Happy New Year. Better late than never! I’ve been busy as usual. Busy sewing, Busy crafting. Busy going to the gym Shock! Horror you might say. But to be honest it’s needs must! After spending last year conquering my addiction to chocolate I can now move on and maybe get addicted to the gym. I’ve not eaten chocolate since March 2018 and I truly was a chocoholic. The only solution was to go cold turkey and it worked. I don’t even WANT chocolate now so gym stand by your treadmills.
I’ve also been busy preparing for an imminent trip to India. Lots more about that to come.
Where else in the World would you get a coffee, partway up a mountain,with such amazing views? Today is day two of our trip to Mayrhofen, Austria. We have been many times (aren’t we lucky?) and are always jaw droppingly impressed with the beautiful views.
The purpose of our trip is to walk a lot, get fit and drink whisky. Mmmmm not sure…..
This is is a picture of Hubs looking for our lost path. Now this is not unusual we frequently lose our way.
Today was sooooo hot that we did a small walk up hill of course, got lost of course and stumbled across the cafe pictured above. It would have been very rude not to have Apple Strudel with cream and tea. Did anyone mention getting fit?
On our crawl up through the town in extreme heat I did notice a couple of craft shops. These will require investigation within the next few days so I will report back.
We returned to our hotel to have a swim ( Hubs to lift weights) so I decided to lie on the bed and relax. After all I am on holiday not a fitness break and it is hot and the strudel finished me off!
Hubs, Benji dog and I have travelled to The Lake District, Cumbria in Damnvan. We are trying to make the most of the weather but British weather is notoriously unpredictable. At this moment it is warm and dry-always a bonus.
Yesterday we went to Grasmere ( yummy Gingerbread there! Oh and the home of William Wordsworth!) We walked up to Eskdale Tarn from Grasmere, around the head of the valley and back to Grasmere. This is not a very long walk but particularly hard underfoot. It certainly made me determined to improve my fitness somewhat. The views were lovely, the picnic good and Benji loved it.
We visited Ambleside, which is a Lakeland town full of outdoor kit shops and hiking fashion items that it is hard to live without! We did have a nice day as I found a charity shop and a couple of textile bargains.
These two items cost me the grand total of £1.50p They are destined to be upcycled into various “useful” items which I will brag-sorry blog about, at some point in the future. The charity shop in which I found them was The British Heart Foundation, a worthy cause.
We walked along the Cornish Coastal Path to Bos Castle today. This is the second time that we have walked this path and I was 15 minutes quicker today so fitness must be improving. It is not a particularly difficult path but has some very steep steps to negotiate, so I feel fairly smug with myself.
There’s more to Boscastle than a picturesque natural harbour and village.
The Elizabethan quay sits in an impressive amphitheatre of steep cliffs and is home to quaint stone-built cottages, shops and tea-rooms.
Much of the land in and around Boscastle is owned by the National Trust. Venture beyond the picture-postcard harbour and a cliff path takes you to the Willapark headland and an intriguing ex-folly, now used as a Coastwatch lookout.
Nearby walks around Forrabury Stitches offer a rare glimpse at a surviving farmed landscape showing ancient celtic strip fields. If you wander further afield, you’ll discover the half-forgotten churches of Minster and St Juliots – once made famous by Thomas Hardy.
There is a definite lack of craft shops in this area. Indeed there are many titled “craft” but seem to involve Witchcraft, fairies, magic and King Arthur. My idea of “craft” involves yarn, fabric and hand made items (should I say hand crafted?)
on this note it is for me to say a very smug CHEERS!
As I have mentioned previously Hubs has a new knee. He is doing extremely well, thankfully. Hubs is/was the main dog walker in our family so the worry was Who will walk Benji? All I can say is I HAVE NEVER WALKED SO FAR EVERY DAY!
Friends and neighbours have been wonderful and Benji has not lacked a willing walker. Today was a cold, blue sky sort of a day. I took the hound out just after dawn. A friend came after breakfast and took him a few miles up the hill and back. We then decided that Hubs could do with a flat walk to try the new knee so we went to walk along the front in Colwyn Bay. Benji loves the beach but mainly walks between us, he’s a star. This could have been because he was tired from the multiple walks. I MUST be getting fitter.
When we got home Hubs lit the fire, dog claimed his rightful place and I took out my knitting. Bliss.