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Neolithic Birthday!

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I recently celebrated a birthday ( yes another one!) and because we were visiting the Lake District, Cumbria, I wanted to re visit the Castlerigg Stone Circle on my special day. It’s a good walk over fields and along hedgerow lined lanes to this National Trust property. The stone circle is like a HUGE birthday cake with stone candles on. It is situated in a beautiful bowl shaped area surrounded by lovely fells and mountains. On this special autumnal day the sky was blue, sun was shining and sheep were causing mayhem! All was good in my moment of time along with the thousands of moments of time there must have existed at this historic site.

The Neolithic British Isles refers to the period of British, Irish and Manx history that spanned from circa 4000 to circa 2,500 BCE. The final part of the Stone Age in the British Isles, it was a part of the greater Neolithic, or “New Stone Age”, across Europe.

This is a famous monument in a dramatic location, surrounded by mountains. The main circle has 38 large stones, some standing 3 metres (10 feet) high. The entrance seems to line up with the midwinter sunset. It’s one of Britain’s earliest stone circles, about 5,000 years old, and has been officially protected since 1883. However it gets so many visitors that conservation is an everpresent concern! Managed by the National Trust and English Heritage.

Location: Grid ref NY291236. 2.5 kilometres (1.6 miles) south east of Keswick off the A591. Limited parking near site.

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Home Again -For now!

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Arrived home from Awesome Austria yesterday after a fantastic week of Sun, scenery and sore feet! This was not before an evening on our balcony, glass in hand, iPad at the ready in search of a further week or two back in Austria in the Autumn! This probably won’t happen as we have other plans but you have to dream!( I do, a lot!)

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It was lovely to catch up with family and our loveable Lab Benji. He has now forgiven us for going on holiday without him provided he can go away in our camper soon!

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Gorgeous Grandson had done a great job of dog caring.

Not much crafting to report on I’m afraid. There are great plans afoot on that subject. I will tell you all my plans when I know what they are.

No Wordsmith Wednesday due to holidays but normal service will be resumed next week.

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Forgiven but not Forgotten!

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image imageAfter the recent trauma of Benji dog destroying my vintage blanket I have decided to forgive him how could I not? He has obviously forgotten that he ever did anything wrong! The blanket has taken up temporary residence hung over the stairs with some other favourite textiles. Actually it looks quite good if you ignore the shredded bits.

I will have to decide what to do with the blanket in the longer term. Because of its special history I would like to keep it, but I can only think of cushions. The hole in the middle means it won’t make a lap blanket. Has anyone any good ideas?

Grandchildren have just invaded our house for a week. Guess what? They have brought Benji dog a present. It is a plushy toy that he is currently enjoying trying to destroy!

The Grassington adventure.

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Damnvan1, Husband and I visited the Yorkshire Dales for my birthday week-end. We stayed at Bolton Abbey which is a beautiful,well serviced Caravan Club site. We walked along the banks of the River Wharfe which was in full flow after heavy rain. We spent time wandering around the pretty town of Grassington, visiting a coffee shop, posting my Grand Daughters coat home and there IT happened! In the Post Office window was a card advertising a 12 month old Labrador for sale. Benji was his name and the description ticked all the boxes. We deliberated, discussed and finally decided. This was the dog that we had been waiting for. 

Benji is the name Bouncy is the nature. We brought him home in Damnvan1 in a dog cage for security. The week break in the Yorkshire Dales will certainly be memorable. Hopefully Benji, Damnvan1, Husband and I will have lots of adventures in the next few years. Follow this Blog to see what happens to Benji and co.