We’ve just come back from a great weekend camping near Kielder Water with a group of our Yorkshire friends. We stayed on a working farm and I was proud to recognise a Scotch Mule in one of the sheep pens (my sheep guide does work then!). We could hear curlews in the evening.
We had a walk round Kielder Water and stumbled on a golden fairytale wooden structure on the lakeside constructed from slices of carved wood and stood on metal rods. It is the work of Studio Weave, an architecture company who produce playful structures based on story in landscape. It had a twin shelter on the other side of the lake drawn from a story about two characters called Freya and Robin. We all loved it. Check it out here: www.studioweave.com/projects/freya-and-robin-kielder-art-and-architecture/.
Needless to say the squally weather caught up with us on Sunday morning, hence putting the tents away was a pretty damp experience. It feels like April and May have got themselves muddled up this year. We returned home to radio reports of cancelled ferries to the Scottish islands and weather warnings for the Forth Bridge. Although, it was lovely after a hot bath to snuggle down beside the stove in our little house. Damp tents, clothes, shoes, and humans gently steaming!