my old stomping ground…

We spent the past weekend in West Cumbria staying in our friends house in Gosforth.  The weather didn’t exactly play ball but we didn’t do too bad for mid-November either.  It was nice to get away and go somewhere so beautiful and familiar – and the house is really cosy and welcoming too.

We were going to walk on Saturday but the forecast looked better for Sunday so we opted for a (shorter) walk on the beach on Saturday morning and some ice cream before the rain came down.  That was followed by an afternoon nap/trip to the pub to watch football. (I did one of those and Paul did the other – I’m sure it won’t take you too long to figure out which one was which!)  We had a lovely meal on Saturday night at a restaurant called the Wild Olive – an Italian – just a short walk from the house.  I had a chorizo risotto which was really nice and a house salad which was a bit more special than the usual as well.  I would definitely recommend it and we would go there again.

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On Sunday we left at 7am for our planned walk over lots of mountain passes starting in Wasdale.  The total distance was expected to be 16 miles.  I’m not sure if I’m still recovering from my stomach bug of a couple of weeks ago or what but I didn’t feel like I had a lot of energy and after we got over the first pass we decided just to do 1 more (rather than 3).  When we finished we had done 8 miles but it felt like a very hard 8 miles to me… Stella didn’t seem to mind though – she looked like she was having the time of her life running through the fields and putting her ball down occasionally for a kick or a throw.  I felt like a guilty wimp having let Paul down and putting the long walk next weekend (for me) into jeopardy.  The jury is still out on whether I’ll do that or not… I could have done with a nice long walk to give me the confidence about the 22 miles.

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I’m getting settled into the new job and getting to know everyone, where everything is and how everything works.  3 weeks in and time to get some “real” work done now too!  It’s working out well so far and I’m glad I made the change.