P.S….Our final morning in paradise…..

I don’t usually write a blog after our final full day as the following day is usually taken up with travelling, but not this time…..we’re home now, but this was our last morning…..

At 6.30 am on a very cold frosty morning, me and Sarah met Catherine and Polly downstairs as they were going for a moonlight swim 😳🤣 now obviously someone had to stay on shore with Polly and a light shining for them, so I volunteered 🤪

It was sooo cold my fingers soon because numb, even though I had thermal gloves on and when my hands and feet are cold the rest of me is…….even my camera had trouble taking photos, it was so cold. Some ended up with my cold breathe on the lens 🙄 others, my fingers had been so numb I hadn’t pressed the shutter hard enough 🙈….but it was the most glorious morning…..

They take their love for swimming very seriously and have all the right gear as Catherine elegantly demonstrates..

The moon was shining huge and bright in the sky

The three of them got undressed and after recording their morning video

….. just went straight in without batting an eyelid 😳….I don’t think I’m cut out for cold water swimming 😂….

All I could see were their headlights…


Me and Polly played with her ball and stick 

and even Polly was happily racing into the freezing cold water to retrieve them 0 even Polly has a dry robe to put on afterwards..😍

Even she had trouble finding her stick and ball🤣

It wasn’t long before the dimmer switch was turned slightly

The sky was so clear …it was going to be a wonderful day and a beautiful sunrise…

As soon as they’d finished their swim Catherine and Sue went off to make their guests breakfast, Sarah sat and drank her flask of tea to warm up and I headed with no feeling at all in my hands to Friars Crag…

As I got there, the view was breathtaking….

It was still too early for the sun to appear over Walla Crag, but the light was stunning all the way round

Then Sylvia appeared at my feet once more. 

I was just about to start chatting and throw some food when I could hear loud voices approaching. Sylvia disappeared and I was joined briefly by 2 very loud speaking men, one saying how peaceful it was here 😳🙄…..well it’s was!…..luckily they left quite soon to go and shout somewhere else…..

I took some more photos while I waited for Sylvia to return, which of course she did…landing at my fee once more…

I couldn’t open my little seed container, my hands were just freezing blobs at the end of my arms…I apologised and said we were leaving today but I’d be back next month and hope she’d come and see me again. With that she hopped onto the back of the bench….

I could hear the loud voices further round the bay and she flew off……I waited for a few more minutes to see if she’d return and watched the mist rise up above the water

One last photo of Cat bells, it’s mirror glass image clearly visible..

As it became apparent she wasn’t going to return, so I made my way towards Sarah waiting on the bench…she actually came ambling to meet me and we walked happily together regaling how stunning it had been. We got to the boats and a mirror lake met our eyes, the pinkness of the sunrise reflected in the water from the sky…

As we trundled through Hope park, the morning light was now showing the frost in all its glory

As we sat having breakfast, the sun finally rose over Walla Crag for all to see

Finally in the warmth of my room, my fingers beginning to thaw, I stood and looked out of the window…….we’re so very lucky to have all this…

Even the moon decided to hang around to see it all happen…..

And that really is the end of this months trip to paradise……….

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.

13 thoughts on “P.S….Our final morning in paradise…..

  1. Another memorable visit. I just can’t imagine anyone wanting to swim in those conditions- it’s a wonder they didn’t have to break the ice to get in … 🥶

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  2. How joyous !
    Such a great record and photos of your beautiful trip to Paradise!
    Thank you for all that you do Wendy .
    It is truly inspirational .
    Stay safe and well.
    Kindest regards
    Tracey .

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