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Published: August 28th 2017
Just increased my blog readership by 2, so that increases my audience by 50%. Sorry Vlad the maths is correct (and that's counting my mum who doesn't even have a computer, lap top or tablet)! Sad story but true. The 2 are two delightful ex Moscovites (are you ever an ex Moscovites or do you always remain a Moscovites?) who now live in London. We met them in Great Hucklow which did turn out to be pretty great. They stayed at the same pub and made the mistake of laughing at my jokes and listening to my stories and then the almost fatal error of offering to share a pint or two! There were terrific (anyone who laughs at my jokes has a well developed sense of humour!) and were indeed excellent company over evening meal and then breakfast the next morning. They headed south to London, us north to Windermere but I'm sure this and a few other messages will reach them. All the best guys.
The Peak District lived up to our opinion of it. We liked it before and we like it now. The walks are terrific, the countryside almost idyllic and the locals quite delightful. The
English regard as very much the poor cousin to the Lake District but not so to us. Delightful sunny weather may have helped the comparison, especially as it's lightly drizzling now, but we both thoroughly enjoyed our time there.
The drive here was extended by holiday traffic and us taking quite a circuitous route. Partly because like the Peak District, partly to at least view the lake where the 'dambusters' tested their 'bouncing bombs' (if you have to ask it is all too obvious that you are a different generation) and partly because we do what we can to stay off the motorways. After walking to view Windermere and the Lake from above we drove down to Bowness which must mean something like 'at the waters edge' or similar as there are Bownesses everywhere but always near the water. We couldn't stop as the place was so busy, despite it being nearly 5 o'clock and us assuming that the holiday crowd would have left to go home. We managed a great 'hot chocolate', very European in style and with our much beloved cheese and bisc we convinced ourselves that was lunch.
Walked to the local for the cent
g meal, a pub that was awarded 'best own ale' for 2017. It had a really comprehensive array of beers on tap. The beers were classed by style (larger, wheat, IPA ...), by colour (light, Amber, dark ...) and by taste (hoppy, bitter, malty ...) and the bar staff were surprisingly knowledgeable and helpful which meant choosing wasn't as tough as I thought. Good system and good beers. They had a 'Collie Wobbles' brew but it was described as a bitter after taste so I settle on the 'Ruff Night'. Many of the brews had a dog name or dog theme. The pub was surprisingly good and we will probably find ourselves back there tomorrow, me to try the steak and ale pie.
Our Airbnb again is really nice, very attractive room in a house with 3 labradoodles and 2 cats but no breakfast. After what we have been used to that will be tough to take.
Again I walk tomorrow. I'm heading off around two of the lakes here and to Grassmere. I walked to Grassmere When I did the Coast to Coast but not around these lakes. Even if the weather is not good the walk
is so again I'm looking forward to it. Then it's off to Beatrix Potter and the Peter Rabbit Exhibition.
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