Saturday 6th December dawned bright and clear if a bit cold. Car was packed by about after 9.15am and tank filled shortly after and 2 bags of rubbish deposited in the skips at work, which is pretty close, and was on my way within reason 9.30. Changed my car last Saturday so this would be a good run to work out economy (or not!!) Really good run across the M62 on over the hill towards Manchester. Windy Hill and Little house on the Prairie very clear and dry!!! Off the M62 towards Preston and still very good going. Car computer was showing in the region of 38-40 mph which I can quite happily live with considering I was running the majority of the time between 80-90mph, apart from a few miles on the 62 under average 50mph. Never trust those average stretches so always stick to 50 albeit very frustrating.
Arrived ASDA Kendal around 1200 noon which is about normal. Quick run round the shop and get a few things in then off into Kendal to Wilkinsons Camera shop but they didn't have what is was looking for. So back to the car and wend my way up to Ambleside and was in the cottage by 2.00pm. By now it had started to rain a bit so everything was put away where it should be . Quick coffee and by 3.00pm it had cleared up a bit so a wander into the village for few things that had been forgotten in ASDA plus a quick look in the outdoor shops to see what bargains are going. Gaynors has an amazing offer which may well get taken up before the end of the week. Berghaus jacket, normal price £260 going for £155 so see how the week goes..... Back to the cottage with the few purchases and then off to the Rule around 4.30 for a few beers and a catch up with the staff and locals. This was followed by the customary fish and chips for tea, from the Smithy, which had been closed back in September. What a mistake .... it was absolutety Crap!!! Apparently has been taken over, prices increased slightly but quality is way down on the previous owner, who also owned the Walnut chippy 100 yards away!!! They have now reduced prices a bit and increased portion sizes ... so may have to visit them later in the week. The evening was spent catching up with a few things and watching the snooker. Already made plans to go down to Windermere to see the guy who used to own the cottage so an relatively early bed ensued around 1030.
Sunday morning arrived fairly bright but plenty of cloud about and a very light dusting of snow on top of the higher fells. No rush to get up as not meeting Andrew til 10.30-11.00am so a little lie in til 09.00 was indulged. Quick shower followed by toast for breakfast, made a change from the usual Weetabix!!! Set off about 10.30 for the 4 mile drive to Windermere.. Spent an hour or more catching up with what had been going on with Andrew and the family, than a short drive into Bowness but not a lot going on there. Seemed that short showers were to be the order of the day. Sleet and drizzle alternating every 15-20 minutes. Bowness was followed by a short trip upto Grasmere to get the Gingerbread that Mother had ordered. Thought it wise to get it in early. May only be a few short miles from Grasmere back to Ambleside but ran through several more showers of varying degrees. Parked up back at the cottage and pretty much stayed in all day apart from the usual wander to the Rule which was followed this time by a Chinese takeaway from the Lucky Dragon, at least they can be relied on!!! Have brought both laptops with me this time as there are a lot of kids DVDs in the cottage so am spending some time copying them for the grandkids, so that will keep me busy on an evening. Takes about an hour to copy and record so having 2 laptops does help. Means I can be on the newer one catching up with POE and other things. Weather forecast for Monday was very unsure no matter what site I looked at, so it was a case of watch the snooker final a bit of interneting and eventually getting tin the sack around 11.00. Monday's plan of action would be considered on Monday morning when I decide to get up and open the curtains.