Our Lake District experience

Alert :Long and possibly boring post!

The place which was the inspiration behind William Wordsworth’s poetry and Beatrix Potter’s lovely stories – Lake District. England’s Lake district also boasts ofΒ  Scafell Pike – its highest mountain, Wastwater – its deepest lake apart from one of the most scenic locales in the country. Lake District is also the birth place of Stan Laurel, of Laurel and Hardy and it has the only Laurel and Hardy Museum in the world!

We had been planning to visit the Lake District since May 2005 but for one reason or the other – it just never worked out. So one day before the last long weekend in May, when we were deciding on where to go, Lake District was easily the first choice πŸ™‚ Husband was keen on taking a risk, driving up there and finding a B&B or a hotel there or just driving back in case we could not find one. Though extremely temptingΒ  – it was far too risky a strategy especially with a 3 yr old πŸ™‚

So to cut a long story short, we were really lucky to find a B&B which thankfully had a cancellation and packed our bags and started off at around 11:00 in the morning on Saturday. A friend had recommended that we take a scenic route through the Yorkshire Dales, instead of the shortest route. Given what they say about the journey being as important as the destination, we decided to have fun on the journey as well, instead of going through the boringΒ  motorways πŸ™‚ Needless to say, it took us 5 hours to reach our destination – a journey which should have taken not more than a couple of hours on the regular route πŸ™‚

Yorkshire Dales is a designated National Park , which is now a favourite destination for walkers, cyclists, horse-riders alike and for those who want to explore the lovely villages. There are lots of farm shows and duck races happenning.. We did not see anyΒ – but saw lots of hand painted signs with directions:)

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We drove on roads like these – much narrower in some places, passing people walking, cycling and even fishing πŸ™‚ Notice the fence – almost all the fences we saw in the Dales and Lake Distirct was made of stones – and from what I could make out – it did not have any binding element like cement …

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The roads start narrowing to the point where if another car came by, it was near impossible to get by.. But we hardly saw many cars as this route was primarily used by the residents and not by tourists.

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We travelled up hills and down again – almost like a roller coaster ride πŸ™‚ And here are some tired cyclists pushing their bikes up the hill..

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We stopped on the way, to see some sheep πŸ™‚ or rather so that daughter could see some sheep, and as you can see it was extremely windy πŸ™‚

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And finally, our firstΒ glimpse of Lake Windermere. We had arrived at our destination announced our Sat Nav πŸ™‚ Apparently ‘mere’ is the name given to lakes

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We went straight to Bowness on Windermere, which is quaint little town with some very cute, very English buildings.. There were lots of swans near the lake and they were so extremely friendly – they would actually reach into people’s pockets πŸ™‚

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And we then loitered around the lake soaking in the feel of the place..

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We ended the day with a bunch of brochures to read up and decide what to do the next day πŸ™‚

The next morning was bright and beautiful. Sunny and totally welcoming πŸ™‚ We decided to do the Cross Lakes Tour. We were just in the nick of time before the cruise took off. So we ranΒ to the boat and jumped in. The cruise was wonderful, across the Windermere to Ferryside – only we were mistaken – we actually got on the wrong boat and it took us to Lakeside instead 😦 Thankfully, the boat was going right back to Bowness so we hopped back on and had another cruise – which was totally worth it – even though we lost 2 precious hours.. But as the weather was gorgeous and daughter was having the time of her life – we enjoyed it too πŸ™‚

As soon as we reached Bowness, we realised that we had just about 15 mins before the boat to Ferryside took off and this time, we wanted to make no mistakes! So we grabbed sandwiches and ice-creams in record time and reached the pier – totally in time πŸ™‚ I felt a little like something out of an Enid Blyton book – sunny weather, sandwiches, ice creams and all set for an ‘adventure’Β  πŸ™‚

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The Cross lakes tour that we took.

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This time thankfully, we set off in the correct boat to Ferryside. The Cross Lakes tour was supposed to take us by boat to Ferry Side, and then we had the option to walk or take a Mountain Goat(name of a bus πŸ™‚Β  ) to Hill Top. Hill Top is where Beattrix Potter had a farm and where sheΒ is supposed to have written a lot of her stories, including some of her best loved works. I wish I could post some of the pics from here – but all of them have us in them 😦 What was I thinking????

We went from Hill Top to Hawkshead where again there isΒ a Beattrix Potter Gallery. It was again a quaint little village. Again no pics 😦 The one thing I wanted to do was do the walking trail – but with my daughter and the time constraint- it just was not a feasible option, so we decided to use the bus transport instead – which was a wee bit embarrassing as everybody else on the bus was old and frail 😦 But we had our excuse of a daughter πŸ™‚

Off from Hawkshead, we went toConistonΒ , which is another village and lake by the same name. By that point in time, daughter was all sleepy dopey and tired. And we decided to head back to Bowness.

Then we entered the magical world of Beatrix Potter!! The World of Beatrix Potter AttractionΒ has all the 23 stories by Beatrix Potter re-created! Its absolutely a magical experience. You could see Peter Rabbit being chased by Mr McGregor, Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail, being obedient little rabbits – doing what their mother told them to.

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And here’s Jemima Puddle-Duck πŸ™‚

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It was such a magical experience seeing all the characters brought to life(almost)!Β  My daughter loved it and both of us loved it just as much! We cane off with souvenier photographs and a Peter Rabbit Book for daughter – which I have to admit I enjoy just as much πŸ™‚

We spent the rest of the evening, exploring the little lanes of Bowness.. with it’s quaint old fashioned tearooms and pubs full of people enjoying the gloriously sunny day and ended the day watching the sunset and eating more ice creams πŸ™‚ Next time, I want to go there for 5 days – at the least, do some walking trails and if possible stay in a caravan πŸ™‚

The next day, we went to a Wild Animal Park..and returned home after that.Β But I am too bored of uploading pics(and I am sure you must be too – with this post).. so will do that another time – when I feel less lazy πŸ™‚

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52 thoughts on “Our Lake District experience

    • LoL! I just read your comments. πŸ˜‰
      And yes tomorrow is last exam. πŸ˜€ It’s on management. ;-?

      Oh cool!! That should be easy peasy I guess πŸ™‚

      • LoL! I wouldn’t go as far as easy peasy. Knowing my luck and the lecturer, he’ll give us the most difficult questions possible. (This lecturer is one of most boring people there is. We’ve has people falling asleep in his lectures. And each lecture is an hour long in which it only last for 45/50 mins. So you can imagine. πŸ˜‰ )
        LOL!!! πŸ˜† I can imagine that!! We used to have loads like that πŸ™‚ All the best anyways πŸ™‚

        I think i’ll have to do a post about him. πŸ˜‰

        Oh yes!!! Please! That would be fun to read:)

  1. Hey Smi…the post is not boring, actually its quite interesting. The pics are awesome and loved each one of them, especially the Poohi and sheep one πŸ™‚ Would love to see some pics from the animal farm.

    Thank you Nids πŸ™‚ Will post them on another post – got exhausted with this one πŸ™‚

  2. WoW Smitha! That was great. Now I really want to go and see. I loved Peter Rabbit and his friends as a child. And seeing those pics, my brother would love it. Will have to persuade dad. πŸ˜‰

    Oh it is just wonderful! You loved Peter Rabbit too!!! The stories are so so cute aren’t they? Your brother will love it! I have loads of these pics- will upload it into Picassa and send it to you – you can show them to your bro πŸ™‚ It is worth it – convince your dad – but go for a longer break – if you can .. It was too short for us 😦

    • LoL! Dad doesn’t mind going. It’s just that my brother is in a wheel chair and doesn’t walk hence we find it difficult to travel on hilly/uneven ground. 😐

      Oh ok.. I guess everything in Beatrix Potter Attraction is do-able then – I think they have handicapped access – if I remember right.. The only difficult part might be the Peter Rabbit Garden.. You could still do the other things in Lake District..

  3. Nice pics. Where in UK was this? πŸ˜€ Thanks to my fever !!! Of all the trips, I had to be bedridden during this one ! 😦

    This is in the North West of England – Here’s more info – http://www.lake-district.gov.uk/ if you are interested πŸ™‚ Poor you – travelling all the way here – only to be bedridden! Now plan after you get married – honeymoon trip πŸ™‚

    My fav pics – 5 and 8 !
    πŸ™‚ Yes, I like them too πŸ™‚

  4. Great smitha to read abt the ur journey,loved the roads,wished we had those roads.Beautiful with stones as fence.

    Yes, the roads were quite cute.. And I loved the fences.. I even googled to find more – but could not 😦

    poohi is so cute πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ hugs to her

    Thank you πŸ™‚ She passes hugs back to Saritha Aunty πŸ™‚

    The snaps are great,i liked all the snaps

    Thank you , Saritha πŸ™‚

  5. They snaps look great!!!!!!!!
    your daughter looks so cute!!!!!

    Thanku Thanku πŸ™‚

    good that you guys enjoyed your trip…….
    UK has a great old world charm to it….. unlike america…….
    it seems to be a enid blyton settings……
    It does, actually.. America has more plasticky feel to it πŸ™‚ I mean everything is new and gleaming in comparison πŸ™‚
    great read!!!!

  6. What made you think the post would be boring? I’m glad u had a good time – your daughter looks very happy…The photographs are stunning…

    I actually got bored of the post – by the time I completed it.. I felt it had too many pics -so deleted a few – made collages of some πŸ™‚ And then put in that alert πŸ™‚

    Yes, she had a lovely time πŸ™‚

  7. wow Smitha beautiful picture with such detailed description, I really enjoyed it and the the photo of ur little one..so sweet…here everything looks so dream like isnt it? Thats the reason I have seen so many things but still Disneyland is my favourite,though seen it twice, still I say once I will go to Florida to see it there:)
    I love this type of posts as I love reading about places and different people.

    I am glad you liked it πŸ™‚ I love Disneyland too!!! Haven’t been to the one in Florida though – been to the one in Paris. Planning to go again next year – when daughter will be a little older πŸ™‚

  8. Poohi is sho cute

    ((((hugs)))for the little princess πŸ™‚
    first time I have seen Poohi and she is a darling!absolutely adorable darling πŸ™‚
    I guess you missed it when I had posted her pic – last year πŸ™‚ Poohi passes hugs back to Abhi Aunty πŸ™‚

    now lemme read more πŸ˜€
    I just had to say this first after I saw that cute pic πŸ™‚

  9. I wish I could post some of the pics from here – but all of them have us in them 😦 What was I thinking???

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    good that you are not such a blog addict that you think of taking pics sans family πŸ˜€

    Yes, not that much of a blog addict πŸ™‚

    though I would have loved to see the pics but it is cuter yet to hear your wail πŸ˜€

    It is quite sad, you know , when most of the good pics have us in it 😦 from a blog point pf view of course πŸ™‚

  10. The pictures are gorgeous Smitha πŸ™‚
    absolutely soothing to my ‘parched’ eyes πŸ˜€

    no rains here , no greenery, the plants look dead..so this greenery comes as a refreshing change πŸ™‚

    I know, thats how we feel here after winters – when everything is dry and brown 😦 The green is so refreshing and soothing!

    After Amit’s ‘green’ post I loved this one as well
    I liked Amit’s green post much more! His pics were beautiful!

    the beatrix potter exhibit is so adorable πŸ˜€
    specially the rabbits but also the puddle duck πŸ˜€
    Have you read her books? They are amazing! Poohi loves them and so do I!

    I love the 5th and 8th pics the most πŸ˜€
    πŸ™‚ Me too
    Poohi is the most adorable

    I am repeating myself..but still
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    she is such a happy kid πŸ˜€

    Simply looking at the pic and her utter abandon and joy made me smile so wide πŸ˜€

    (((((((((((((hugs)))))))for the ‘pink’ darling πŸ˜€

    Yes, she was delighted to be out there πŸ™‚ She had the loveliest time πŸ™‚ Yes, pink indeed!

    • PS:- its not a boring post πŸ˜›
      I loved it the most coz of Poohi’s pic πŸ™‚
      thank you for sharing πŸ™‚

      I got really bored by the time I was done with it πŸ™‚ So put up the disclaimer – just in case others ended up feeling that way too..

  11. What a Wonderful weekend you had! I think it couldn’t have been any more perfect, yeah? The place looks so beautiful. And don’t you call this post boring, it was such an interesting read.
    I wish we get to live in Europe for a few years, would be such a wonderful experience.

    Europe is even prettier than UK! I have so much left to cover in Europe still 😦 We are hoping to make a few more trips before we leave here for good πŸ™‚

  12. It’s not a boring post!

    Lovely, lovely pics! πŸ™‚
    Esp Poohi! She looks so cute and almost as if she is ready to fly away! πŸ™‚

    She did have a great time πŸ™‚
    Looks like you had a great time!

    Have you worked on that plan of yours to take some time off??? Go take a break . girl πŸ™‚ – I think you are working way too hard πŸ™‚

    I want to visit now too!!!

    • Eh? what break? what vacation? *sigh*
      I was told not to take any vacation for the next 2 months! very critical times!! *sigh* 😦

      Oh oh!! That so reminds me of my old job 😦 Once I just got back from the US – after 1.5 yrs of no breaks – and was told that I can’t take a holiday – thanks to critical issues!

  13. Poohi looks grown up since last picture. Matching sweater and shoes. She is a fashionista. *ummmas*

    Yes, she is one fashionista!!! Half her clothes are lying unused – coz they are not the ‘right shade’ of pink!!!!! God help us if they are not pink at all!! Esp. clothes that were gifts when we went to India – half of them are not pink and madam refuses to wear them!!!!!

    Smi, Can I visit you guys? You go to the most beautiful places for vacation. The pictures are just breathtaking.
    Absolutely!!! I already invited you too- didn’t I? Next time , on your way to India, come here, spend a few days here:) or just about anytime that suits you πŸ™‚ We will be delighted!!!! Poohi will be extra delighted to meet Peanut chechi πŸ™‚

  14. You have some breathtaking pictures right there for your header. How far are you in that?

    Haven’t done much.. Poohi has been unwell, the last 2 days.. She’s being very clingy these days ..

    • (((((hugs))for Poohi
      What happened?fever or a cold?

      Fever with a bad cold 😦 She is better today – but not totally out of it .. Thankfully the weather is gloomy too or we would have felt really bad stuck at home πŸ™‚

    • Aww….Hugsie to my little Poohi. Get well soon sweetums. *chakkara umma*

      She’s better now.. The temperature is gone πŸ™‚ And I did a header and put it up – coz now I will be forced to make another one πŸ™‚ as I hate this one πŸ™‚

  15. Why “in lakes” did you think this post was boring?

    I actually got totally bored by the time I was done with the post.. I thought it had too many snaps – so took off a few.. made a few into collages πŸ™‚ and then put up that alert – just in case, anybody wanted to skip it πŸ™‚

    You have a lovely daughter. She seems to be just the darling I imagined her to be after reading your earlier posts!

    She had a lovely time and I guess that shows on the pic πŸ™‚

  16. Boring ???

    wish I could say that… but you have me green with envy !!!

    so you have finally decided to just satao us with these pics huh ??

    You crib when I post and when I don’t post!!!!!

    ek to the heat is going up and up in dusty Indore… where they have dug up the whole city to make roads… !!!

    That is the story of every Indian city I think πŸ™‚ Dug up roads πŸ™‚
    and on the other hand you keep these pictues… !!! and make feel bad about life even more… !!! πŸ‘Ώ

    but seriously !! SMi,

    those are wonderful pictures… the country side the green meadows… the lakes the ducks the highway !!!! awesome…
    There were ducks along with sheep in most places – quite cute.. But I did not get a chance to click much – most of the pics of the journey was from the moving car – so it was not easy to get as many details as I wanted πŸ™‚

    awesome… infact its soothing… i just saw them again and it feels a lil less hotter… !!!

    poohi looks really cute and njoying a lot !!! lovely wind

    She had a wonderful time πŸ™‚ Wind is not so lovely – when it is a regular feature though πŸ™‚

    • eeeeps they look like swans not ducks !!!! pardon the desi me… havent seen too many swans here so…. 😦

      They are swans πŸ™‚ And there were so many of them! and so friendly ! It was quite fun πŸ™‚

  17. I have always been intrigued by those small yacht type of boats. Always wanted to travel in one. Just a lazy ride around slowly. These motor boats are not fun. Those pedalling boats are a lot of work too!

    They do look fun – but I think they are very hard work – as far as I know..

    Destination Infinity
    PS: I hope we don’t have to take much efforts to ‘drive’ those yacht type small boats.
    I think it is a lot more effort actually πŸ™‚

  18. wow superb snaps πŸ™‚ .I’m jealous about the person who snapped it : P .
    When i saw the pics of those street,i thought like, can we see the streets of cochin or chennai like that in near future.anyways thank you for sharing U’r experience and pics. in between the post was not boring as you said in the beginning πŸ™‚
    Hey is that u’r kid…she looks so sweet πŸ™‚ .I can see how much she enjoyed the trip from her face πŸ˜›

    Thank you Anish πŸ™‚ We did have a lovely time!
    You know streets in Kerala are not all that bad actually πŸ™‚ I think they are quite good actually πŸ™‚

    • Yeah streets of interior parts of kerala are good πŸ™‚ (probably my hometown kollam,pathamthitta and all πŸ™‚ ) ..When ever i go to kerala,I will make sure that i’m boarding the train that reach early morning in kollam.Just love the smell of the cool breeze and sight of KSRTC buses in the early morning.It always brings nostalgic memories of my child wood ………But can’t say same about cochin,tvm and all(regarding neatness) …..probably it is because those areas are thickly populated πŸ™‚ …….

      Yes, you are right.. Kerala is still much better in terms of neatness – in comparison to other parts of India πŸ™‚
      Now you’re making me homesick 😦

      • hehehe πŸ™‚ @ homesick…i always get kicked by my friends for doing the same thing to them πŸ™‚ .

        Yeah – add me to that list then πŸ™‚

        • add me too!!!!
          kerala is the most beautiful place in the india I know πŸ˜› πŸ˜› πŸ˜› πŸ˜›
          especially ard kottayam, kuttanad………

          Anish is getting a lot of kicks at this rate πŸ™‚

          • no issues :P…… i’m happy to be at the receiver end πŸ˜› ….now i’m also getting home sick…let me see any train tickets are available or not πŸ™‚ ……

            Oh you lucky boy!!! To be able to go home so easily!! I am seriously jealous now πŸ™‚

  19. Hey friend, thanks for passing by and the thought-provoking comment..cheers..

    Your post was very thought provoking πŸ™‚ I just added my 2 cents πŸ™‚

  20. It’s been my dream to visit the Lake District before I die! Lovely pics and write-up. Your daughter is such a cutie πŸ™‚

    Lake District is beautiful – I just wish we had more time there.. Next time, hopefully, we’d go for a longer trip and stay in caravan – always wanted to stay in a caravan πŸ™‚

  21. You drove through Yorkshire? That was a long route!! πŸ™‚
    I think Yorkshire is another place where you can spend some nice time.
    And did you go to Ambleside?

    We drove through Yorkshire Dales πŸ™‚ We live in West Yorkshire πŸ™‚

    No did not go to Ambleside.. I really want to go to Lake District again on a 5 day holiday – if possible to explore properly πŸ™‚

  22. Nice pictures…..it seems the detour through Yorkshire Dales was totally worth it.

    When’s the next holiday?

    Cheers,

    Quirky Indian


    Yes, the detour through Yorkshire Dales was totally worth it πŸ™‚ Next holiday – not before end of August – unless we decide to take a unscheduled break πŸ™‚

  23. Smitha, this is a wonderful post…not a bit boring. The photographs are unbelievably beautiful. I have heard about Lake District scenery a lot. I think I saw a movie where the heroine is a writer, something happened to her beau and died and she started writing full-time and with the money she preserved the greenery of this place by stopping a real estate agent from buying this huge green area and turning it into a concrete jungle. She bought it and maintained it as it is. The story was based on a true story. The film was full of scenic places.

    I think you must have seen Miss Potter- it is based on Beatrix Potter.. Apparently that movie did a lot to boost Lake District’s tourist flow πŸ™‚

    All the photographs are beautiful and cool to our eyes. So this beautiful doll is Poohi. I remember reading your post about her birthday, where everything was in pink. She looks cute and huggable. Feel like lifting her up and holding her! The photograph is beautiful. I can feel her happiness.

    Yes, everything has to be pink – so it gets quite a struggle sometimes πŸ™‚ She was having a great time – so many sheep around and the wind – she just does not feel the cold – even if we are shivering – she is quite happy in the cold πŸ™‚

    Somehow I liked UK (we visited some green villages and pubs too) than the US. Driving through the green area must have been nice, Smitha. No fumes from other cars and no crowds…it must have been wonderful.

    I like UK for the same reasons.. But in terms of conveniences – I think the US is better.. Cheaper, and houses are larger and newer.. Here things are a little older and very expensive in comparison to the US.. But I like all the things you mentioned about the UK too πŸ™‚ There is certainly an old world charm to it πŸ™‚

    Waiting to see the photos of the animals from the animal park too!
    Will post them – sometime πŸ™‚ Feel quite lazy to another photopost right away πŸ™‚

  24. wat made u think ppl wud call this post boring? its long but nt boring.. πŸ˜€
    the pictures are just lovely..clean ,green,picturesque places… oh wow..wat a great holiday.. i think im craving for a break myself now….lemme tell u wat pic i like the most- ur daughter, the boats with the sunlight, the sailing boats and the ducks.

    Mandira – I got bored by the time I completed it πŸ™‚

    I really like the one with the boats and sunlight too πŸ™‚ The sailing boats were looking really nice – all in a row.. We managed to click it just right as we were on the cruise then πŸ™‚

  25. beautiful pictures, so idyllic, feel like going on a holiday NOW

    πŸ˜† I know the feeling πŸ™‚ This year, we are making the most of summer πŸ™‚

  26. looks like u ppl did enjoy a lot on the unplanned trip.. Little poohi loos so cute..all the pics are soo soo good.

    Yes, we did πŸ™‚ Thanks loads Mystery

  27. Smitha ur daughter looks adorable & ur vacation sounded like something my kids would have really enjoyed.

    Thank you Nancy πŸ™‚ We did have a great time πŸ™‚

    And ur pics are beautiful…..I loved the one of the boats & the flying bird

    Yes, thats my husband’s handiwork πŸ™‚

  28. Love your blog pictures are great have been been bloging long? any hints or tips would be much appreciated just started blogging

    Thank you Jane πŸ™‚ Have not been blogging for all that long – all I can say is that I just write about whatever comes to my mind πŸ™‚ I just hopped on to your site – and you’ve got some lovely pictures! Its gorgeous!

  29. suhana safar aur ye mausam haseen…
    you have captured it so well, both in the pictures and words!

    Thank you, Tara πŸ™‚

    you know this is one reason i love the blogworld.. sitting in one corner of the world, we get to experience so many things… thanks for writing n posting the pictures! ofcourse nobody found them boring!

    That is so true! Blog world is wonderful, that way! We get to experience so much. So many different lives, different places and different views!

  30. Arre Smitha, boring ka meaning badal gaya hai kya dictionary mein πŸ˜›

    That was one trip to die for .. I think I will be visiting soon ………………………………………..sapnon mein πŸ˜‰

    Luved all those pics n Poohi in the midst of all those sheep n the coollllll breeze .. Wow!

    Hugs to Poohi πŸ™‚

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