Friday was a very special day as Gemma and Stuart were taking me to my paradise of Keswick for the Victorian weekend……..well that’s what we’d thought 🙄…..
I’d booked the trip months and months ago as Gemma has never been to Keswick but a Christmas trip swung it as she’s as bigger Christmasholic as I am…😂🤣,,,however…………..we hadn’t realised that those many months ago was probably when I started getting in a muddle with numbers and dates…..
For a start, I’d put it on my calendar as the 1st November, so definitely had the 1st in mind…but had booked our stay in Appletrees as the correct dates of 29th and 30th of November 😇……🥴
When I started getting excited the week before, I thought I’d just check the website for the Victorian Fayre……..😱🤯😳🙈……1st December…..starting at 10.30…when we had to leave at 8 to be back before Billys hotel closed at midday….🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈…….I double checked with Catherine at Appletrees to make sure I’d really booked our rooms and thankfully I had……but we won’t be there for the Christmas festivities ….the reason Gemma had agreed….🙄…..so how to confess in these circumstances …?…….well I decided Twitter was my best option 😂…..I put:
“If I confess via Twitter, will that mean I’ll be in less trouble….”…….🥴
Anyway, all was right in the Mitchell household and Gemma was just looking forward to seeing my paradise….
It meant Billy had to go in his hotel for 2 days and when I arrived he was fast asleep so wasn’t going to be impressed…🙈😂…..his hotel was actually closed but they’d agreed to open it just for Billy so he was going to be spoilt rotten, so me thinks his bad mood might change once he gets ensconced on King Billys throne 😂…..
We dropped Sir William off and left him sorting out his hotel room and off we set…….It was the most glorious day for a trundle to paradise…..with clear blue sky all around…
We stopped off on the A66 at the lovely farm shop there, only to find everyone and their dogs had also decided to take a break there 🙄….it had a lovely Christmas Cabin, which drew me and Gemma straight in 😂….deciding that queues weren’t for us, we got a cuppa takeaway Yorkshire Tea and some snacks for Gemma and Stuart and sat happily in the car for a few minutes before setting off for the final couple of hours…..
As we crossed the Penrith roundabout, the first sign for Keswick appeared and we were heading down my favourite road, passed Stainton, Pendruggan turn off and then Threkeld …..and then the calm washed over me…..the beauty engulfed me as paradise appeared….
We parked up, breathed in the air and took a walk down to my favourite spot
The Lake was so still, so calm that the reflections were crystal clear in the water…..
Gemma was being spoilt on her first visit. Even she noticed how clean and fresh the air was filtering easily through her lungs…..and filling them with loveliness…..her silence staring out at the water said far more than words. I think she finally understood why THIS is my paradise……
It was bitterly cold, but that added a newness to the beauty as I’ve never been there so late in the year.
We headed back to Appletrees to drop off our bags and my lovely B&B, along with Catherine the owner, engulfed us in a massive Christmas hug. Each room having it’s own sprinkling of Christmas sparkle.
It was getting dark so we decided to head into town to pick up my supplies for the evening. The town didn’t disappoint. We may not be there for the Christmas fayre on Sunday but the town was decked in lights and all things Christmas…
It had been a long day and we all ended up getting supplies for a snug night in readiness for our full day in paradise…….
We woke to find a beautiful white world had descended…….
After breakfast we ambled towards the river and walked alongside through Fitz Park, cheered by the sight of many happy dogs having their morning walk. Up one side of the park and down the other….
…..before trundling from one Christmas decked shop to another, buying things we never knew we needed….🙄😂……stopping for a cuppa halfway and playing trivial pursuits as cards lay in readiness to entertain on each table….a final push to the last shops before heading back to Appletrees for an afternoon snuggle before one last trundle to my favorite spot before it got dark……and we were greeted by an wonderful sunset to end our visit……❤️
An amazing 24hrs in paradise. Sooo lucky with the weather, crisp and white and sunny….before our long journey back Feeling refreshed and happy to be picking up Billy……..