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Sneaky Weekend

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Last weekend Hubs and I had a sneaky weekend away in the Lake District. As you know dear reader we love the Lake District, Cumbria. We snook away without Benji dog ( he had a holiday with Grand Children) and went without Damnvan1 who is awaiting a service and minor surgery.

We stayed in a pub which served great food and a fine pint of real ale!

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The weather was unexpectedly kind to us especially on the Sunday morning which was cool, crisp, misty and perfect walking weather. We walked across the fields to Hawkeshead village and enjoyed the delights of a good coffee shop (and bakery, but don’t tell anyone about the pastries!)

20170305_122502On the way home we crossed Derwentwater on the very old chain car ferry. It’s a slow but efficient ferry that saves miles of road driving. It’s always exciting driving onto a ferry, requiring breath holding as I head down the “gang plank”

We waited for the ferry to return to us as it appeared from the other side of Derwentwater through the mist.

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We returned home to warm up our lovely stone cottage. This property loves to be lived in! It gets really cold when empty but the stone retains heat when warmed up. Log burner lit, dog collected, wine poured, bliss!

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Competions part 2

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Yesterday I told you about one of the competitions that I won quite a few years ago. Well I have won quite a few more but as I said not recently. It is high time that a jumped onto another winning streak!

A prize that I once won included car hire for two weeks and the ferry crossing for a car and family to France. Whoo Hoo! We hired accommodation in Normandy and spent the two weeks exploring the Normandy Landings Beaches from World War Two. Not as grim as it sounds as the boys were very young. We all enjoyed the holiday beaches and exploring the multitude of mini war museums. Fascinating for 10 and 7 year old boys. We picnicked on Omaha and Gold Beaches and played cricket in the sun.

The car was a new Ford Sierra in bright red – very trendy in the 1980s and I remembered, most of the time, to drive on the right hand side of the road instead of the left.

I have also won multiple shop vouchers, Cookery books, a television and toasters. Oh the toasters! I won an electric toaster, very nice I might add. The next day another toaster arrived and the day after another! I rang the company as a fourth arrived and they said not to worry and don’t bother returning them!! I gave toasters as many  charity raffle prizes that year.

Competions have changed so much. I used to always post them, then the telephone became the main entry route. Now most are done via the Internet. Not quite as much fun as wishing a postcard good luck as you drop it into the postbox. But someone will win and it could be me!

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So I will send out good vibes and hope to win something exciting soon!!

 

Italian Lakes

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Hi nice people! I’m still having a hard time at the Italian Lakes! Weather is mixed but not bad at all. I am staying on the shores of Lake Como opposite  beautiful Bellagio actually that’s not fair as its ALL beautiful! We took a ferry across the lake to visit Bellagio, a village clinging to the mountainside. There was an abundance of steep “alleyways” lined with shops and paved in cobbles. Sadly we arrived during the extended lunch ” hour” that appears to last up to three hours, and many of the shops were closed. I suppose that this saved me from myself and helped me to save money!

image image imageI adore the local architecture which can only be described as shabby chic, probably the original. Locals don’t seem heavily into home maintenance as all the houses are flaking ombré shades of yellow and terracotta-beautiful. There are many stunning villas along the lakeside. Many have not been opened up yet and remain shuttered. Apparently these huge villas are owned by uber rich Italians and even Russians. They are opened for the families for about two weeks a year if that. What a shame! The villas are left to be run by housekeepers and caretakers. I must see if George Clooney needs a housekeeper!