This past weekend we celebrated our 4th anniversary with a long weekend in Keswick. We were both really looking forward to the trip as it has been a while since we were there and since we had been to Cumbria at all, in fact.
We arrived on Friday afternoon and after a couple of hours around the shops and a walk by the lake, we headed to the cottage. We found it in an enviable position perched on the hill overlooking Keswick with the mountains behind. That evening, we enjoyed sitting watching the weather role in over the hills from the big picture windows.
One of the disappointments of the weekend was the low cloud that didn’t seem to shift from the hills. This put us off our original walking plans which had included mostly high levels walks as we would have been walking in the clouds all day. Instead we walked around Derwentwater and up Walla Crag to the Castlerigg stone circle on Saturday and on Sunday we headed up Latrigg, along the flanks of Lonsdale Fell and Bleasdale Fell and back along the disused railway line.
Highlights of the weekend for me were:
1. Time together relaxing and remembering our very special day 4 years ago. Blah.
2. The view from the cottage.
3. Sunrise at Castlerigg. Although it was not the lovely, colourful sunset that I was hoping for, I still got an atmospheric picture of the stones and it was great to be at this popular place with one else was around.
4. The railway line. We walked from Trelkeld to Keswick on the disused railway line and enjoyed the level walking, tunnels, iron bridges and information about the railway along the way. We could access it from just down the road from the cottage too.
5. Dog friendliness. It was great to be somewhere as dog friendly as Keswick as Stella was allowed in almost all the shops and the pubs.
6. Meal at the Inn on the Lake on Sunday night. Surprisingly good selection of food, friendly staff and a nice atmosphere. Stella wasn’t so sure about the Giant Schnauzer though!
7. Watching Stella chase the ball in and out of Derwentwater.
8. Watching the movie “Captain Phillips”. That was really entertaining and we both enjoyed it.
9. Cumberland sausage.
10. Cake. Especially the gingerbread one.
After the drive back home on Monday and some deliberation, we decided to start to tackle this year’s Palm Hill project – the front garden! We spent the afternoon digging and shifting soil. A very productive but not necessarily romantic day – it was good to get going on that and start thinking about the work that we need to do.
Next year’s anniversary will be 5 years so I figure we’ll have to do something extra special. The traditional gift to give is wood so that should be interesting too… Time to start planning now?! 😉