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!
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!)
On 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.
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!
I had a FANTASTIC weekend! Did you?
I went to the Lake District,Cumbria with four girl friends. We’ve been weekending twice a year for eighteen years as a group. We’ve seen marriages, lovers, losses, divorce, grand children, tears, laughter, chocolate and much wine. I love them all and love our girly weekends.
This time we stayed in Keswick where we shopped in the rain.(always a shopping opportunity!) We walked along the shores of Derwentwater in sunshine and hail! We explored Grasmere discovering William Shakespeare’s grave -you know the guy! The poet of “wondering lonely as a cloud”
For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.
In my guise as Granny Lush
I took Lush bath bombs for my friends and I to have super relaxing baths after hiking through the woods.
I enjoyed a yellow bath using a bomb called “Honey Bee”. Lush describe it as “sweet, soothing and cleansing” and it certainly was that. Yummmmmm. Such a treat.
On our way to our Girly Weekend retreat we dropped into the Christmas Fair at Chatsworth House, Derbyshire. We didn’t tour the house as we were short of time and such a magnificent residence deserves a lingering, loitering viewing. The fair was located in the stately home grounds around the property. It was VERY busy but free to enter! There were multiple wooden huts selling trinkets, crafts, food, and treats. As ever my penchant for textiles saw me gravitate to the fabric craft stalls.
I admired some gorgeous woollen cushions. There was a lovely Hydrangea Wreath. I loved the choice of Christmas crafts but bought very little. As usual I thought that “I can make that!”. Sadly what I can’t buy is time to complete all the projects that I would like to make. Oh I did buy some yummy fudge! Oh and a lacy scarf ( that did look a bit like a dish cloth.)
The next day whilst rambling around Ashbourne, we came across a tree stump to which someone had fastened lots of “lost” cuddly toys. It was both funny and sad. It certainly caused interest. Speculation as to who had owned them and who on Earth had gone to the trouble of attaching them to the tree stump? Had they been lost or had they been abandoned?
If you have ever lost a cuddly toy it could be hugging a tree stump somewhere in Ashbourne!
On my girly weekend away we purchased a lottery ticket and we WON! Amazing ! There were loud whoops of joy and extra sparkling wine to celebrate. We won the grand total of £168 between five of us. This was wisely re invested into our holiday account to help fund our next trip away. This is my second lucky win in two weeks so I am patiently waiting to report the third. My luck ALWAYS comes in threes! The Airstream caravan has been added to my “when I win the lottery” Pinterest board. I love Pinterest but haven’t yet worked out how to add the button to this blog
It wasn’t a crafty weekend but I did knit a few hexipuffs! So all was not lost! It’s almost impossible to trawl craft venues with a group of girls so I am saving that treat for when I’m on my own.
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