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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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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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Hello 2016!

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Good morning dear readers, and a Happy New Year to you all.

The year hiccuped to an early start today when I awoke and remembered that no one had told Benji dog that it was a New Year! He didn’t realise that I’d been celebrating in the “local” so hey ho! Off we went on our first dawn walk of the New Year.image

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He looks so serious doesn’t he? He doesn’t like posing for photos but he does so because he knows he will get a treat! Benji dog is the best behaved dog and is so easily bribed. He also loves walking, treats, running, bribery, and food. I must remember next New Years Eve to tell ( or bribe) him to have a lie in on New Years Day!

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Dog Sitting and Child Minding

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imageOn a visit to North Yorkshire I’m in charge of Gorgeous Granddaughter and Delightful Dog. The dog is a Six month old pup and into everything.He is a West Highland Terrier named Toby. Toby loves to watch TV especially when there are dogs on the screen. He would also like to learn to crochet but running off with the wool is no way to get round me!image

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Walking in Cumbria

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Because of the lovely weather forecast, a good hotel deal and the only free weekend this side of Christmas Hubs and I have arrived in Keswick Cumbria. OK so we have been to Keswick seven or eight times this year but so what? To day we walked Benji dog around Buttermere Lake. It was misty and gloriously beautiful.

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The circular route is about five miles long and fairly easy. Benji enjoyed it!

We stopped at Honister Slate mine where they make amazingly good soup. We weren’t disappointed!

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We enjoyed the mystical scenery and the weather forecast was so good that we booked a third night at the hotel when we got back for dinner.hotel,

Ode to Autumn

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Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness. (John Keats)

There is no greater Autumnal pleasure than a walk down a country lane (me!)

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This lane leads away from my cottage and up the hill. This Autumn day it was extra specially gorgeous. The blossom was blowing in the air like confetti. As I walked up the hill I found a bounty of Blackberries not yet eaten by the birds. I picked some and left some for the birds to share.

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I was scratched, nettled and happy. My fingers were a delicious shade of purple. Benji dog thought it a good idea to steal some from my box but I rescued enough to make a pot of jam or jelly.

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Ive only just learned the difference between jam and jelly! Jam you cook with the sugar until set. Jelly you cook only the berries, strain and then add sugar and cook until set. Both are delectable.

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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St Mawes and The Hidden Hut

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The Hidden Hut,St MawesWe travelled to The Roseland Peninsula to stay to St Mawes. Our main reason was to visit The Hidden Hut which we discovered last year. This Beach Cafe is situated alongside the coastal path and is basically a posh shed. Here they make the best food. Simple and tasty. By coincidence The Hidden Hut was featured in The Saturday Telegraph today. I told you that we had good taste!

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When we were here last year Tom Kerridge was being filmed as a guest chef, which was very interesting. We are returning tomorrow for FOOD and I can’t wait!

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The Beach Babe Benji had a wonderful play in the surf and roll in the sand. He can’t wait to go back tomorrow.

Steps in Cornwall and Nepal

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imageThis walking would be easy if it wasn’t for all the steps! This is the Cornish Coastal path going towards Boscastle. The views are stunning, the wild flowers amazing and the bird song fantastic. What more could anyone want? Benji dog is in heaven, always ready for another walk.

Blue bells lining the Coastal Path

This picture doesn’t do the Bluebells justice as the colour is much more vibrant.

This walking made me think of the trekking that we did in Nepal. That was all steps, steps and more steps but absolutely wonderful. I am so lucky to have been there. Today I had an email asking for doctors to go to Nepal for at least three weeks to help with the injured. I am a Radiographer and if I could be of any use would go straight away. I don’t suppose that Radiographers have a place out there at the moment as no electricity or even generators. They must be setting the broken limbs without XRays. Sad. All we can do is our best so I continue to knit and even pray.oh! and donate what I can. Sad.

WIFI less and Nepal

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I can’t believe how much I’ve missed the Internet these last few days! How amazing that someone of my generation, at my age, on my pension is so hooked on to the internet! How life has changed this past half a century!!

Hubs and I have travelled down to Devon in Damnvan1 ( I love that van!). Journey down was good and campsite fantastic with amazing views. Just no WIFI.

We walked into Woolacombe along the Coastal Path which was lovely and just far enough. We caught the bus back.-lazy! No craft shops or charity shops here. Just surf shops and surf doods. Lots of surfing going on and I would have loved to have a go! A few problems there:

1) no swimsuit.

2) no surf board

3) no wet suit and

4) no idea how.

Well I just can’t imagine myself getting into a wet suit anyway!!

Yesterday it was WINDY gusts of up to 60 miles an hour. Benji dog was delighted that he had to join us in the van overnight whilst his kennel tent took a battering. But tent is now repaired so he’s very sad that he has to go back, but only at night.

We were very lazy yesterday as the weather was so bad that watched too much TV. Still no WIFI! It did give me the opportunity to finish my Nepal scarf. You remember! The scarf that was a secret Christmas present for my darling daughter? I am now sending it to Nepal as their need is so much greater. I just need to darn the ends in and find a pattern to knit mittens to go with it- and/or a hat.

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We have travelled further south to Tintagel Cornwall and this is the scrummy view ¬†from Damnvan1 Isn’t it lovely? AND the sun is shining. More about Cornwall later.

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