Samuel Johnson wrote Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia in the 18th century and I read it in college in the 20th (it’s where we get the word serendipity from). The grave of Rasselas, native of Abyssinia is in the churchyard of the 15th century St Martin’s church in Bowness. Lovely weather brought the tourists out in the pier area. Click any image to see them each enlarged to full size.

Wray Castle

After alighting the ferry we walked up the hill to the castle, wandered round the grounds and peeked inside. The 1840s mock-Gothic mansion was being renovated, all the furniture had been removed and the ticket-takers suggested we might not like to purchase tourist tickets under the circumstances. But the walk around was gorgeous. Click any image to see them each full-size.


from the train, Manchester to Wigan, UK

Some years ago I took a series of motion blurred pictures in Northern France from the window of the TGV from London, which I’ve always liked. I tried again here to capture the countryside blurred by the speed of the train and a too-slow shutterspeed.

Dirk Gently

We now interrupt your regularly scheduled program to bring you photos from the first two weeks of May taken hiking England’s Lake District. Pictures can scarcely do justice to the beauty of this area or how marvelous an experience we had wandering these trails among sheep, geese, ducks, cows and horses, stones and streams, lichen and moss.

Our first image is from the train(s) from Manchester to Windermere (we wound up taking 3 trains, then a bus, then walking a mile with our bags after the 6.5 hour flight from NY – we were a little tired upon arrival).

Manchester train station, UK