Friday, 22 July 2016

Day tripper

Thank you so much for the supportive and wonderful comments on yesterday's post, it is always such a delight to receive and read comments.  Does it make me sad and needy that I wish there were more?   (Yes, I am looking at a certain Mr Baker who is absolutely wrong when he thinks he has nothing to say/add/contribute!!)   It was so encouraging and heartening to read how well others understand the fatigue of chronic pain and sleep deprivation, although unfortunately that insight has probably come from your own personal experiences.


The original plan for today was to visit Kendal but I did not sleep well enough last night, so Plan B was initialised which involved a trip down the newly repaired A591.  After a brief stop outside Keswick (checking out a potential caravan site which turned out to be rather nice) I had a quiet and easy drive down to Ambleside.  It is a place which holds many happy memories of holidays and days out but my, how it has changed over the years.  Everyone who lives in or adjacent to the Lake District recognises that tourism is absolutely vital to the economy but it doesn't always make things better.  The town felt tired, and even though it wasn't too busy there was a feeling of traders bracing themselves for the school holiday influx which starts tomorrow.  A couple I chatted to actually said as much, recognising that the visitors who descend upon the area and have caused it to change so much are both a blessing and a curse.



Over 20 years ago Management and I nearly bought a tiny cottage in Ambleside but I chickened out - we couldn't really afford it at the time and I was nervous about owning property hundreds of miles from where we lived.  With the benefit of hindsight it would have been a hell of an investment but I'm not sorry that we did not go through with the idea, it is not a place I'd want to live these days.



To Management's surprise I didn't bring anything home from the gear shops (I think I only went into one) and my shopping for the whole day amounted to this fabulous lamp.  I have wanted a salt lamp for ages but wasn't prepared to pay what someone in Cockermouth was asking.  This little beauty came with three tea light holders for less than the price of a pub lunch, happy day indeed.  I haven't been in the Rock Shop for ages - next time I might not be able to resist the temptation of another piece of amethyst.





I had a pleasant bimble up to Stockghyll.  M. and I stayed here a couple of times - on one occasion in the apartment right next to the man-made fall.  Back then there were stepping stones above the concrete edge and every morning I crossed the river and went and raided The Apple Pie Bakery for the day's goodies.  (is that apostrophe in the right place?)









There are some lovely natural falls higher up but there were too many people around so I didn't go all the way to the top.



I pottered around the back streets, lovely aimless wandering feeling half like one of those 'tourists', but not really because I wasn't in the main street or shops.











Why can't all public buildings be this beautiful?





And then a quick visit to Hayes Garden Centre just for the sake of it.  I remember 25 years ago when all they sold was plants, now it is a 'destination' with masses of very pretty lifestyle unnecessaries.







Talking of unnecessaries - I wonder whereabouts at Bag End I could tuck this sauna?  It was forlornly on sale with a poster which said "offers invited".





and then home to Management and Daisy.







18 comments:

  1. Nice one on the rock crystal lamp - it will give off lovely vibes. It does seem that most plant nurseries now have become lifestyle garden centres with the token very expensive plants. There are still the specialist nurseries out there and they are a delight once you find them, just got to find them first!

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    1. The lamp is on my desk, next to the PC, I am sure it will help the energy in this room. My only regret is that I did not get a second. Oh dear, an {{excuse}} reason to go on another day out!

      You are right about the expensive plants - some of the price tags yesterday made my eyes water.

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  2. The way of all garden centres appears to be to turn into gift shops and yes the apostrophe is in the right place,

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    1. Thank you for the grammar check Sue, and please don't hesitate to let me know if I get it wrong anywhere else. My brain fog these days is such that I can look at something, know it is wrong, but not know how to put it right.

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  3. I have what looks like the exact twin salt light 😀 It sits on my dining room sideboard and is constantly on. If either of us get up in the night it's comforting glow sheds enough light to allow us to see where we're going without having to switch on a bright(er) lamp

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    1. Do you pat your lamp fondly on the 'head' as you go past? Mine has been next to me for just a few hours and I find myself saying 'hello' to it as I sit down! You are right, they emit a lovely light, I deliberately chose the most pink/orange one I could see.

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    2. Lol - no, I think I'm weird 'cos I stroke my lamp when I pass / go near it 😂

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  4. That sounds like my kind of day, with wandering back streets and delightful buildings. Some of them are quite impressive. I don't think I've ever seen a salt lamp. Interesting! Garden centres are great for plants & maybe a coffee shop, but the silly "stuff", you can usually pick up in other places, especially junk shops for odd bits for the garden. Have a lovely weekend, take it easy & huggles.

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    1. If you're a good girl I will take you to Ambleside for a visit {{chuckle}}.

      Google for "salt lamp australia" and you will find hundreds of sites.

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  5. very intrigued by your salt lamp x looks lovely x

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    1. Cheers Tess, they are widely available but widely priced too. The health shop in Cockermouth asks nearly three times the price charged in Ambleside . . . and I trust The Rock Shop to be selling genuine stuff, not ordinary salt which has been dyed.

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  6. I like the photo of the cottage(s) - is it just one or a row of two or three? - and the wall of flowers is beautiful.

    It does seem to be the way most garden centres go these days - there are two big ones local to me which sell pets and all sorts of (expensive) stuff un-garden related, however they do have some fabulous Christmas displays on towards the end of the year and it's worth going just to walk through that area and see all the trees lit up, with each section decorated in a different colour.

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    1. Well spotted, it is three small cottages. I thought the flower wall was gorgeous and it has been there a while, certainly longer than the current fad for vertical gardening.

      I agree with you about Christmas, the garden centres do tend to have lovely displays. But should I tell you that yesterday, Hayes ALREADY had Christmas cards on display? I was tempted to photograph them but they were right near the till and I didn't want to get told off :)

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  7. You could put the sauna on the big deck ...

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    1. Thank you dearest :-). I had in mind the back section of your 'observatory' area - far more private!

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  8. What a lovely day out ,,, I have never seen a salt lamp so learned something new. Sounds like you love it already. I have a few plants here from Hayes ,,, agree with the eye-watering prices on some things though! Get the sauna ,,, just what you need for your shoulder ,,, medicinal and therefore completely necessary!! Which caravan site did you check out BTW? So pleased you didn't photograph anything to do with the C word ,,, not in July!!!

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  9. Morning Jill, thanks for your lovely comment. Sauna is not really on the shopping list!

    I went and had a look at Dalebottom. Much bigger than Kiln Hill Barn and most pitches need levelling chocks but the location is superb (under High Rigg) and the owners were very friendly.

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