Baysbrown Farm campsite, Church Stile, Lake District –> England
First things first (if you’re not into dogs just skip this part): Henry. Does not have arthritis (hoorah!). And no parasite has invaded his spinal cord to block the *move legs* signal in his brain (phew!). But the neurologist suspects an old spinal injury is now given him jib or he could have even had a stroke and so the dog has not moved an inch in aaaaaaaaages. Having had an Xray, antibiotics, anti-inflammatory, Gabapen, suspected Neospora, Toxoplasmosis or even Polyradiculoneuritis (love that term) he is now back on the Metacam and full rest. Let me just stress to all you pet owners out there how important it is that your pet has insurance. Ours do not and I do feel very guilty that we are not able to diagnose him better. After the Xray (coming in at £240) the next step would have been an MRI which – at £1,000 a pop – simply isn’t an option. Regular medication isn’t cheap and return visits to the vet cost £16 every time we turn up. Hannah (the vet) has been great and we even managed to sneak in a video of Henry to the teaching hospital at Liverpool (where they don’t liaise with the general public and consultations start at £300!!!) which is how we got a *video diagnosis* from the neurologist but obviously this isn’t a confirmed diagnosis and we can’t detect tumours or lesions on videos and so we’re just hoping for the best and that one of these days the bad days will come to an end and H will recover.
Anyway. That didn’t stop us from enjoying a weekend in the beautiful Lake District though and here he is chillin’ a nice afternoon away:
But back to the story. I’d come across this guy’s details in the camping & caravan club magazine (don’t laugh. we’re nerds!?) and promptly signed up to one of his workshops. A weekend in the Lake District finding out how to take better pictures? Win/win!
The workshop was due to start @ 9am on the Saturday morning at the White Moss car park. For one reason or another [Mr B’s deafness. No Wifi. My inability to write down post codes or telephone numbers………] we ended up being the most disorganised people on the planet and were half an hour late for the meet. Suitably embarrassed I was relieved to find out that when we finally got there the others were very nice about it all and after quick introductions we went for a little stroll around the lake.
Stuart is a brilliant photographer and his pictures have (quite rightly!) made it into some of the biggest UK walking magazines. I was in absolute awe about just HOW EASY he makes it look to take a great shot and by the end of the day I pretty much knew that I have TONS to learn. So here’s some of the shots from the day [no ND filter. no long exposures. nothing new really, just some behind the scene shots I guess].
I thoroughly enjoyed the day! I now have extreme camera envy and a burning desire to take pictures 24 hours a day! I guess it’s all part of a massive learning curve but I really wish I could re-publish most of my posts on vanplusfour. Which – considering I can just about manage to push out a couple of posts a month – is like mission impossible.
Mr B and the dogs spent the day chilling by the lake, taking a look at some of the stunning views (Maisie) or taking a nap by the van (Henry).
We were looking forward to going back to the camp site, Baysbrown Farm is A.M.A.Z.I.N.G! Outstanding views. Lots of space. Curious farm animals [we particularly liked the free-roaming chickens ^_^]. Excellent toilet & shower facilities [this is the kind of site you could happily bring a camping virgin to and then leave with a freshly converted camping addict!].
On the Sunday we can’t wait to start exploring the area and it’s exactly then that we decide: must. come. back.!
To finish off, some #vw #vanporn :)