This page tells you a little about myself and family. If you would like to read a bit about what I like, click on the following links to my other pages.
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My name is Liz Lemal and I live in Silsden, a small town near Keighley in West Yorkshire. Silsden is a very friendly town situated on the edge of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales. The old market town of Skipton is 6 miles to the west and Ilkley, famous for its Moor is 5 miles to the east. The pretty village of Bolton Abbey with its ancient ruined priory on the banks of the River Wharfe is also nearby.
I lived in Scotland for 17 years, including 2 years on Knoydart (one of the remotest parts of mainland Britain accessible only by boat or an 18 mile trek from Kinlochhourn) where I spent a year as landlady of The Old Forge 'the remotest pub in Britain' - to quote the Guinness Book of Records. I also lived in the small village of Duirinish which is between Plockton (the setting for BBC series 'Hamish McBeth') and Kyle of Lochalsh.
I moved back to Yorkshire in 1992 following the death of my mother wanting to be nearer to my family.
The above photo was taken on Holme Fell on a lovely hot day in July 2013 – there's a short report on my walks page.
I share my life with Ziggy and Zorro, my beautiful white and black cats, (see my four-legged family below) and have three other gorgeous girls: my beautiful daughter Sophie and my two beautiful granddaughters Hollie Emma, born 13 October 2005 and Esme Neve, born 19 February 2014. They live in Skipton with Sophie's partner, Jack.
I retired in 2006 as Library Supervisor at Silsden Library as I decided I needed a couple of months holiday. I now work freelance offering editorial and secretarial services. Have a look at my business page for details of what I offer.
In 2006/7 I studied with the Open University and passed my first course, An Introduction to the Humanities – I can now put Cert Hum (OU) after my name.
I love walking, especially in the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District – and English Springer Spaniels. I love playing the piano and listen to a wide variety of music – my favourites include Runrig, Leonard Cohen, OMD, Crowded House, Bryan Adams and David Gray. I also have quite a large collection of Beanie bears and I love spotting Eddie Stobart lorries. I enjoy reading; especially anything to do with the Lake District and Yorkshire! I love buying books about the Lake District too – old ones and new ones – and have quite an extensive library of Wainwrights, Heaton Coopers and Harry Griffins. I also love gardening.
I'd also like to get more done to my web page – more Lakes and Dales photos on for a start. My walks pages aren't meant to be comprehensive detailed routes for people to follow. There are plenty of them already on the net. They're more a diary for me since I started walking and if people like reading them and find them interesting, then I'm happy too. I started walking in the Lake District in 1992 when I returned to Yorkshire from Scotland – although when I was younger (!) I had actually worked for a year at the Low Wood Hotel overlooking Windermere.
There are 214 Wainwrights (hills and mountains in the Lake District walked and climbed by the late Alfred Wainwright in the 1950s and 1960s and beautifully described in his 7 Pictorial Guide books). And on 29 May 2003 (also my birthday) I completed the round finishing with Mellbreak – a super day and a wonderful fell to finish on. In 2006 I was very privileged to be made an Honorary Member of The Wainwright Society for my work on The Great Lakeland Challenge – a book of walks by fellow Wainwright devotees who each climbed a Wainwright peak in one week in May 2005, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the publication of his first pictorial guide
|These two photos are of my old Springer Spaniel, Bertie who died in 1997 age 14. The pic on the left is Bertie on Maiden Moor on New Year's Eve 1993 and the one on the right was taken on a very hot day on Rampsgill Head in May 1995 – we shared the hat!|
He was the softest, gentlest dog you could ever meet and was a registered PAT (Pets as Therapy) dog. But he was born with a disability that the vets couldn't put a name to or cure. He could fall over in a puddle and have to be helped up and stiles were an impossibility for him and he had to be lifted over. And on one walk he ended up being carried down Langstrath in the rucksack! But he managed over 100 Wainwrights with us including Helvellyn and Skiddaw. I still miss him.
|The two photos are of our cheeky cat Jasper who we got from the Cats Protection League in 1997 when he was 18 months old. Having always had dogs, I didn't know if I'd be happy with a cat but Jasper changed my mind for me. He was beautiful and a big softie – he never stopped purring, even when the vet was sticking the needle in for his many blood tests.|
Sadly Jasper died on 18 September 2009 aged 14. He was a real softie but suffered with hyperthyroidsm. He was diagnosed with it about 3 years ago and was on permanent medication. In 2007 he had part of his thyroid removed. His condition deteriorated fast during summer 09 and I made the heartbreaking decision to let him go to cat heaven. I know he'll be happy there and pain free as well. Bless the little man – he is greatly missed.
|In October 2011 Sophie talked me into getting a kitten. I was thinking more about an older cat who needed a loving home and would be nice and quiet. Tilly certainly changed my life and we had great fun together. She was a bundle of mischief but in the evenings she liked nothing better that cuddling up with me and watching TV. But sadly in October 2012 Tilly was run over and died. I had the pleasure of her company for a short 12 months but in that short time she gave me so much pleasure. She is very much missed.
The photo is of her aged about 3 months, helping me with some paper work.
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