On Monday Sarah and me drove to my heaven, Keswick in the Lake District. After the weeks of never ending rain I was expecting a soggy affair but I didn’t mind. I knew just being in this tranquil glorious setting would restore my fading batteries……
It’s quite a long journey but we always stop at the same farm shop on the A66 to stretch our legs. We always say we’re on the final leg once we get to the roundabout crossing the M6 and it’s downhill all the way into Keswick.
We arrived to a blustery but sunny paradise. We were a tad early so took the open top bus to Seatoller which takes an hour to get there and back again, but which head through the wonderful scenery of Borrowdale.
It meant, once we landed back in Keswick it was time to book into my lovely B&B, ‘Appletrees.’
As we trundled up to our road…..we suddenly saw a body lying the road 😳🙈😱……
An elderly gentleman lay collapsed and Sarah went into nurse mode. Luckily cars came to a halt and everyone just went into ‘help mode’. Two people directed the traffic either side, someone called an ambulance and Sarah and 3 others helped the poor chappie. One car had pillows and a duvet in their car and immediately put these to good use. He was confused, face bloody and sadly couldn’t remember how he’s got there. They kept him calm and persuaded him to keep still until the ambulance arrived, which arrived in minutes.
Crikey ……What a way to start……..
We continued the 100 yards to appletrees. I always stay there, I always have the same room and Catherine, our lovely landlady knows just how to make you feel welcome along with Polly the dog. She showed me up to my room where I was greeted by the coloured pillowcase over the TV and the shower all switched on and ready to go. She’s read about my cuppa tea catastrophe and asked with concern what I was going to drink……bless…….
After another hug and goodbye Catherine went off with Sarah to her room. I sat in wonderful silence and simply looked at my view……
I feel so at home here. It’s all so familiar, so comforting. After a snuggle and shut eye we ambled down to the lake to find all the boats moored up due to the strength of the wind.
Even the geese had taken to paddling furiously in a line against the tide to get to their shelter 👇
We ambled to my favourite spot of Friars Crag and couldn’t resist a selfie since the sun was shining
And then, once there, with the wind blowing but the sun still shining, I sat, once more, on my favourite bench……..
Hopefully Tuesday will be a calmer day and the boats will be trundling round the lake…….
Well I awoke Tuesday a tad confused but then opened the curtains and instantly felt calm…..
We’d decided to have a very busy non stop day to make the most of our only full day. We looked for a relatively straight forward walk and plumped for Casterigg Stone Circle…..the map said 2/3 hours – my idea. I’d forgotten the steep bit at the beginning…🙄…in my previous life this walk would be classed as a ‘fill in’….but the first part was a real struggle, especially due to the uneven ground. I had to get Sarah to walk in front of me as I was causing her to have heart failure each time I wobbled over. This way I could wobble and shake without affecting anyone 🤣
The walk was exhausting but the view, adorable. I didn’t ‘enjoy’ the walk as I once would have – the superfit me still a clear memory, so all I could think of was how slow I’d been – I was just proving something to myself I imagine and best of all I was with Sarah as I couldn’t have done it myself. It seemed to say to me more about what I could no longer do, rather than give me enjoyment. So maybe I’ll concentrate on other things next time the things I can enjoy now and not try and recreate the past, as I’ll never do that again.
We trundled back down into Keswick and along the old railway line which has now been partially reopened after the devastating floods of a few years ago.
Before heading for a cuppa and some lunch. I knew that if we went back to the B&B, I wouldn’t go out again, so we headed for a lovely boat trip round the lake
And then we went on the No 77 bus – a circular trundle around Buttermere, through places we havn’t seen before and then back round the Cats Bell side of Derwentwater…..beautiful……it took almost 2 hours but our legs were very grateful……and, of course, views to die for…
That was our last trundle of our stay and it was with weary legs that we headed back to snuggle for the rest of the evening…….
I could have kept the name of my B&B to myself, but I always like to share what I find is good. Could I stay somewhere cheaper? …. Undoubtedly …..Could I stay somewhere without steps leading up to the front door……Yup ….it’s a bit like my own house, totally inappropriate for me, but I fell in love with the view, just as I did with my house, I fell in love with the people just as I did with my village.
Would I feel as safe somewhere else?….nope….would I feel as welcome and at home…..nope……so I’ll keep staying at Appletrees for as long as I’m able….afterall….this view from my room has so many happy memories attached, so many happy ghosts smiling and keeping me company in Keswick …….