Sunday in paradise……

Today is Keswick’s Victorian Christmas Fayre and the reason why I booked this weekend as I don’t think I’ve ever been 🤔�…

After last nights glorious sunset, I should be, if the saying is true, waking to a glorious day…but me thinks someone changed the script today as I woke to heavy cloud and a look of overnight rain having fallen…but as I stepped outside, it was thankfully dry, still dark but dry…the night before had been so clear, even the moon had shone felt like I hadn’t seen the moon for ages….🤔

However, a different day in paradise…always the same, when people put so much effort into an event, the only thing they have no control over is the weather, and today the weather had the hump…😂

My usual walk down to the lake, and I was surprised how quiet it was – fewer people about than yesterday..still dark as I reached the launch

I zoomed into Cat Bells to see if anyone had made the morning trip up there for sunrise and there were 3 shadows today

Me thinks they might be in for a disappointment 🫣 but they’d still have a lovely view….just not what they were expecting probably 😂

As I turned off towards the bay, I noticed someone had left the gate open 🥲�….the sheep were having a field day in the trees heading towards Friars Crag 😳 As it started to become light, I could tell this morning’s photos would be all about the geese

They’d congregated below Cat Bells

What surroundings they have 🥰

Two formed a perfect mirror image in the lake simply standing and watching the others

Time to move up to Friars Crag….thankfully empty once more

The morning blue light made the landscape look so calm and peaceful

I crouched down alongside the anchored, gnarled roots of the old tree which wind their way across the path, their protection of earth having been washed away long ago..

Time to go back for breakfast…I’d had my morning fix of fresh clear air…one last photo…a simple stick in the water framed by the branches of the tree…..catches my eye every time I pass this spot….

Having had my breakfast later than normal, it surprised me when I had a knock on my door – it was Gracie coming to clean my room. I’d got so confused with time and hadn’t realised it was gone 10 o’clock 🙄…My plan was to stay in and around Keswick today to soak up the atmosphere of the Christmas Fayre. It’s the charities opportunity to hope the public are feeling generous to fill up their buckets, buy their raffle tickets and have a go on their games. Apparently , there are around 30 or more stalls, a funfair for the littlies and the Big Man himself ready to receive the children and their wishes.

I had my morning shopping to do as well, but first I felt like walking through Hope Park for some reason. I thought I’d just do a circle of it, taking in the bird hide, where birds were feasting on seed

I love the red Dogwood. Every year I used to cut branches to make into a home made Christmas tree, complete with tiny baubles and lights….just round the corner a Goldfinch was balancing on the thin stems of dieback plants, nibbling at the seed heads

On my way out, I suddenly saw my friend perched on the Birch hedge.Once again, I was within touching distance as we stared at one another…

“Morning Sylvia” I whispered. And with that, she broke into song…

Now Sylvia was never known for her singing voice, so I smiled, chuckled and said:

“Well that’s an improvement from your human world” 😂

She cocked her head to one side as if to say…

“Very funny” 🙄

I got some pink suet out of my pocket and dropped 2 pieces on the ground. She flew down and picked up just the one, as I knew she would. Sylvia always watched her waistline…she then flew back up to the hedge

I held my hand out with another piece….but a group of people came by laughing with their dogs and she flew off….😔 next time….

So up into town, bought my supper, but then did my first tour of the Fayre. The stall holders and organisers had made such an effort

The crowds were increasing as people seem to appear from all over

The stalls were busy thankfully, even the Blood Bikes were out collecting people’s spare change

Even the local dogs had dressed for the occasion

Everyone was bright and cheerful

The Rotary had a human fruit machine….one rang a bell and the three men put their hand in their box and brought out a piece of fruit. If two or more were the same you won!

Another had sealed gift bag and their stall was called “Water or Wine”? The bag contained either a bottle of water or a bottle of wine – such a simple game….

A group were playing on the stage, a crowd had gathered round them and were singing along….

I decided I needed a break from the hustle and bustle so ambled up the road towards the Highland Cattle. I passed by one of my favourite shops. I often find something unusual in there and today was no different…I found a Robin made from felt and a recycled zip….😳…how DO people think up such clever ideas 🥰

As I reached the cows, they were all much closer than yesterday…some simply standing pondering ‘did I really need another photo of them?” 🤣

Others were simply looking resigned to the fact…

I don’t know what it is about these massive beasts but I find them so cute 🤣

As I left them to their pondering, I began to feel weary so thought I’d head home for a cuppa before I had my final tour of the Fayre and final trundle before I settled down. As I reached the bottom of the road, a Robin serenaded me….may sound strange but I knew it wasn’t Sylvia. It gave me no feeling, no emotion, it was simply what Robins are….beautiful

After a cuppa or three, I began to feel very snuggle so thought I’d better make the effort to go out for my last wander…

On my way I saw a huge number of parked motorbikes. I asked a couple what they were up to. Apparently they met every year and collected money for animal care and the elderly by riding round the local area in a big long parade. The two I chatted to said they were pensioners themselves!…and had an amazing 3 wheeled bike and wore all the gear…

When I reached the fayre, it was still very busy with many still milling around. Some stalls had obviously done very well and had sold out. Stall holders themselves were starting to look weary. They’d had their smiley faces on since first thing but now tiredness was beginning to show…

A different band were playing now – a brass band – playing New York, New York, when I arrived. The audience loving it and joining in. Then the conductor said that the next might appeal to some of the audience as there was apparently a football match tonight (England were playing in the World Cup. So they played Three Lions

Going by the cheers at the end, it went down well 😂. I too was beginning to feel weary, so headed down to he lake for my last trundle. I knew there wouldn’t be any dramatic sunset like the night before, but there was a chink of clear sky amongst the grey so the light would still be good.

Some of the festive coloured sheep were having a last minute graze..

Others were heading towards their resting place..

As I reached the bay, the geese too, were heading towards their resting place too…one last click..

….and time for me too to head for my resting place…until the morning and my last day in 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.

10 thoughts on “Sunday in paradise……

  1. Oh Wendy what a good time you had yesterday or actually I think it was Sunday !!!
    I would have loved to have seen all these stalls. I’m afraid I don’t go ..the Bath Christmas Market is wonderful….but with the wheelchair it’s almost impossible to get near the stalls there are so many people even if your lucky enough to get near one you find there is a step up again no good for chair or even the hight of the tables are to high for us to see exactly what’s all for sale. ( I’m writing this so that any stall holder who might read your report from yesterday reads this and thinks on for another time ). Anyway I hope everybody made a good lot of money and the people who bought are delighted with their buys. Sad though that you will be home by the time you get this and we won’t be enjoying your lovely Lake photos etc……till next time !! Take care wrap up well in the morning forecast is for zero temps. God Bless

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  2. Beautiful pictures as always Wendy, especially the one of ‘that seat’ at Friars Crag. I’ve never been to Keswick for the Christmas Fayre. I shall now put it on my ‘To Do’ list for next year. I didn’t know about any highland cattle in Keswick and I love highland cattle! I shall keep an eye out for them next time I’m there.

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  3. Having read your first book I’ve followed your blog ever since. You are an inspiration to us all, thank you. The quality of your photos gets ever better. I have my own ‘paradise’ but the emotions are just the same. Have a lovely, candle lit & peaceful Christmas.

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  4. Aww what a day full of stunning scenery glorious birds and sheep be the highland cows. That Christmas Fayre. You captured so much Wendy. Thank you 😊

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  5. Thank you for your post Wendy, I felt I was there at the Christmas market with you! Thank you for yoyr beautiful writing. You bring so much joy into our world.

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