Autumn Diary 2019

Our Autumn diary 2019 is a tribute to Eddie Kay. A true friend to all at Howtown and a man who embraced life here in the valley. It was Eddie who first penned the diary pages of our website back in 2013 and his entries have entertained and informed many of our visitors over the subsequent years. His love of the area is reflected in his poem ‘Martindale’, published in 1997



A dusty road in and overcrowded country

a place of solace to those who visit

a haven to sitters, walkers and standers

who in its peaceful vastness readily submit


A goal to the city folk

whose nine to five stresses

and rush hour migraines

beg for its tender caresses


In the shadow of mighty Ullswater

A perfect beauty spot, with or without the pout

An impossibility oozing out of the possible

the in place to be out


From beyond the cattle grid

Everything will all join together

Depending on the mood, or the person

But always dependent on the weather


The Autumn 2019 Martindale Gallery is available to view here

To read the  Diary Archives beginning with Eddie's first entry 'Life in Martindale Summer 2013' click here.

Eddie Kay 1964 – 2019