Saturday, 8 December 2018

Oscar the Mountain dog.... 01/04/2007 too 03/12/2018

 Oscar joined us, June 2007, as an older pup of 8wks.He was from a litter of eight from his parents home in Woodland,here in South Cumbria 

He took to family and hill life as just another step,trained easy and never on the lead in all his hill days.He loved the snow and without asking just lifted a leg so i could put his pack on

The pictures are from his home in the Lakes hill and the mountains of Scotland,he completed a round of the Wainwright's and at a guess a hundred or so Munros 

"All his sweet and shaggy life,
always near me, never troubling me,
and asking nothing "

 "A heart of gold stopped beating,
  Two shinning eyes at rest.
  God broke our hearts to prove to us,
   He only takes the best.

"My sunshine doesn't come from the skies,
 It comes from the love in my dogs eyes."

"You're only a dog, old fellow;
 a dog, and you've had your day;
 But never a friend of all my friends
 has been truer than you always"

"Sleeping here, my chin
On your foot--no greater bliss"

"Tis sweet to hear the watch dogs honest bark
 Bay deep-mouthed welcome as we draw near home.
 'Tis sweet to know there is an eye will mark
 Our coming and look brighter when we come "

"I lie belly up
 In the sunshine, happier than
 You will ever be "

"I choose, I choose the mountain
 With all the stress and strain
 Because only by climbing
 Can i rise above the plain"


Oscar had been on Tramadol and other pills from Last September,but on Monday 3rd of December,he was in pain and he had to leave us.The hardest thing we've ever had to do,but we held him as he slipped away 

Till we meet again good friend 

"Do not stand at my grave and weep
 I am not there,i do not sleep.
 I am a thousand winds that blow.
 I am the diamond glints on snow.
 I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
 I am the gentle autumn rain.
 When you awaken in the morning's hush
 I am the swift uplifting rush
 Of quiet birds in circled flight.
 I am the soft stars that shine at night.
 Do not stand at my grave and cry;
 I am not there, I did not die.

Oscar dog 01/04/2007 till 03/12/2018

Thursday, 22 November 2018

Kentmere Horseshoe and wild camp,including stunning sunset,night shots, sunrise an inversion and brocken spectres ..Nov 2018

 With the problems of general life, this year,ive not got out as much with Lee as i normally does it was good to meet up again

I arrived early and waited for Lee at the weir and then made our way up the Kentmere valley in just one car.I had seen some inversion and driven through some fog on the way here,as we climbed you could see these inversions in the distance 

Upper Kentmere valley was still asleep as we passed the last few, dream location houses,and headed up towards to the high ground 

We decided to camp early and choose Harter fell,thinking it would help us get an inversion in the morning.The forecast was for strong Easterly winds as the day went ones we found a nice spot just off the summit high ground 

Shelter pitched we went for a stroll down to Little Harter fell and then pick up some water as we returned 

Sunset is early this time of years four pm saw us wonder up to the summit to take in the views, they did not disappoint,it was a lovely sunset 

Lee made a handy  model as we chatted away,snapping sunsets go it was a beauty 

THe Duomid XL is way to big for one ! But the room it gives is superb 

Tea was another Real Turmat and it was very tasty, i like to use a little less water than stated and it hydrated perfectly

I tried a few night shots early on but the moon washed out the night sky,after a few more brews and watching a film i settled down to sleep

Luckily i woke around 2-30 am and it seemed darker,i looked out and was happy to see the moon had dropped away.The star show was very impressive the cold fresh East wind was not kind on my fingers as i set up the camera 

I was taking pics and watching the skies till around 3-30 am so i slept well again till just gone 6-30 am..a brew on i got out to see how things were looking.Luckily over to the East was a lovely inversion

The colour started nearly an hour before sunrise and the whole sunrise was a stunner with low cloud roll around,pushed on by the cold East winds 

My tea and breakfast were both from Basecamp foods,this breakfast was lovely with a good spoonful of Nido milk powder mixed into it 

The wknd had already given a lot but after setting off we got treated to a fantastic Brocken spectre,it was full of colour and bigger than many ive witnessed over the years

From our camp we dropped to the pass and then cut across to Thornthwaite crag the views all around were stunning 

 All in all it was a great wknd to be wild camping 

 Heres a video i did, with some nice cloud scenes in it,plays much better with at least 720 selected and played on a bigger screen  


Thanks for looking and safe travels ...Peter