Saturday, 15 October 2011
It'll be and adventure!
So where does this overdeveloped sense of humour and unswerving desire to remain optimistic at all times come from? Well I'm afraid I blame my dad for that as he was a no-nonsense kind of a chap who, unfortunately, died 2 days before my 19th birthday. Traumatic though that was it has given me an incredible sense of perspective on life and for that I will always be grateful. The upside is that I can almost always find the good in any given situation and, if I can't, then I'll find a way to have a laugh to take my mind off it.
Recently I've heard people say "It's alright for you..." and "I wish I had your life" when the reality is it's probably not alright for me and, I'm afraid, my life is just as dull and bothersome as everyone else's, but blogging about the bothersome doesn't make for good reading. However, in the interests of giving a clear and balanced picture of our new life in Cumbria, I thought I'd mention of couple of the big challenges we've faced (and are still facing) and how we're getting to grips with them.
I've also learned how to earn cash from completing online surveys which isn't as dull as it sounds. I've passed many an interesting evening giving my opinions on such varied topics as breakfast cereals, fishfingers, talking washing machines and financial services products. OK, maybe the last one is as dull as it sounds, but this month I've earned £33 quid for telling people what I think. If I could apply that to the rest of life then I'd be a millionaire in no time.
And, most importantly, the fells are free and thanks to my over developed sense of adventure the fells have helped me get fit, get thin, get lost, get found, get wet, get muddy, get wet again and get out there. They are the most incredibly beautiful place to be and are guaranteed to make you forget about all your other worries.
The other big challenge we've faced is making new friends. We're in Grange-over-Sands which is a wonderfully pretty place but is apparently the 5th most popular retirement town in England. The downside is we're a good 20 years younger than most residents and most of the clubs and societies are geared towards people who are no longer working, but the upside is that we're always being introduced as the "new young couple" and, in my mid 40's, I like being described as being young again. Everyone we've met has been wonderfully friendly and welcoming, especially our neighbours, but we just don't have a lot in common with them. So what have I done about that? I've taken to the virtual world and am finding lots of lovely new friends on Twitter and Facebook. I don't know them all that well yet, but there's plenty of time and my track record of meeting people on the internet is good; I found Steve when I went looking for cheap car insurance, which I've always been grateful for and I'm I'm sure he's pleased about too, well, most of the time anyway.
So, there you go, a teeny glimpse into the less glamorous side of life in Cumbria. This weekend will be a whirl of apple juicing at Staveley and most likely hiking up a fell tomorrow. We haven't decided which one yet, but after last week's "incident" I shall be taking plenty of compass readings. Hope everyone reading this has a wonderful weekend and I promise a return to our fell adventures in my next instalment!