All posts by Gina

About Gina

Oxford Girl living in the North. Nearly a northerner as have lived in Kendal for over 25 years. Enjoys knife throwing, running, fell walking, snapping pics on my travels round the Lakes and being a domestic goddess. My Chocolate Brownies are legendary so I am told.

Fairfield horseshoe Good Friday 2012

Long weekend ahead and hoped the weather would be kind to us. Living in the lakes does afford you to become a fair weather walker! I detest going for a walk and not being rewarded with a view for my hard work. This was going to be one of those walks it turned out.
When we set off the weather was quite fair as you will see in the pics but it was short lived. Parked at Rydal mount and set off up the hill to start the walk. The first 2 miles were a slog up hill but you do gain height very quickly and with that get an amazing view. A undulating walk to the top and was where we decided to carry on to St Sundays Crag. By this time the cloud had descended and visibility was poor. It was only when we started the descent down the other side of the horseshoe that we came out of the cloud, but the rain came :(.
Having added on another 4 miles in doing St Sundays crag, I was feeling tired and my knees were in agony coming down. My patience was fading quickly and just wanted to be back at the car!! We soon had Ambleside in our sights and the rain had stopped! Climbing over the stiles was hard work after 14 miles walking!
As we got closer to the car started dreaming about beer and food….so decided that on the way home to call into The Watermill Inn to have walkers reward pint of Collie Wobbles. I had in my mind that I wanted pie and had yummy Beef and Ale pie and chips followed by bread and butter pudding. Just want was needed and think did excellent job of replacing calories burnt during the walk!
Home for hot shower and much needed snooze on the sofa!
Was good walk and would like to do again on a fine day to see the views that were shrouded in cloud. 🙂

Supper at the palace

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Very dear old friends Stu and Sharon were coming for supper. Time to try out a new recipe on them.
To start had the trusted slow roasted peppers with crusty bread for mopping up the juices.
For main was Seared Pork fillet coated in Dijon mustard and tarragon, on a bed of puy lentils and apple with a herb aioli and purple sprouting. With a side of sweet potato dauphinoise. Was a delicious combination and groaning tummies agreed! Recipe will be posted later.
For desert my famous triple chocolate brownies, berries and vanilla bean ice cream!

Birthday treat at Jerichos Windermere

Well it was Mr P’s birthday and it was off to Jerichos in Windermere for dinner. Chris and Jo who own the restaurant have been customers for years.
What was great is that we could get the train to Windermere so nobody had to drive.
The restaurant has such a chilled out feeling, contemporary but not pretentious.
To start we both chose the celeriac, chorizo and shitake mushroon risotto which was heavenly 😍
For mains, Mr P had fillet steak rare with all the trimmings and I plumped for Hake, on a bed of shrimps and scallops with buttered greens. It was sublime, was in food heaven.
Both were too full for pud so it was liqueur coffees and petit fours.
If you want a treat def would recommend here. 😊

Travelling coffee girl week of March 26th

Well summer had arrived in the lakes, pasty legs and Birkenstocks were out! What a week of unbelievable weather we had, the lakes were buzzing and tills ringing throughout the County.
This week had a busy week travelling round the lakes, Monday was a catch up day in the office but then on Tuesday was early start, Ullswater steamers for coffee training. First thing was still cold and shivering 3 degrees but it wasn’t long before it was a dizzy 24 degrees. Ullswater is possibly my favourite lake it’s a lot quieter than its counterparts and has more dramatic scenery. The guys at the steamers are so nice and wasn’t long before I had turned them into cappuccino gods/goddess’. It was then onto see the rest of my customers down the lake and a few in Penrith before heading back to the office.
Wednesday saw me heading to Far Sawrey first thing, machine installed at Tower Bank arms which would be heading down to their new venture at Wray Castle. Esthwaite water was looking calm with the sun shining down on it. Again so lucky living and working in such a beautiful area :). Quick drive over the hill to call in and see the nice people at Blue Bird cafe to check how their new machine was going. The new cafe is such a stunning building and the glass construction allows a perfect panoramic view of Coniston. I have still to go on the gondola on coniston, it is a piece of beautiful engineering and glides silently through the water.
Then last call was Holbeck Ghyll, come rain or shine it does have a spectacular view, new coffee blend tasting time. New coffee decided on then time to head back!
Thursday, weather was still good, this was a record! Today was heading down to Ulverston and Newby Bridge. Ulverston is a typical market town and today was market day which made parking a nightmare. Whilst I was here, met up with Steph who we have tweeted each other for awhile so was nice to put a face to a tweet. She and a group from Ulverston are doing Lands End to John O Groats for charity. Good luck with that!
Aaah Friday had arrived, weather not so good first thing :(. Quick trip down to Kirkby Lonsdale and then back to give a tour round Farrers for 2 fellow tweeters.

Grange Sunday 25th March

Having had a friend to stay and a heavy night at Hawkshead beer festival, after dropping said friend at station wanted to do something with the afternoon.
So drove to Grange for a walk along the prom!! We were the youngest by about 30 years!! Someone said you age a year every 20 mins you are in Grange!!
Had a nice walk along the prom to the cafe (one of my customers) to get an ice cream which he treated us to! Had English lakes blackcurrant nom nom.
Then more strolling to Hazelmere bakery for a pot of tea and one of their legendary vanilla slices! Did feel slightly food giddy after consumption but so worth it!

Langdale walk 11th March

Another gorgeous Sunday and were heading off for a walk with friends.
Did a low level walk from Elterwater along the valley bottom to just before new dungeon and then along through chapel stile back to Elterwater. I love mountains but this walk proved you can have a spectacular walk on lower ground. It was nice seeing the hills from a different prospective.
Our walk built up an appetite so it was back to Ben and Heather’s for homemade soup (choice of 3 no less) and sandwiches. I had contributed chocolate and Banaba cake, brownie and a new recipe of white chocolate and peanut butter cookies. Will post recipe shortly!
As we left it was such a lovely evening, decided to call into the Wateredge in Ambleside for a drink to watch the sunset.