Wednesday, 12 January 2011

When life gives you lemons, make lemon drizzle cake!


Well after my last post on Sunday we got up, had a looooong lazy breakfast and then went for a good long hike all around the Arnside headland.  The village sits on the south side of a beautiful big estuary with the mountains of the Lake district rising up in the distance to the north.  From the promenade you get glorious views over to Grange-over-Sands and can watch the trains as they make their way around the coastline and across the viaduct.  It's a shame that they're only diesel trains these days, I'm sure the viaduct would look much better dressed with a fine old steam engine hauling across.  We got home in time to watch a stunning sunset over the bay which we toasted with a nice cup of tea and a nice relaxing evening readying ourselves for our first full week at work.

Fighting to stay here will be worth it.
It's amazing how quickly you settle into a new routine.  I've got the buses and trains sorted now - though still have no real idea which route the bus takes as it twists and turns through the village.  There are only three roads in the village but it seems to drive all of them at least twice.

Monday meant a trip to a team meeting in Chorley and a return to the site of my interview, at least this time there was no sleepless night beforehand.  In fact this time I not only slept well the night before, I also snoozed through most of the meeting.  Not that the meeting was that bad, it's just that I have a very low boredom threshold and the attention span of a gnat. Still at least by the end of it we'd got a fair amount sorted and my diary is now starting to look pleasingly full for the rest of the year.  So workwise things are still going fabulously, which just leaves us with the house...

Following another minor setback I decided to take the bull by the horns and have negotiated a joint agency contract with no increase in rate between two agents that hate each other, so hopefully that will liven things up a little!  We've also decided we rather like the area around here and have started house hunting locally, though obviously we're not the only people to fall for the charms of Silverdale and Arnside so you don't get so much for your money.  Despite what everyone seems to think house prices in this neck of the woods aren't that much different to where we've comd from - but the views are an awful lot nicer!

Today we discovered Borwick Hall, the nearest place I can work and plug into the LCC network.  Mind you it did mean tackling the rush hour traffic for the first time - if you can call half a dozen cars and a small bus 'rush hour'. Borwick Hall is a huge old stone built manor house with heaps of history and bags of character, a stunning place to work though best make sure you've got a big woolly pully on.  These old places look amazing but they're always a little draughty.

So life is still treating us well. Yes, life has dealt us the odd lemon this week but, as I suggested in the title, why only use them to make lemonade when, with just a little more effort, you can have a full blown Lemon Drizzle cake.