After a stressful few weeks I just needed to get away from it all. Luckily we had already planned a weeks holiday in the Lake District with Helens parents and it couldn’t have come at a better time.
On Monday afternoon we arrived at our home for the week in the tiny village of Lower Wray, just off the shore of Lake Windermere. Our cottage was the former summer house of Wray Castle and stood at the top of a long track through farm land overlooking the lake and the mountains beyond. It was in the middle of nowhere with not a soul in sight and the only noise that could be heard was the sound of birdsong and the gentle bleating of sheep in the neighbouring fields. It couldn’t have been more perfect!
It was a very VERY wet and dreary week, but that didn’t stop us! We were up early and out walking every day, averaging approximately 10 miles a day. Despite the mist and rain the scenery was beautiful and there was something quite satisfying about getting soaking wet and cold and then coming back to the cottage to get warm and cosy with a cup of tea and a hot meal!
We had planned to do a couple of high mountain walks including Scafell Pike and Striding Edge/Helvellyn however due to the awful weather conditions we decided against it as even on fairly low level climbs the visibility was very poor. This was disappointing, however we plan to go back in March so that I can get my walking/running gear ready for the Mount Everest Marathon and hopefully do some more challenging walking then.
The week didn’t go by without any drama. As we headed out to Ullswater for a boat trip and a walk around the lake, disaster struck as Helens Dad caught the wheel of his car on a rock and ruptured the tire! Unfortunately it was not so straight forward as calling out the AA as we were stuck in the middle of the Kirkstone Pass. This is the Lake Districts highest pass and it has gradients of 30% in parts! It is also extremely remote so there was no phone signal and it was pouring with rain! Helens Dad tried to change the wheel himself but the locking wheel nut broke so the only option was for him to walk along the road to find signal! Eventually he managed to call the AA and they came to our rescue! What an eventful day!
We got quite fond of the farm animals near our cottage, in particular Cuthbert the calf (named by Helen) who was born right outside our cottage while we were there. We enjoyed saying hello to him every morning along with the sheep and the ducks that also roamed the same field.
On the same day that Cuthbert was born we also received exciting news from Helens brother that there was another new arrival – our baby niece Matilda! We were delighted to hear that both mother and baby were healthy and doing really well and we can’t wait to meet the new addition to our family!
We came back from the Lake District feeling refreshed and relaxed but we have a very tough few weeks ahead of us as the work on our house will be getting underway! Generally I am feeling more positive about this but I would be lying if I said I wasn’t anxious and very apprehensive about the prospect of watching my beloved home being torn apart! I know that I am going to need every ounce of mental strength and energy in order to deal with this. Thankfully my GP has been very supportive and has signed me off work due to such stressful circumstances. My close family and friends have also been brilliant (you know who you are!) and have kept me going when in the past I would have given up! It goes without saying that Helen has been my rock despite her also finding it extremely upsetting. I will let you know how it is all going in my next post.
I also want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their donations when I did the Bristol to Bath marathon. As promised I have made a donation myself of £190 to match the amount raised between 24th-27th October. Please continue to keep the donations coming in as every penny helps!!
Finally, I want to apologise for the lack of posts recently. As you know I am not on top form at the moment and I have found it difficult to concentrate on writing my posts – please bear with me!