Saturday, 24 October 2009

Langdale /Ambleside Mountain Rescue Team

One of my interests outside the world of art is being a member of Langdale/Ambleside Mountain Rescue Team. Alongside this, I'm training my young Border Collie Einich to be a Search Dog. Not only does that keep me busy, I also decided to take on the role of making a promotional film for the team to use on open nights during the summer months.

Today was one of those less than perfect days for filming, wet with the forecast to become windy later!!!! (Not good, if the camera isn't designed for underwater film making). We spent the morning in the National Trust car park at the New Dungeon Ghyll in Langdale. The team felt it was important to encourage safety awareness after a spate of serious accidents last winter due to lack of experience and the right equipment. The idea was to encourage the less experienced hill goers to be prepared for poor conditions in the hills. Having the right equipment and knowing how to use it is a clear message that will hopefully save lives this winter.
BBC North West and Border TV where also out filming. I managed to avoid being on camera.

For more information about the search dogs go to the website

P.s The camera survived.

Monday, 19 October 2009

Autumn Outings

Early autumn in Abernethy - The Cairngorms

The Autumn colours are now starting to look quite promising. I travelled North to Glencoe to meet up with my boyfriend Dave who is always on the lookout for that perfect photograph. I took the opportunity to collect plenty of sketches and photographs ready to develop into paintings once I returned to the Lakes. The weather in the West didn't seem to want to let up, I know I like a bit of bad weather but sometimes it can get a bit much, so we travelled East to the Cairngorm to seek a bit of sunshine.
Returning to the Lakes, I found the Autumn colours developing quite nicely. The Duddon valley is one of my favorite haunts at this time of year.
Keep an eye on the News page for information on my forthcoming Exhibition early next year.

Dave seems to enjoy the prospect of getting his feet wet in order to search for that perfect shot. Einich looks on!!!! She's not quite so keen.