Autumn here already but the weather was anything but seasonal.
But it was the month where I finally got to do the last thing on my 40@40 list. A helicopter flight over the lakes. It was an amazing experience.
The cloud was coming in so couldn’t fly over the whole of the Lake District, but did have a great flight up over the Langdales. Was amazing to see the lakes from such a birds eye view.
The only walking I managed this month was in the western fells. 3 more done and I discovered that chivalry was not dead. Ray and Dave carried me over a steam! This only left 10 more Wainwrights to go.
You know it’s autumn when it’s the Kendal Beer Festival. This year in my day job as coffee girl was asked to join forces with local Brewers to produce food/beer matches. I was paired with Brian from the Watermill at Ings, my chocolate brownies were pimped up with Coffee and his Shihtzu beer served with shots of the beer. It’s fair to say it was a success as the Brownies were all scoffed.
End of the month saw my brother in law come up for the weekend. We had already booked tickets for the Wainwright society’s annual talk. I know I’m sounding like a geek but it was incredibly interesting as Alison the bare foot shepherdess was doing the talk. The first woman ever to do so. It was a great night followed by drinks in Penrith.
After months of planning, it was time to do something off my new fabulist. Go ice skating with Erin and Niamh. I had not been since I was about 10. Like riding a bike you never forget!
With only a few Wainwrights to go, it was over to as far west as Wainwright ventured. With the exception of Crag Fell which had great views down to Ennerdale the other 2 were a trudge. But now down to single figures!
Another walk this month was probably my favourite of the year. We did High Crag, Haystacks and Fleetwith Pike ticking them off for us and celebrating Dave’s 60th birthday! Not my Dave’s! It was such a lovely day the weather un seasonable warm. Prosecco and Brownies perfect 🙂
Only to be back South in a couple of weekends. I had planned “doing London in style” with my friend Cate back in February. We had a great time, cocktails a plenty, breakfast at the Shard was a totally fabulous weekend.
How can it be December already?? The year has gone in a blur. As I’ve been writing this, cannot quite believe how much we have packed in.
In a quest to get the Wainwrights done , we did what I vowed I would never do and do them in awful weather. To be fair the weather looked promising as we set off but then it came in and boy did it! I was in such a bad mood and I admit had a mini meltdown hissy fit. Luckily we had made up by the first summit and laughed about it. These are definitely on the re visit list.
So there you are my year, thank you for reading. Hope you had a lovely festive period and all things good for the year ahead. Already shaping up to be another busy year.
A new year brings with it 365 opportunities to be happy, make mistakes, belly laugh, do something exciting, and tell people you love them. So make it count! It’s your best seller x