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Wednesday, 18 December 2019

Supporting the local economy

Ice first thing this morning and had to scrape the car before I went to this:



Warm, quiet and all MINE πŸ€ͺ

Once home, Management and I took advantage of a couple of hours half-decent weather to pop into Keswick before high wind and rain returned.  We did not go with any agenda, but still succeeded in supporting the local economy.

Stripey Sheep, aside from gear shops probably my favourite store in the town.



The Orchid House.  I only dragged M. in just so I could have a few minutes revelling in the eye candy of this place.  The store displays are sublime and I succumbed - but all the ornaments were half price, it would have been silly not to!














No money changed hands, but lots of laughs and very useful conversation in Alpkit about wetsuits and all things outdoor swimmingy.  And some of the best stairs we've ever had the fun of running up and down.  And great signage too.











and there may have been a bit of a cheese-binge in Booths on the way back to the car . . .

With Christmas Day falling on a Wednesday this year all the traders are looking forward to things getting very busy this coming weekend with visitors arriving for the holidays early enough to do lots of "last minute shopping" before the 25th.







22 comments:

  1. Again, thank you for coming by and commenting in my blog. -smile-

    How super, to have the pool, all to yourself! An early Christmas Present!!!

    And you had fun, supporting the local economy. Always good to do this. We went down street last week, and had a good time.

    Wishing all local shops, a great weekend!!!!!

    And wow, you can run up and down those stairs! Wow! That is long, in my past. LOL

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  2. Dear Jayne
    Those are some fantastic looking shops. The Orchid House looks like somewhere I would lose quite a bit of time in. All in all, I think you were quite restrained! I hope the shops all do well this weekend.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Cheers Ellie, Orchid House is so attractive all year round . . . I try to keep out most of the time!

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  3. Just had a lovely time, going back through your posts, labeled Solstice. I was interested in the Winter one, of course.

    I don't still 'believe,' so all the usual Christmas stuff, is lost on me. It's fine for all who do 'believe.' To each their own. And to me, my own views. -smile- But I still love all the glitter, snow, trees, music, etc., etc.

    I love to pay attention to the Turning of The Wheel Of The Year. And of course, the Pagans really paid attention to these points on the 'Calendar'. One does not have to be Pagan, to note these Celebration Times.

    I like to notice Winter Solstice. Wish more people would post more, about how they celebrate it.... But face it, "Pretty Blog Land" is quite filled with those who do 'believe.' So not much mention of Yule.....

    Oppppps, that was rambling! -grin-

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    1. I don't think it matters what one believes Wisp, if having a belief is a comfort and grounding to you.

      The problems only start when people (men?) have to argue about whose "imaginary friend" is the better.

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  4. Ah, the delight of your day sparkles through your pics and prose. So glad you enjoyed yourselves and found your way home before the weather turned. Brilliant. Hugs. Kris

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    1. Thanks Kris. It was a nice little "out".

      Sorry for (email) radio silence . . . aiming for some computer time this afternoon 😜

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  5. Lovely morning outing & what a lot in that shop. Half price before Xmas? I think we saw the shop Alpkit while we were there. Stay warm & take care.

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    1. Beter sold before Christmas at a discount than have money tied up in stock next year?

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  6. I don't 'do' shopping so I'm afraid those shops would be lost on me no matter how nice there are. I do like those fancy stairs though, and the Christmas baubles are very pretty :-)

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    1. Hi Eunice, the building Alpkit occupies is quite old and the stairs are original. I could have looked at them for hours but had already established with the staff that I was fairly 'strange' and did not want to push it . . .

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  7. How lovely - glad you are back swimming (but in warmth and solitude - how wonderful) xxxx

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    1. Thanks Kate. The swimming is going so much better than I could have hoped/imagined. Maybe I will be able to keep Moss company next summer on one of her many 'dips'.

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  8. How wonderful to have the pool to yourself, and a warm one as well. I remember when the children were little we used to go to Penrith Pool from 3-4pm when only the learner pool was open and we were the only ones in it week after week after week. I guess most people with children would have been picking them up from school or nursery at that time so we always had it to ourselves.

    We are off to Keswick today, we have a session at the museum this afternoon, I too am going to pop into Alpkit to get something for my husband. I might just have to visit Orchid House too......

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    1. Hi Mum, I do hope you enjoy Orchid House. I did ask Ruth if it was OK for me to take photos to put on the blog, hoping perhaps I could send just one customer her way . . .

      How brilliant for you to have had Penrith pool to yourself - another great reason to school the way you do.

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  9. Sounds like you both had a good day out on the town.

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    1. We had a very pleasant outing, even though it was only a couple of hours :-)

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  10. I think a visit into Keswick is long overdue for us. X

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    1. Either get there quick or wait until after New Year - the way Christmas falls this year traders were telling us they expect the town to be packed for the next fortnight. For their sake, I hope so.

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  11. Oh it's a while since I've stopped off in Keswick. I love those stairs, never before have I had stair envy!!

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    1. Living in a bungalow, "stair envy" (love that description!) is not something I can aspire to. But I can dream :-)

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