but two very early airfields?


The The start of seaplane flying in Britain can be traced to Lake Windermere, where H. Stanley Adams first became airborne in the Lakes Waterbird floatplane on 25 November 1911.


One man and his dog, Windermere

Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

7 thoughts on “Weather Window

  1. Nice post and pictures. I did know about the early airfields but good to read about them again. A brief break like that at this time of year must be most welcome. xx

  2. The Struggle is well named. Chapeau to the cyclist.

  3. I wonder what Wordsworth would have thought of the seaplanes? He wasn’t all that happy about the train! I suspect he would be pleased to find such a welcoming and still beautiful spot there today, however.

  4. Enjoyed your post. I like the monochrome photo of wintry Ullswater. I was there on a hot day in July walking up Place Fell. I hope to visit the Lakes again soon

  5. I first went to the Lakes as a boy on a cadet camp I never March. We were in Langdale, I have loved the Lakes ever since. When I first saw your picture of the beer in front of the fire I thought it was your camper van in flames with you drinking beer calmly in the foreground. This reaction is probably due my aversion to tents or any accommodation that does not have its own heated bathroom firmly attached…

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