Wednesday, 2 November 2016
Lake District Day Two. St Raven's Edge. Stony Cove Pike. High Street. Hayeswater. Hartsop
The next day, Saturday, dawned bright and clear over Patterdale in the English Lake District so we planned a big hill outing to fit the predicted spell of good weather. This is a view of Helvellyn from the climbing hut window.
'Eden' it seems is a very wealthy place generally, when transported into reality and out of myth, as you probably need that steady capital income to look this good. A landscape equivalent of a high maintenance female at the top of her game perhaps, pulling out all the stops, as it takes many years of practice, commitment, effort, money and an assured sense of style to produce such 'natural' elegance and charming surroundings. It certainly doesn't happen with poverty very often as you can tell this effect immediately if you drive out of this golden bubble a few miles west towards the coast, containing less attractive scenery and a noticeable drop in housing standards, job opportunities, and a much more downmarket feel and atmosphere passing through these very different, post industrial towns and villages. Personally, I like both areas but it did feel like a genuine and real privilege to walk through such an enchanted landscape that anywhere else would normally be out of bounds or not so open of access.
I've been a fan of the extraordinary world of Bioshock for years now and there's several complete films in one go of this award winning game. I never play computer games myself but this imagined world completely swept me away with it's vivid landscapes, characters, plot lines, back story and ending. Easily as entrancing as the Lake District and the first sight of the floating city of Columbia is one nobody with a pulse should ever forget. Entrancing- mind-blowing- and visionary in its scope and details. Few mainstream films are as good or as continuously interesting as this. Even if you just watch the first 10 minutes of this you get some idea of the scale and complexity involved. PS... Columbia is also a real place built in Maryland in the late 1960s, a garden village community that ranks in the top ten best places to live in the USA. So not that far removed from the Lake District after all. Another 'golden bubble' locality... as is this.