We were out walking very early on Saturday after scraping ice off the car first. The walk was sunny, blue skies and very quiet at such an early hour we didn’t see any other walkers until we were leaving the hill. Hubby has a knee injury and was limping most of the way so it was short and sweet.
So, what do you reckon, this little group of four were inseparable, do the donkeys think they’re sheep or the sheep think they’re donkeys or are they just good friends?
We were surprised to find snow on the hills, after the sunshine and rain of the last week we thought it would all have been chased away.
Hubby with his new friends. This ewe and her lamb followed us for a good half mile yet we had no food and offered no encouragement.
We nearly didn’t get to do our walk on Saturday. Friday evening we left the mill a little later and arrived at the post office at 2.30pm to discover that I’d left my purse and handbag at the mill. Back we went and returned to the post office a mere 20 minutes later only to discover that it was shut due to an emergency.
We drove into town to the next post office to discover a complete lack of parking spaces, after circling twice Hubby dropped me off and continued to circle until I finally surfaced. Arriving home at 3.17, just in time to let C into the house, we showered, changed, packed and left for the Lake District at 3.37 promptly getting stuck in heavy traffic.
Calming down as the we progressed north, we arrived in Keswick 2 hours later on a lovely evening. We stayed at the youth hostel overlooking the river, a great spot, and dined on Mexican fare. Just as we were settling down to some pre-bed reading, C told us she had really bad back ache and couldn’t get comfortable. We didn’t have paracetamols, neither did the hostel or the three closed shops / supermarkets. In desperation we ran to a corner shop we’d remembered on the back streets and tracked down the tablets with a minute to spare before they closed! It wasn’t looking good for the following morning.
Just for once, we were up and breakfasted early ready to set off by 9am. C still had back ache but we thought we’d give it a try anyway.
You can nearly see the hills through the haze, it was very warm as we climbed a short steep ascent onto the moor.
You can nearly see the other sheep behind this Herdwick, it’s the one that looks like a rock. Don’t they have the sweetest faces?
We nearly managed to get a photo of the three of us sat on a stile (holding camera at arms length and hoping for the best), but we did manage the walk and had lunch sat outside the cafe at Grange. Once home, C spent the reminder of the day prone, complaining of back ache again but thankfully she seems right enough today.
It seems like the last couple of months have been filled by two types of weather, wet and windy and very wet and very windy. To be fair there have been moments of clear skies and sunshine but they’ve been so fleeting I’ve barely had time to register them. yesterday was quite different, clear blue skies, sunny, crisp and so still.
We grabbed our opportunity for stroll with our teenager with both hands, even ousting her from bed early so as to be sure not to mis the clear skies. I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed the peaceful walk around Grimwith reservoir. As we were early we saw few people. There was a hard frost on the ground and we took great pleasure trying to break the ice on the puddles. The sharp cracks rent the still air and were joined by shrieks as C nearly fell over.
Don’t you just love patterns in frost? Friday was a sunny day too but I spent all day inside being creative. More of that tomorrow if I can get a good picture.