It’s been a bad few weeks for me on many counts, but last week Sarah told me I could finally go in her car. They’d not have Covid patients for a while, so she felt it safer than before…my mind immediately went into overdrive. Where could we go, what could we do?
We’d talked about her coming on the local train with me to the seaside town of Bridlington, but I’d looked up the rules and safety notices and they didn’t seem to have any except the wearing of masks. No seats could be booked, so how would the train company know if it would be overcrowded? No I didn’t feel comfortable doing that. I’d looked at going to Keswick on the train, but although that routine was once second nature, the web site looked like gobbledygook, routes appeared to have changed, I couldn’t work out what to do after such a long absence of booking tickets 😔
Then she told me she had this week off….
How about Keswick, me said? Within a nano second I’d looked up my wonderful Appletrees B&B, read the new rules and felt immediately safe and sound. It was always super clean so I knew it would all be done even better….Sarah rang Catherine and she was equally as overjoyed as we were to be able to return…excited doesn’t describe how I felt, I was overjoyed at the thought.
So yesterday we set off early doors, heading for paradise. Sarah loves it almost as much as me! Well no one can love it as much as me so a close second is pretty good.
I’d already thought that if I didn’t feel safe outside, if it was busy, I would be quite happy simply sat in my room looking at the view…
Of course, ‘packing’ a suitcase is one thing I hadn’t done for months 😳…what went in where? What did I take? As the week went by, each time I thought of something I would put it in a pile ready. This time would be the first time I’d have my trusty camera with me, so the charger for that was the most important thing I could think of 😂🤣
My suitcase had been by the front doors for hours when Sarah txt to say she was leaving hers 😂🤣……goodness knows if I had everything….but we settled down in companiable silence, after none stop talking from me for a while 🙄 to a nice journey.
There was a distinct reduction of lorries and Monday morning traffic in general, which was nice. Also no coaches taking travellers around the country. That was weird. To see different landscapes, different scenery …even my windmills that I hadn’t seen for months…that was the biggest change. Hills in the distance, the rugged landscape of the Pennines a sheer delight…
We stopped at our usual place for a cuppa and a bite to eat, Mainsgill….all very civilised and well organised and even had the camels to admire 😂
And then, refreshed, we continued on our way towards the descent into paradise….and what did it do….rain 🙄…..but as arrived in paradise we parked up the car, and the rain stopped😇…..
We decided to walk to the lake first as due to Catherine’s new routine we couldn’t get to our freshly steamed room until 4pm. As soon as we turned the corner we were shocked at the vast number of people around 😳….and soooooo many looked like they’d never been to Keswick before. I christened them the new staycation folk….nowhere was quiet. I soon realised I’d not only forgotten my glasses but my hearing guards too 🙈🙄. I havn’t worn either for months…
I was quite disappointed, I must say…but pleased for Keswick. It had never occurred to me that those who normally go abroad might come to Keswick, but from the conversations I heard, that was certainly the case…one said it all when I heard them say..
”just think, we should be in Spain…”…..
As we reached my favourite spot, Friars Cragg, I spotted the Robin that always makes an appearance there…
And then we stood at the end….and stared, just stared….
Eventually we ventured into town to buy our supper and again it was very busy everywhere…not for so long have we been surrounded by so many people. I was desparate just to get to the peace of my room.
4pm arrived and we were waiting on Catherines doorstep. Her smiley masked face appeared at the door and all was right in the world again. She took us through the new rules for breakfast, new rules for the rooms and lamented the lack of a hug…
As Sarah went to her room and Catherine bade me farewell, I sat in silence and stared at the view I’d missed so much…..and just sat, with my cuppa tea
More from paradise tomorrow…..❤️