The wonderful trip to the Outer Hebrides was a ‘seize the moment’ trip as timings and Phillys availability just fell into place…..but I already had my October trip to paradise booked and organised – honest! Yes I know how lucky I am to be able to do this, I really never take anything for granted…….
Now in winter mode, I’m getting up far earlier than I need and today was no exception. 5.30am and I’m up showered and dressed, washing on and playing my wake up games on my ipad 🙄…..my poor neighbours must wonder what I’m up to 🤣
My taxi was due at 9am so plenty of time for a little trundle as it looked such a lovely morning as daybreak arrived
I only went for a short trundle. The village shop still closed although about to open, a villager waiting patiently outside for the doors to be unlockded….
Up through Church Walk, the sunrise still giving the sky a warm glow
The enormous mushroom I’d seen the day before, still standing but buckling under its own weight in the graveyard
Along the back lane, I could see the odd dog walker ahead of me, no one else venturing out to witness this peaceful morning…as I reached the playing the the zip wire and tyre swing were silhouetted against the sky
And finally down to my favourite morning view at the edge of the village and always a cert for a lovely view
I needed to get back home and pack…..so a quick hello to the ducks this morning, the pond containing a mirror glass image of the sky
As the taxi drove me through the village, the morning routine was in full flow; neighbours collecting their papers, children bouncing their way to school. All was right in my world.
The first train took me to Hull where the Manchester train was waiting for me. We shundled passed the Humber, the sun glistening on the river
I hadn’t had time to think what I was going to do in Keswick this time. Still on a high from my visit to Philly, I’d not thought about it. But I knew everything would fall into place.
In Manchester I had to change for Lancaster. With time to spare I thought it best to get my supper sandwich here as everywhere would have finished serving once I got to Keswick.
The journey so far had been fairly calm, the sun was shining and I’d just had an email from my publishers Bloomsbury, to tell me the proof copy were in of my new book
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I hadn’t had a cuppa tea since leaving home, so with 40 minutes to wait in Lancaster for my final train, I settled down with a cuppa and watched the world go by.
I’d felt a little detached from people around me, conversations a rumble of noise. I thought dementia was going to play up at the wrong time, but I closed my eyes and stayed in my own little world and by the time the train came, it had passed…and as I reached the start of the Lakes, I could relax…
It was a pleasingly uneventful journey – just how I like…as I arrived in Keswick and made the short walk up to Appletrees, Catherine was waiting for me AND Polly the dog almost sent me flying with her excitement 🤣…….after a chat and a catch up I settled in my chair and simply took in my favourite window view
The 3 trees at the front are always the first to change colour, the first to lose their leaves and the first to gain their new leaves……
It was too nice an evening to stay in, so I set off for Friars Crag….the sun was just going down. The trees were certainly showing signs of their autumn clothes
I was surprised how high the lake was. I usually walk along the edge part way to the Crag, but there was no sign of land and the boats were almost up to the edge
As I reached Friars Crag, the setting sun was glistening on the water
So peaceful, so still, so calm…..❤️ I sat on the bench and soaked up the clean clear air
People arrived and I left them to have a turn on the bench….
As I reached each gap in the trees I just had to snap…
The crowds of the summer long gone, half term crowds yet to arrive….what a beautiful greeting from paradise……the boats deserted and waiting for tomorrows visitors….as I headed home for the evening……