I’m in the Lake District to teach a two-day course on algae for the Freshwater Biological Association. The weather forecast on the Breakfast News announced a heatwave but this seems to apply everywhere but here as you can see in the picture below. My co-tutor on this course is Allan Pentecost (see “Discovering a liking for lichens …”) and the picture below shows him introducing the participants to tufa in a small calcareous spring flowing off Whitbarrow. Notice how we all had blithely ignored the weather forecaster’s advice to pack sun cream
Allan Pentecost introducing participants on the FBA’s “Introduction to freshwater macroalgae” course to a calcareous stream at Whitbarrow.
The weather did steadily improve during the day, with the sun breaking through just as we all headed into the laboratory for an afternoon of microscopy. C’est la vie. It did mean that I had a long, warm evening to anticipate once the day had finished, and I took the opportunity to walk from my hotel in Near Sawrey to Hawkshead and back, with some spectacular views of the Cumbrian fells as a reward.
The view across West Een Tarn towards the Cumbrian Fells. The two peaks of the Langdales are on the right.