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back from the weekend

It is lovely to get away from it all, but the problem always arises when you come back. Here is the world, with all of its many, varied problems. Waiting for you. With a big, huge grin that says: congratulations. You are now a weekend behind. Please don't struggle on the way down.

That said, though; Kendal, what a lovely town!!! Hats off to Mum, she's picked a lovely one this time. We stayed at a lovely b+b called Balcony House, which had astonishing gardens (pitcher plants and cacti outside!), tasty breakfasts and came with free entry to a local spa (I got steamed!) -- and it was within easy wander of the river, castle, markets, organic pubs, Booths, etc.

Mum took us out to Ambleside, and, drawing on memories from her 60s visits to the Lakelands, dragged us up an unprepossessing sidestreet to an exquisite pub called the Golden Rule where we had snacks and beers enough to fortify ourselves for a wander up a classic run of waterfalls, popular since Victorian times and possessed of the ironwork to prove it -- grown into trees, where the fence had been secured many years ago. All up the waterfall (or "forces", as mum had it) new holiday homes had scabbed over the gorge sides, with tiny handkerchiefs of patio space hanging over the rapids, perfect for white noise picnics. The sun through the trees stabbed golden light at Wrens and Thrushes but no Dippers, despite mum's promises. There was a house over a river, though -- she was right about that. It had a duck under it, two Jackdaws perched on it, and a skulking juvenile Robin -- and they all wanted sandwiches.

In the evening we went out to the Mum's favourite posh foodie pub, The Sun, in Crook and we ate enough that I am still digesting, 24 hours later, as I watch the BBC proving that it is legal to hunt Jeremy Clarkson with dogs.

Holidays are good. But I'm home now.


( 3 worms — Feed the birds )
21st Jul, 2008 06:44 (UTC)
I think he should be hunted with badgers, possibly cyber-badgers.
21st Jul, 2008 07:50 (UTC)
We went to that waterfall last year as a friend of ours wanted all his friends to share the completion of his last Munro, Wansfell pike, that is the hill above that waterfall.
The dogs and indeed the hunters didn't seem to be having any less fun hunting Clarkson than hunting foxes.
21st Jul, 2008 09:25 (UTC)
The Sun Inn used to be our local when my grandparents & my great-uncle & -aunt lived on the Crook Road towards Staveley. Very nice too!

Wilf's Cafe in Staveley is also worth a try.
( 3 worms — Feed the birds )