The site of St Cuthbert’s Kirk lies in the older part of the kirkyard in Kirkcudbright. The ancient church was dedicated to Saint Cuthbert, the patron saint of Anglian kingdom of Northumbria. The town is named after it.
Rising above the town, the kirkyard can be viewed from across the River Dee and is a perfect spot to watch the sun set.
Lisa of the blog NorthWest Frame of Mind has decided to run a different project over the next 24 weeks. To try to show what is happening in different parts of the world (if you all join in) at a particular time of day. If you would like to participate you have until next Saturday midnight to post a photo or write about what is happening in your part of the world. This week is between 21:00 – 22:00. I hope you’ll join in! See links for more details.
Description: Every Tuesday I offer the “A to Z challenge”, walking step by step through the alphabet.
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Well this is the end of the A to Z challenge and probably the most tricky letter for me as I haven’t got any buildings or architectural terms beginning with a Z, In fact the only one I can find is a Ziggurat and not having visited Mesopotamia (Iraq and Iran) needless to say I don’t have a photo of one.
So I hope my Zulu huts will suffice! It’s been an enjoyable journey, thinking of interesting buildings around the world for the challenge, and those of you who have followed this from the start, I hope that you have enjoyed it too :)
If you want to visit a game reserve in southern Africa, but don’t have deep pockets then do not despair. Addo Elephant Park in the Eastern Cape is a reserve that is home to much more than elephants, and you can stay inside the park in adorable thatched roofed Rondavels, in the style of traditional African huts.
It rained on Thursday 5th June, but not too heavily. After a lazy start and some essential shopping in Keswick, we drove to see the Catlerigg Stone Circle above Keswick and then on to Ullswater, stopping for an early dinner in a traditional pub, The Horse and Farrier, in Dacre on the way back. On reaching Keswick it had turned into a lovely evening, with the sun shining and the air warm. Time to take another stroll around the lake – OK, not ALL the way round – just a short circuit past the Keswick launches, along the foreshore and up to Friar’s Crag then around a beach full of lambs playing tag and hide and seek, skirting Cockshut Wood, up towards Castlehead Wood and back into the town. About an hour’s gentle stroll.
Head on down to the lakeside from the town passing through Hope Park where the flower beds are full of pretty blues like these geraniums and irises.
Ink blue bearded-iris
alongside the new Theatre by the Lake
with a glance across Crow Park where sheep roam and people gather for picnics and the 360 degree views of the surrounding fells – Borrowdale to the south, Catbells to the west, Skiddaw and Blencathra, north-east.
Carry on along to where the road terminates at the Keswick Launch jetties. There are lots of benches to sit on and watch the sun set over Derwentwater
And it continues as a broad pathway which follows the lake shore through shady trees to Friar’s Crag
which is named because the craggy headland is said to have been the launch point for monks making a pilgrimage to St Herbert’s Island.
(St Herbert’s Island was the setting for Owl Island in Beatrix Potter’s book ‘The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin’. )
Bear left to visit a memorial to John Ruskin in amongst the trees, then head down some steps to another path which leads through a gate and onto the shoreline.
Where a group of young lambs were play-fighting and chasing one another along the shore.
At this point you can continue around the lakeside through another gate leading to Calfhouse Bay, but we left the shore and headed back towards Keswick via Cockshut Wood.
Footpath to Cockshut Wood
A Gaggle of Geese
View to Derwent Isle
Path along the foreshore
Sun going down
Boardwalk through the meadow
Through another gate into the wood, watch out for deer and red squirrels, then at a clearing, exit right through a gate towards Castlehead Wood, up on a hill in front of you.
We didn’t go up there on this evening as we’d been up before and it’s a rough scramble at the top to a view-point. That’s another walk!
At the road, turn left along a path which runs parallel to the Borrowdale Road and back into the town. We left it at the churchyard and cut through the lane beside the church back to our apartment.
A fine evening with a crescent moon
St John’s Church
Where we had a lovely cold G&T.
If you enjoy a walk, short or long, then you may enjoy visiting Jo’s Monday Walk where you are in for a treat.
Last Sunday OH and I headed off to listen to some music in one of the pubs taking part in the Ludlow Fringe Festival. The pub was so packed, we listened from outside for a while, then decided to head home via a stroll around the water-meadow and the castle walls. It was the last performance of “As You Like It” in the castle grounds and we could hear singing at the end of the play as we passed by.
What did make us stop though was the sight of the sun disappearing through a cloud and creating that well-known ‘silver-lining’.
We waited until it reappeared at the bottom of the cloud to capture the warm glow of a sun setting. Though it probably had another hour or so to go before it did.
Lisa of the blog NorthWest Frame of Mind has decided to run a different project over the next 24 weeks. To try to show what is happening in different parts of the world (if you all join in) at a particular time of day. If you would like to participate you have until next Saturday midnight to post a photo or write about what is happening in your part of the world between 20:00 – 21:00this week. I hope you’ll join in! See links for more details.