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ALL THE LATEST NEWS, VIEWS AND STORIES FROM AROUND YOUR LOCAL AREA:MARCH/APRIL PERCY HOUSE GALLERY


CHALLENGING WATERS FOR JOHN MATHER!


Pastures New


PERCY HOUSE GALLERY 38-42 Market Place, Cockermouth


01900 829 667


Born in Bruges, Thuline de Cock is now based in Cumbria. Using bright bold colours, she observes animals, their shapes, gestures and mannerisms.


“Cows are funny creatures. Just like humans, they have their own characters. Their faces show expressions and a curiosity that never stop to amaze and fascinate me.”


Thuline’s work is also available as printed canvases and now cushions.


Main Picture: White Curls by Thuline de Cock


Leading wood turner Tracy Owen has bought in a selection of bowls and vases (pictured left).


He specialises in green (or wet) wood turning of bowls and hollow forms to produce unique one- off pieces. Green wood is used as the wood moves when it


is drying and adds character to the piece. Tracy also likes to add texture to his work which is achieved with sandblasting and carving.


www.percyhouse.co.uk John with the Loweswater Crew!


Continued from cover... These 17 lakes range in size from Brotherswater, the smallest which is just under a mile in length, to Windermere, the longest natural lake in England, which is ten and a half miles long.


By the time John completed this task in October 2016, he estimates that he swam a total distance of 40 miles, which is greater than that by someone attempting to cross the English Channel.


He normally swam with colleagues and was always supported with one or more boats in the busier lakes.


John decided to write an account of his journey for four reasons: to celebrate all the good people he met and marvellous adventures he enjoyed; to highlight the beauty and fragility of this wonderful land; to draw attention to some failings in water quality, pollution and wanton vandalism encountered and finally, to encourage other swimmers to try swimming in the lakes.


Despite being unable to swim in four of the lakes, three of them being reservoirs, he was rewarded with so many memorable adventures and fleeting glimpses of rarely seen animals and birds on his journey.


He was particularly pleased with his successful swim of Ullswater last summer. He did this to advertise that ‘Ullswater and the Lake District was open for business’ following the flooding caused by Storm Desmond in December 2015. As well as generating some good publicity from the local media, he was heartened by raising over £1,000 for Wigton Baths Trust, which was also affected by flooding.


Book Details Title: Challenging Waters


Telephone: 07799 648 534 Lorton Street Clinic, Cockermouth www.howardconnor.co.uk WWW.THECOCKERMOUTHPOST.CO.UK


The Diary of a Lake District Swimmer ISBN: 978-0-9955990-0-0


Independent publisher: Sublime Swimming Press Price: £11.99 includes post & packaging


Cheers John!


Derwentwater swim


The book includes 20 full page black and white drawings and 6 full page colour photographs.


www.johncmatherbooks.co.uk ISSUE 424 | 22 MARCH 2018 | 11


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