The view from my window seat across Ullswater Lake is stunning and is ever changing. When the sun shines everything sparkles. The sun came out for us on our first day in the Lake’s District and Keith had found a walk he thought we would enjoy.

It promised glorious views and it certainly did not disappoint. In fact, it was so perfect that we both decided that if it rained for the rest of the week, this moment of sunshine would suffice.

A few miles down the lake is a waterfall called Aire force. At first, I thought that the airforce had an airport there and thought it rather peculiar that many previous visitors had commented on enjoying their visit to the Aire force. I kept asking myself “why would they choose to visit an air base?” Silly me. The waterfall was spectacular and was loud abounding in energy. However, it was set in a dark dark wood with no view at all. This is a picture of the bridge going across the top of the tallest fall – a little different to the stepping stones of Wentworth Falls!


I was craving to walk in the sunshine and have open space around me.  Here we caught a glimpse of  Lake Ullswater:

We eventually found the track leading up Gowbarrow Fell. It went up and up and up. The vegetation, characteristic of all the Lake District area is low lying – lots of bracken growing, with very few trees, lending itself to constant views.



Much of the hillside was covered in a beautiful, tiny purple flower. From a distance, it looked like the hills were clothed with a purple shawl.


With the time difference, it was 19th August back home, our youngest son’s nineteenth birthday – a perfect time to think about him and the joy he has been to us both – we toasted Johnny with our bottles of water. It is birthdays when family and friends seem far away – even more so here as we had no internet access at all.


What a day and what a walk. God’s world is majestic and I was filled with wonder and awe in response.

About sarahcondie

I am a Christian, a wife, a mother, an ex-librarian, a minister's wife, a women's Pastor, a quilter, a reader, I enjoy thinking about things slowly, I love cups of tea, I love sitting at my kitchen table in dappled sunlight and chatting with my friends, my children's friends, my family abut anything and everything.
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