My final day…….

All good things must come to an end…or so the saying says…I prefer to think of it as placed on pause until next time. So Monday was my final day. It was also the start of the week long celebrations for DEEP’s 10th anniversary and me and my Amigos, George Dory and Gail, were opening the week with Jane Garvey (former Radio two presenter of Woman’s Hour) attempting to interview us 😂�….that wasn’t until 10am so I had time for my morning walk before breakfast.

It was forecast to be another dull day but, whatever the weather, I never find it dull in paradise. There was actually, a chink of clear sky as I stepped outside of Appletrees..

The theatre lights shone on their steps as if lighting up the stage to tempt us in..

As I reached the bay, a lone sheep was silhouetted against the morning sky

As I got closer, I realised it was one of the festive coloured sheep loooking as though it had also donned an ear ring 🤣�…

I walked round the bay looking for an unlikely photograph and found this as I stared at Cat Bells through the tree

As I was just about to click the geese, some decided to take flight, the others following soon after.

Up onto Friars Crag and the blueness of the morning light was in full evidence…so calm, so peaceful, so still…

Time to head back…I must have left a little later as time seemed to pass quickly…the launch paths out into the lake looked very inviting..

….so I decided to walk on them this morning….I could immediately see why the gate was closed as they were very slipper 😳�…but took my time; didn’t want to end up wet when it wasn’t raining 🤣�…

It’s amazing how a different angle gives you a totally different view ….

Soon back in Hope Park and a quick piccie of the archway…

Then a Robin hopped on the post in front of me…

But sadly I didn’t have time to find out if t was Sylvia as a dog walker came along and it flew away…

Passing by the café and these strange domes that have been there all year…

I’ve never seen anyone having afternoon tea inside. Maybe they’ve been popular and I just havn’t been around at the right time. But they don’t appeal to me…bit like being in a goldfish bowl 🤔

After breakfast, I just had a few minutes before it was time to log on. It was so lovely to see everyone on screen. I didn’t actually recognise Jane Garvey; I thought I would as I’ve met her several time…but today it was a stranger with a familiar voice and warmth on screen

We were there to talk about what DEEP meant to us…I said..

“DEEP means a friendship like no other I’ve experienced or felt before. Dementia – that cruel disease, that gifts us a special bond with others also living with dementia” or something like that…🙄

The 90 minutes flew by, as I knew it would. A wonderful start to the week long event…

Afterwards, I needed to get my supper, before deciding what to do. I noticed a new cake shop on the way into town. Turned out it was only the 6th day of trading for this ex nurse. She loved nursing, but the stress of it all had made her follow her dream and have her own cake shop. 🥰�…I wished her well and just hope she survives the winter for me to see her again on my first vibist of 2023.🤞

As I entered the sandwich shop, the young girl immediately knew what I wanted 🤣�…I didn’t’t have to say a word; just nodded and smiled.

It was 12 by the time I’d got back and this time of year, daylight hours are so much shorter, so what to do with my last 4 hours 🤔�….

I decided to head to Grasmere. I could then get my daughters and Pip some Grasmere gingerbread…unique and only made in that village. The bus was at 12.30 and was waiting for me as I turned the corner towards the bus stands.

It was spitting with rain as we arrived, so camera under my coat I headed for the Gingerbread house. Even on this dull wet day there was a queue…so I checked out their ‘spoon garden’ 🤣

So simple and the children love it

Inside, this ancient art of gingerbread making was in full flow, the smell that wafted through the doorways was one of pure gingerbread loveliness…

Although it was raining a little, I still kept to my plan and walked through the garden centre to the back lane, to see if the lakeside tiny coffee hut was open. The gate was shut, but I went through as all I wanted to do really, was take a photo of the lake…nature seeming to have sole residence now the crowds of summer have gone…

Shutting the gate behind me, I realised I could make the next bus back. If the weather had been dry, I would have lingered for longer but it wasn’t playing ball today. I passed a carving – an old tree had been expertly carved into a wooodland scene. How talented some people are 🥰

I cut through the churchyard, knowing there’d be birds around and trees that I could shelter under with my camera

Someone saw me taking photos and asked me where the poet, Wordsworth,  grave was….I said, “You’re standing right next to it…” They thought I was taking photos of the grave and that it must be in the distance, but I confessed to taking the birds instead…😂

Once back in Keswick, I just had enough daylight left to take one last trundle to Friars Crag. The damp weather meant I had it to myself…unheard of at this time of day, but a welcome bonus

I said goodbye to my view and that I’d be back in the New Year. Ambling back, feeling as though I was leaving a little bit of me behind with each footstep, it was sunset time and just a tiny cloud of colour lit the sky around the otherwise grey clouds..

Back through Hope Park, the gardeners sprucing it up for the winter. But like any good gardener…they leave the seed heads in situe for the birds to feed off throughout the winter

As for my final piccie…..well not one form today at all….but my favourite one of the trip…..when Sylvia kept me company on one of my walks…

‘Til next time 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 “My final day…….

  1. A spoon garden – what a fun idea! If I was still working with the kids at my local grade school I would start one up. Sadly Covid caused me to give up that volunteering, due to the risk we elders face. Love your photo of the hint of sunset – gorgeous! Thanks!

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  2. I have so enjoyed my time with you in the Lakes…I love it there and a few years ago Mary and I had a coach trip up and stayed near Windermere it was lovely. I was almost as sad as you when you were leaving such a place as Paradise ….but like you I will wait till 2023 and join you on your next trip to Paradise….Thank you so much for all the beautiful photographs you take. It was particularly lovely that Sylvia was able to join you….God Bless

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  3. Some great photos of your last day Wendy.
    I had the pleasure of listening and seeing you all too on the DEEP event. Such an amazing support network. Have a good weekend. 😊

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