Military planes regularly practice flight manouevres over Windermere. It can be a little disconcerting, particularly with the modern jets. The ferocious roar of the engines seems to come from nowhere as they speed along, following the edges of the hills.
This plane wasn’t as noisy as the jets, but it approached our boat at quite a low level before banking at a sharp angle and disappearing into the hills.
I love the Lake District and this short trip has made me realise how much I’ve missed it. I spent a lot of childhood holidays here but, since I’ve been in London, I’ve rarely visited. My last trip, before this one, was over ten years ago. I’m going to start visiting more frequently again. It’s so calming here and the views are so beautiful.
The weather isn’t great this week but, for me, the rainclouds just add to the beauty of the place.
We have some friends from Australia staying with us at the moment. Yesterday, we took them on the London Eye, a giant Ferris wheel on the South Bank of the River Thames. We boarded our capsule as the sun was setting. The sky and lighting were quite dramatic.
I’ve not had chance to take any new photographs this week, so I’ve been going back through my photo archive and revisiting images from many years ago.
I took this picture of West Pier in Brighton in 2004, a year after two separate fires had ravaged the structure. The pier had been closed since 1975 after the company that owned it filed for bankruptcy. Since then, it had fallen into a state of disrepair but the fires really finished it off.