Thanks to everyone that has taken the time to write in. With the easing of restrictions we hope that soon we can all start creating new memories to supplement our reminiscences but in the meantime do please drop us an email if you'd like to share any memories or images with us via this now fortnightly newsletter. email@example.com
Macaws near Kirkby Stephen
Thanks to Jackie and Dave Wedd for an update on our parrot sighting in the Westmorland Dales!
"These birds belong to the John Strutt Conservation Foundation - see their website John Strutt Conservation Foundation As I'm sure you will hear from others! The history of them was told in a Cumberland and Westmorland Herald article in 2015 - Corner of Eden exotic parrots share with native birds"
Many thanks for the weekly newsletter. It helps to make up for not being able to travel up from Norfolk yet, for though at a distance we usually come to the Lake District at least twice a year. My first mountain was Wetherlam with a 1 inch O.S. map as my guide on 16th August 1974. I'd not heard of Alfred Wainwright at that stage of my adventures, but I did have compass, boots and wet gear. An unusual starting point you may think, but having reached the summit by the edge, despite cloud and going astray near Hawk Rigg, I was hooked on fell walking for life!
Not only the mountains but so many aspects of Cumbria have brought us joy over the years; family picnics by Ullswater and in Mungrisedale, various boat trips on Derwentwater and Windermere, just ambling by tarns and watching birds and lambs. But this was meant to be just a short "thank you" note so I'll bring it to an end, with renewed thanks for all The Friends do for this wonderful part of our world.
Arthur Windridge, Cromer Norfolk