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S: Tranquil Otter, August 2011

BC: (c) Helen A Aveling & Nicole White, 2011

FC: Tranquil Otter August 2011

1: Tuesday 16 August | The packing process - with some help from Bubz!

2: All packed up ... | Wednesday 17 August

3: ...and off we go!

4: City Centre, Milton Keynes | We spent the evening with Diane and Peter Phillips before diving into bed.

5: Thursday 18 August | The Premier Inn in Mere, Knutsford has a super accessible bathroom - oh, and the bedroom is very good too They also both knew about, and had, elephant feet!

6: Friday 19 August | Lounging around Lancaster

7: Arriving at the Tranquil Otter

8: Our home for a week

10: Saturday 20 August

11: Around the lake

12: Lake & trees

13: Water .......................................... Reeds

14: Carlisle

15: History in Carlisle

16: Sunday 21 August | Sunday morning visitors | Leah's first visit

17: Leah's first visit

18: Nicole's Sunday Afternoon Walk | It all started harmlessly enough, but she went on ... and on ... and on

19: ... and she's nearly halfway round!

20: ... and she has passed the hide now ...

21: ... and on to the Finishing Line! She speed-walked it in between 45 minutes and an hour. From everyone on the commentary team a very well done to Nicole! | Production Team Commentator: Ottie Otter Camera: Squiggs Redd-Squirrel Tracker: Farsight Tawny Owl Stills: Chip King Fisher

22: Monday 22 August | A day of forts and priories! | Driving to Birdoswald | Once at Birdoswald - an unusual sight: an accessible porta-loo!

23: Some photos of the ruins at the fort on Hadrian's Wall known to the Romans as Banna

24: from the information boards

25: Looking along Hadrian's Wall in opposite directions | More ruins

26: An info board at Lanercost Priory

27: An archway into the Priory grounds | Me (the tiny speck at the bottom) entering the Priory church | Up to a stile up and over a wall

28: Inside and outside the church

29: Is this your secret career, Nicole White? | Looking across to very accessible tea rooms attached to the Priory

30: Seen on the way home

31: Ducks and swans at home

32: Swanning around!

33: Tuesday 23 August

34: Shop signs in Dumfries - or is it "Dunfries"? | We drove up to Dumfries which wasn't as good as I had hoped so we drove back along the coast road, stopping at Caerlaverock Castle for lunch before coming back via Gretna.

35: Caerlaverock Castle info board

36: The castle was super. It looked almost like a 1950s Hollywood castle from the outside.

37: Inside the castle ruins

38: Gretna Green | After lunch we drove through Annan and stopped at Gretna. The whole thing was a tourist trap but I picked up a couple of empty gift boxes for a quid and a black cat memo board for 4.50.

39: Taking photos

40: Wednesday 24 August | A nice morning for a walk

41: "I'm just going outside and may be some time."

42: On my walk

43: Looking up into the trees and into hedges | Viewer, I was stuck | The Fatal Root | Help! Help! Help!

44: Rescue at last! | We went to the hide but couldn't get in 'cos we didn't have a key to get in, so we went home instead.

45: On the way back

46: So that's why we had such a full car, Nicole! You'd packed your pet rhino, Woody.

47: Thursday 23 August | An early morning visit from Leah

48: Lazing around

49: Carlisle Cathedral

50: Inside the Cathedral | The painted roof

51: Stained glass at the eastern end of the Cathedral

52: More photos of the interior of the Cathedral

53: We were told these were the bells rather than the organ | Outside again | The Cathedral was almost entirely accessible which is more than could be said for the Fratery where the Tea Room was. There are steps down to it and no warning about the steps. | I nearly went down head first! It was a good job it was dry and reasonably warm as we had to eat outside. Not impressed at all.

54: Trying to get a successful recording of the water and its inhabitants

55: Duck-fest!

56: Friday 26 August | The Invisible Woman on the last morning | Farewell to the lake.

57: Last walk to landing area

58: Back to the car

59: Wonder what Bubz would think of this cattery, Nicole? I wouldn't have to leave her behind. | Relaxing at Knutsford. Nicole didn't let me take her photo - mind you, mine was dying on me, which would have made things more complex! | No way! 35 minutes in a car is enough!

60: We left Knutsford at 9 o'clock - it was very wet at that point. Decided to push on past MK home as we got to the mid-point Knutsford-MK [Watford Gap] at 11 o'clock. Spent a few hours in MK and we got home at about 5pm. with no traffic holdups, only on the approach to Dartford Bridge (inevitably).

61: At last ................... | ............ I'm home!

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  • Holiday in the Lake District in August 2011.
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