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So I'm back. And it was actually drier up in the Lakes than it currently is down here. Well, it was until Thursday, anyway. Most of the time, it was a combination of sun and rain, which ended up creating a sight I had never seen before:

No trickery, it was genuinely that low down. This was taken on our way back to Ambleside via the Kirkstone Pass while we were sat in a car park. And we kept on seeing rainbows like this one throughout the week. It was quite amazing.

And this is what I brought while I was there:

While we were visiting Keswick Market (they have pet logs for sale there. Seriously), I found this. Not only does it have the wind chimes, it has a secondary rudder so that the dragon's head can move around. That's pretty neat.

True to my word, I brought a tin whistle, which only cost about £3. I've still yet to find a music book for it, but I've been finding some sheet music online to practice with, and I think I'm doing reasonably well considering I've only been playing for a couple of days and can't really distinguish notes by ear (I'm slightly deaf). The high notes are still a bit of a problem at the moment though, as my breath control is pretty bad.

But this is my personal favourite, and it is awesome:

[community profile] angelbless got my attention when we were in a shop in Grasmere and brought me to a cabinet in the corner, where I came face to face with an absolutely beautiful pocket-watch engraved with the Welsh Dragon and with a window showing the inner mechanism (the back cover also pops open to reveal another window on the other side). Now, I love dragons, I love pocket-watches, and I am a major nerd for clockwork mechanisms. It's a match made in geek heaven.

So what was the deal clincher? The price. £40. Talk about a no-brainer.
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