On Sunday, me and Matthew spent the day in the beautiful Keswick and the Lake District with his family. The first anniversary of Matt’s dad’s death happened to fall on Father’s Day (which was quite sweet actually) and it was time to spread his ashes with his dad’s wife and the rest of his family. Although we both expected it to be a completely miserable and emotional day, it was lovely.
Phil (Matt’s dad) and his wife Claire regularly visited the Lake District – it was their absolute favourite – so it was only fitting to have Phil’s ashes spread around one of the Lakes. To do this, we hiked for 9 miles to find the perfect spot (which we found!). All of his sons, his wife and his close friends scattered his ashes into the roots of the woodland trees and along the rocky lakeside coast. We all then continued our trek around the lake, before settling down for a drink at the end of the trail in a nice hotel.
Because I was snapping away (oh, what a surprise!), me and Matt got pretty lost at one point! We had no signal and when we did nobody was picking up the phone… Honestly, I was worrying a little for a while there but we just decided to continue in that one direction. We eventually found everyone else at the hotel, thankfully. Apparently they could see us all along and me and Matt had only thought we were lost because of our completely awful eyesight, oops!
I don’t think I’ve ever ached this much before. The majority of the walk was up hill so my legs are pretty much dead, and because I had a heavy backpack on I’m still walking like the Hunchback of Notre-Dame. The pain was worth it though. The views in the Lake District are incredible. Really, they’re completely breath-taking… (even though it was a pretty dull day and the skies were a boring white sheet).
It was nice spending some time with Matt’s family too. Him and his brothers (and all the brother’s girlfriends/wives) are pretty similar ages, so we get along well as a group. The entire day was a really great combination of nature, photography, fun and purpose.
Here are some photographs that I took throughout the day!
It was a bloody long day but it was completely worth it to be completely immersed in nature. I absolutely love the Lake District!
Have you ever been to Keswick?
You can read my previous post here.
Photographs are my own. © Morgan Mills.