|Ahhh Haweswater - remember summer?|
So what's the point of the blog if there's no hike? Well 2nd Jan marked 2 years since we sallied forth into our new life in the north so I thought now was as good a time as any for a recap and an update. I always promised I'd track out new life warts and all, so here it is.
|Beautiful Buttermere. And breathe...|
The vegetable plot in the garden is primed and ready for action though I'm still not quite sure what I'll be planting. We have about 1 foot of lovely composty soil before we hit the old Morecambe Bay silts, so I'm thinking a combo of spuds and seaweed to make the most of the natural habitat.
The writing is also taking off nicely, something I never envisaged two years ago and I now have a weekly hiking column on the Cumbria24 website as well tracking the monthly adventures of the lovely Herdy. There's a list over on the right of all the other places you can find me too.
|Retro is in, right?|
On the home improvements side we're still awaiting planning permission for our modest modifications; we're hoping to pop an external staircase in to open up 3 "undercroft" rooms (basement) and allow us a little more space for visitors. At the moment our second bedroom is only a single room but that doesn't stop us wedging a double bed in on occasions. It works fine so long as the occupants take turns breathing. But budgets being what they are I may need to live with my 1976 retro kitchen a little while longer, still retro is fashionable again, isn't it?
And that's pretty much it. I'm not going to tempt fate with some well meaning positive comments; since writing my last blog about the joys of Christmas I've dealt with a sprained foot, Norovirus and a cold, so I've learned my lesson on that front. Instead I shall leave you with my claim to the "oddest meal of the festive season" crown. On a family visit to a pub on New Years Day I opted for the salmon as I wanted something light for my tum. They were out of salmon so I switched to cod instead. As the plates arrived for the rest of the family choc full of roast dinner I confess I felt a little envious, but I needn't have worried; 2 minutes later my own lunch arrived with a lovely light piece of cod delicately placed atop a pile of roast spuds, carrots & parsnips, all surrounded with a thick meaty gravy. And you thought sherry trifle for breakfast was odd. Happy New Year!
|Cod & gravy - what's not to love?|