Saturday, 13 December 2003
Pix Of The Day: In Every Cloud a Little Sunshine
CREDIT: © Tony Richards/LakelandCAM.co.uk
WHERE: Gt. Langdale, Ambleside, Cumbria, England. WHAT: mountain sun splashes.
MAP: Gt. Langdale and Dungeon Ghyll. Thumbnail click pops-up larger image.
The Langdale Valleys of the English Lake District are one of the premier destinations for tourists to the district. Rock climbers, and persons training for extreme expeditions to the world's highest mountain ranges, come here for the exposed routes on some of the crags where the early skills of the sport evolved. One seam of particularly hard rock was used by the ancients to make stone axes that were traded widely, possibly for ceremonial use because of their fine quality.
This recent picture from Tony Richards on LakelandCAM.co.uk was taken near the New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel. We thought the picture very reminiscent of the best of Lakeland: we have no wish to be cleverly contrary, but the rain and cloud as much as the sunshine make this a very special place. As Billy Connolly says of Scotland, "Of course it @#*•!*# rains, that's why it's so @#*•!*# green!" The Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel is still in existence, indeed it is thriving. The hotel has linked with two other hotels, the Scafell Hotel and the Wasdale head Inn in the neighboring valleys of Borrowdale and Wasdale respectively, to create a three valley walk, featured on a dedicated web site named LakelandWay.com with all the details.
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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)