Saturday, September 17, 2016

Thursday 15th September - Dufton to Keswick

We have had such a wonderful day - full of exciting things.

But before that, a delicious breakfast was served - lovely fruits, yogurt and selections of cereals. Followed by Gordon's specialty of scrambled eggs with salmon - another delicious.

We called in to meet Sue & Graham at their art studio - both of them blippers (although Graham not so now) - was wonderful to meet them and see their incredible photography displayed.  A purchase of some cards which I may put on the wall :) 

Then  the Lanercost Priory for a coffee and a wander, wonderfully warm and able to sit outside.
We set off to view and maybe walk a little of Hadrian's Wall - travelling through the Pennine Hills.  A hazy day, but that didn't matter at all.  We walked through some fields (paddocks), down and there is always an up!!  It was very hot and muggy......struggled at times, but we took it easy.  The wall we saw and stood on and meandered through and over remains of a Roman settlement. Incredible to try and imagine their life with so many hardships. The wall itself was so sturdy, wide with incredible stonework.  No wonder it has lasted the centuries.  We treated ourselves to an ice cream, a much needed reviver!

Paula and Gordon drove us back through a scenic route, again the haze was about, but we still saw the closer landscapes.  Up to the top of the Pennines and we could only imagine the spectacular views.

We were dropped back to the Art Studio we had visited earlier in the day to collect our car.  Our grateful thanks to Paula and Gordon who had given up their day to show us this part of their patch,  said our farewells then we drove off into the sunset and Keswick & Derewentwater. The light was amazing as we drove west and I managed a few photos at the lake before finding our Cumbria House BnB.  And what a welcome we got there too. 

We skipped dinner, had a cup of tea and a biscuit.

A walk around Paula's garden - their hydrangea flowerettes are huge

I couldn't resist this beautiful pooch

The heating system (we thought)

Beautiful Derewentwater

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