It's ages since I've done a post so I thought I had better get on with one double quick.
On 27th December Peter and I went up to the Lake District. We stayed in a handy pub in Conniston, near enough to Maalie's, handy for walking and one that would take dogs. Fat lot of walking we did. It poured. We hurried out for one minute at a time, just long enough for Badger to have a pee, then back to the car. I would have taken a picture of the scenery but it is hard to focus on mist and fog.
The 28th saw us arriving at The Royal Maalie Court. What a lovely place. Relaxing, friendly and full of food and drink. Kick off your shoes, flop down and make yourself at home. Wonderful to see Simon again and to meet his daughter Suzie.
Maalie had our day organized down to the last minute. Off to Furness Abbey.
This Abbey was destroyed during the Dissolution of the Monastries. It was a beautiful place, very atmospheric. Simon thought he was a monk.
We wandered about, exclaiming at the architecture, shivering but glad that at least we were outside.
Simon and Suzie huddling up for warmth.
Mmm ... it's not as good as Sidney Opera House. Enough of this. Let's get to a pub. Off to the Black Dog. Hey, this is wonderful. Food, drink and Maalie doing the driving. Simon burried himself in a plate of Tiger Prawns. "Bloody great mate" he exclaimed appreciatively to the waitor. The waitor beamed.
Back to the Royal Court for a zizzzzzz. I decided that I needed my quota of daylight hours so took Badger for a cold, blustery, wet and exhilerating walk along the Duddon Estury.
Goodness gracious me!! Badger is in the sea. Swimming. In this weather. Bloody Hell. Never mind. It's warm back at the court and Maalie won't mind a bit her shaking. Bugger. She's rolling in the sand and mud. BADGER!!!! Come here you ....... dog. Never mind. Maalie won't mind a bit her drying herself on his carpets.
Back to the Court. Sneak Badger in while Maalie is watching 'Extreme Bird Watching and Ringing with James May' on More 4.
Off we go now to visit Ringing Ken and Linda, friends of Maalie, and now our friends too, after that lovely trip to Spain. Cake. Tea. Warm fire to sit in front of. Pity we couldn't have brought Badger to dry off. Never mind, she will be doing very well at Maalie's.
After a pleasant time with Ken and Linda, it's off back to the Court. Phew, Maalie hasn't noticed all the sand and dried mud on the carpet. Now it's time for 'evening buffet'. In other words, all the stuff he wants to get finished before he's off on his travels again. It's serious drinking time after all the driving he's done today.
Good Grief. What a glum pair.
Ah, that's better.
Glad to see Simon could still manage two at a time.
Peter joined in with gusto.
So it was back to Conniston, and who do you think had to do the driving? Who do you think was the only sober one? Who do you think didn't guzzle McEwens Export all evening? Yes .. well. When we got there, the bar was still open. "How about a snifter before we go to bed" I asked longingly. "No, I don't think so. I've had enough" said Peter.