A couple of days in my paradise……..

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.

Can’t take credit for this one, Sarah got the best one….

But I caught the lamb…

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 …….

About wendy7713

On the 31st July 2014 I was diagnosed with Young Onset Dementia. I may not have much of a short term memory anymore but that date is one I’ll never forget. I’m 58 years young, live happily alone in Yorkshire, have 2 daughters and I’m currently still in full time employment in the NHS. However, I’m now in the process of taking early retirement to give me a chance of enjoying life while I’m still me. I've started this blog to allow me, in the first instance, to write all my thoughts before they’re lost. If anyone chooses to follow my ramblings it will serve as a way of raising awareness on the lack of research into Alzheimer's. It will hopefully convey the helplessness of those diagnosed with dementia, as there is no cure – the end is inevitable. However, I’m also hoping I can convey that, although we've been diagnosed, people like me still have a substantial contribution to make; we still have a sense of humour; we sill have feelings. I’m hoping to show the reality of trying to cope on a day to day basis with the ever-changing environment that dementia throws at those diagnosed with the condition. What I want is not sympathy. What I want is simply to raise awareness.

23 thoughts on “A couple of days in my paradise……..

  1. Beautiful photos Wendy and so glad you were able to make it to Keswick again – it’s a wonderful place to be, except when it’s raining and then it feels as though the hills are closing in on you. My sister lives and works there – she’s a podiatrist with a practice in the town, backs onto the river – so if ever you need your feet attended to – head there. She will be very understanding and treat you with loving care.

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  2. Wendy, I always love reading your blog but your trips to Keswick make especially wonderful reading. My grandparents had a holiday cottage in Portinscale so I know Keswick very well and have incredibly fond memories of the place. Your photos always bring back to my mind the annual holidays we had in the Lakes as a family. It is such a stunning place and if I ever need a B&B in Keswick, I now know where I’ll be heading. The view from ‘your bedroom’ window looks spectacular. Long may you keep returning. xx

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  3. So pleased you have had such a lovely time. Keswick is a wonderful oasis in the Lake District. I don’t know Appletrees B&B but it sounds perfect. xx

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    1. Thank you so much, Wendy, for this wonderful account of your time at Keswick, with the accompanying photos. As Sarah acknowledges in a tweet, your determination is incredible, while I note your recognition that there are things and places that will now form part of your past. However, I hope you keep doing everything you possibly can!

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  4. Hi Wendy, I have just finished reading your truly inspirational book.
    As far as I know I don’t have dementia, although it is in my family. So never say never.
    I’m fortunate to live in Andalucía in Spain, my husband took early retirement at 55 last year as it is always our philosophy that you never know what’s around the corner.
    I just wanted to thank you for writing your book and giving us a greater understanding of how you can live with dementia and stay as brave, strong and positive as you do.
    Much love and respect

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  5. I too love Keswick and was there only a couple of weeks ago, using my mobility scooter, so I particularly enjoyed reading this. I highly recommend “Miles Without Stiles” as there are a variety of walks with plenty of helpful info about distances, gradients and surfaces which might help you choose where to go. It has enabled me to venture to areas I had thought I would never be able to visit again now that I’m disabled. For a very reasonable cost you can buy a folder with all the walks in or just use the website: https://www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/visiting/things-to-do/walking/mileswithoutstiles
    Happy travelling!

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  6. Wendy Mitchell, what an amazing and inspirational person you are! I have just read your book in 2 days – couldn’t put it down. I’ve seen you speaking on BBC breakfast and heard you on the radio, but that was some time sgo so I needed to read your blog to see what you’re up to. Well, you put me to shame. I’m a bit older than you and retired 4 years ago and certainly don’t pack so much into my days as you do. You have shown the importance of leaving in the here and now so I am going to stop procrastinating and start living. I do not know anyone living with dementia but I will seek out things that I can perhaps get involved in to raise awareness for myself and others. Many many thanks.

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  7. What a wonderful respite for you, and time with your daughter too! I am happy you were able to make the trip full of adventures and beautiful scenery to share with us. That stone circle is stunning! I was wonder if it would help on the walks if you had one of those canes with the folding stool attached,
    to be able to stop and sit a few minutes along the route. I like your positive approach to the situation, looking for the good in reality. I want you to know you have had an has affect on my approach to challenges as well. Thanks!

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  8. I can quite understand why you feel how you do about the Lake District and Keswick in particular. My 82 year old husband and I have had many happy holidays there, but sadly can’t get there any more as he has physical problems which make it impossible to stay away from home, even for a night, and living as we do in North Surrey it’s now too far for me to drive, even with an overnight stop. He also has dementia, as yet not officially diagnosed, though that’s underway. I hope you will be able to get there as often as possible in the future. I really enjoyed reading your book and I don’t know how you have the energy to do all that you do! I couldn’t keep up a schedule like that! You are one spunky lady 🤗

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  9. Wendy, your words here so resonated with me. Last year, my husband and I went to visit New Orleans since it was in my bucket list, well, the first day and a half was fun, but by end of the second day I felt very anxious, sad and inadequate. All around me were people enjoying themselves and I just didn’t have the physical stamina, or the mental fortitude.plus, it was so crowded and loud everywhere we went, that I was totallu overwhelmed. We went back to our room for a rest and I sat my husband down and told him that I wanted to leave, that we came 20 years too late, and the place was making me very aware of my present limitations instead of making me happy. He promptly went down to front desk and cancelled our reservation for following night, and we left the following early morning. We continued our vacation in quieter cities and at a slower place where I was much more comfortable and did not feel inadequate. We also agreed not to revisit places that we had frequented when were young and had treasured memories that we didn’t want to ruin. So yes, I understand completely.

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  10. It was our pleasure to host you and the lovely Sarah , we look forwards to your next visit , your cheerfulness and positive attitude are always welcome here 😄

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