My review of the year – July – September 2015

Halfway through the year already, time flies when you’re having fun. 


My birthday month, another year older. An overdue catch up with Dave’s oldest friend Jo and her family. We met at The Plough, Lupton for the pudding club. A lovely evening and we were all sugar giddy at the end.    

 The weather was so unseasonal but did manage a couple of local walks. Had a walk up Brantfell in Bowness. A great little hill with views over Windermere.    
Also visited Sizergh Castle, hadn’t been for about 20 years. But having renewed our National Trust membership thought would take advantage. Had a lovely visit and had forgotten how interesting it was.    


My friend Jan was up in the lakes camping so called up to the Langdales and had dinner with her. 

My birthday, another year older more grey eyebrows! On my birthday we met the winkleys for pre dinner drinks and had a lovely dinner at The Castle Green. Great because it’s a short walk from our house.    

Followed by afternoon tea the following day at Holbeck Ghyll.    

The weather was so unpredictable, when we had planned a fell walk the weather came in. But walked along the shore of Windernere from the ferry nab. It was a lovely unexpected walk and you don’t always have to go high to get great views.    


Our eldest niece Lois came to stay for a long weekend. She is a delight to have. A fell fix up Fleetwith Pike, beer festival and a walk around Kirkby Lonsdale with Jo and family. 


Lois on the summit



A gin catch up with Kate, time goes too quickly.  

Utter joy at discovering cheap premium gin at Wetherspoons!


Such a wet start to the month, which didn’t bode well for Kendal Calling! Plus I was not feeling strong mentally as my councilling was tough work. It was nice catching up with the crowd we go with but the combination of biblical rain and snoring from camping neighbours really got to me. Elbow were amazing.  I don’t think I’m a camping kinda girl.   

So overjoyed for a respite in the rain
I had decided to get my running mojo back on track, I needed a race to aim for. So I entered the Lancaster half marathon  in November. Enough time for me to get fit again. 


Jake was back from his travels, missed him so much. He had an amazing time.   

I had always wanted to visit the Edinburgh Fringe festival. So squeezed in a day trip to soak up the atmosphere. The Winkleys came with us after talking about it in the pub a couple of days before. I love Edinburgh and was great just wandering round. My friend Lisa and family came  through from Glasgow, so was added bonus.  

Thirsty work this sightseeing

 My friend Kate said when we met for drinks a few weeks ago, said I’ve never been for afternoon tea. As a doer said we need to rectify this. So off we went to Lindeth Fell in Bowness. A lovely afternoon, cakes, gin and prosecco.  

Then my sister Sam said “I saw your pics and can we go for afternoon tea”. So we did to Lindeth Howe in Bowness. I’m so glad my sister moved to the lakes. A lovely afternoon. I nearly did drop the cake stand when trying to take a picture.   


Finally got to meet Jakes new boyfriend. Kieron was lovely and though biased they make such a gorgeous couple. A bit of retail therapy in Manchester and playing the tourist whilst he was here for the weekend.   



A very busy month ahead. Starting off with the Grasmere Guzzler. A beer festival at Dale Lodge hotel. Friends Hayley and John who were up for the weekend came to join us.  Jake said Hayley is my selfie compatible. Her best side is opposite to mine and our hair colours compliment. Selfie friend for life.  



Selfie compatible

The next day was off to Solihull with Stu and Paula to the Bladder cancer ball. Paula is fighting bladder cancer so a cause close to our heart. We had a brilliant time and nice to get dressed up!    


We did quite a bit of travelling as only a couple of days later we were down to St Albans for Jake’s graduation. Such a lovely day and so incredibly proud of him getting a 1st.    

From St Albans straight to Liverpool to fly to Ibiza. I fell in love with Ibiza when I went for my 40th. Had a brilliant time. Made even better by meeting up with Jess and Sarah who were on the island too. Braved and went to ocean beach, I embraced glitter body paint. Lots of laughs. Ibiza is the one place I feel relaxed.    


Nothing beats an Ibiza sunset

Holidays pass too quickly. On my return, Scott from Brathay wanted to meet me to discuss being their poster girl for the new Brathay half marathon. I was completely humbled by that. So if you fancy a challenge for the new year get entered! 


So proud to be running as number 1
social butterfly time. Drinks with Jody and Kaz who were up for the weekend. 

Nice to be drinking in the sunshine

Before heading to Hawkshead to stay with Si and Liz. 

Family time before Jake headed back down south to start his career with BA. Afternoon tea at The Belsfield in Bowness. 

Ageing is rubbish and needed to be wearing my glasses more and more. So a trip to specsavers. I must say I quite like the spexy look.   

Friends Cath and Matt were up for the weekend. Would be rude not to meet for beers. The weather was amazing for them which makes a change!   

Good weather meant a long overdue fell fix. My friend Ria was well on the way to completing her wainwrights. So she had Fellbarrow to do and tagged in Low Fell. Was such a gorgeous day and nice to be back in the hills. Stu, Gary and Ray came along too. Of course had to go to the Kirkstile for our walkers reward. 


I went slightly high maintenance. I’ve never worn lots of make up. Quite frankly it scared me and I ended up feeling like I looked like a drag queen. Having had a makeover at Benefit and being completely in love with their products, thought would have a go at the online tutorial. It was so easy to follow, though doing it before I was going for a run probably not the best planning. But I was pleased with my first attempt at the smokey eyes look.   

Last social event of the month was Ruth’s 70th birthday. Dave has known her since he was a baby. She is such a lovely lady and certainly doesn’t look or act like a 70 year old! 


To be continued………

1 Comment

  1. Ruth says:

    Love your reviews Gina , so many happy photos and cake!! And lovely comments for me too Thank you. Happy 2016 to you both , see you soon – back to The Plough or Try The Highwayman – we love it.

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