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Gallery 2020 - March-December

Greater spotted woodpecker
Kendal wall
All bookings for High House from mid March until the end of June (those in July to be reviewed in early June) were cancelled due to the Covid-19 virus, and all deposits returned. Travel restrictions were severe, but in early May they started too ease. Many people in tourist areas were very concerned that people travelling in for the day would spread the virus. Peter Edmondson at Seathwaite Farm (not Edmonson as in the articlel below) reflected the concern of many when he appeared on the BBC local news. This article was copied from the BBC web site.

Barriers put up by a Cumbrian sheep farmer to stop tourists walking across his land during the coronavirus pandemic have been taken down.

Peter Edmonson, who has a heart condition, built a road block near his home in Seathwaite, near Keswick. He said it was "quite frightening" that walkers were using his land without cleaning their hands. Cumbria County Council said there was "no legal restriction on people visiting the Lake District". "We have no option other than to take action to remove any blockages that prevent access to the highway," a spokesperson said. However the authority urged people "to respect our local communities and keep their Lake District plans on hold for now". Since lockdown measures were relaxed hundreds of ramblers have been heading to the Lake District.

One of the most popular walking routes in the county goes through Mr Edmonson's farmyard, following a path which passes close to the farm buildings. "They've got no gloves on, they haven't even sanitised their hands so then I've got to take these sheep out of the sheep pens later and I've got to open that gate," he said.

When lockdown began Mr Edmonson blocked the end of the road to divert people away from the farmyard, but when measures were eased the council removed the barriers. "They made us feel like we were criminals - and we're not," he said. "We're just trying to look after our own people, our own family."

Peter Edmondson
The barriers that Peter erected on the road from Seatoller to Seathwaite
Peter's sign at the entrance to the farm.
June -
The month was very unsettled for weather as the following report from the Met Office shows.

While June 2020 overall was not a record-breaking month, it has been notable for many, with some heavy rainfall at times. And, despite cooler days in the inclement weather, there was a notable heatwave and there have been some warmer than average nights.
Early in June there was a gradual breakdown of the high-pressure system which was responsible for bringing us the sunniest spring and the driest May since records began.
The breakdown allowed a return to Atlantic weather systems, bringing unsettled weather across the UK. Low pressure prevailed for much of the month, with spells of heavy rain and showers for many, triggering Met Office rain and thunderstorm warnings at times. The June rainfall was above average across most of the UK.

Although Cumbria as a whole recorded 151mm of rainfall, its 13th wettest June on record, Honister Pass Environment Agency rain gauge recorded 212.8mm of rainfall on 28th June (24-hour total) breaking the wettest June day on record for the UK, the prevous record being 208.4mm set in 2012. It was also the wettest day of 2020 so far.

July -
By the middle of the month, lock-down guidlines started to ease, so High House was opened up to members on a limited two household basis. Maja and Jim, and Pam and Mike visited to open it up (flushing water through, checking for legionella, cleaning, etc) and took the photos below. Apart from the grounds being overgrown as expected, including nettles, the place was in good order.

The two photos below show how the track has started to become overgrown due to lack of usage.

Rods table in the middle of long grass.
But the building was looking as good as ever
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