Back from Cape Verde and straight to the Lake District!
The weather was decent, it was one rare day I wasn't busy working and we felt like a little roadtrip. Stephen had just recently bought a new (12-year old) car, we had planned before he bought it to christen it with a little roadtrip. Or a (half) day trip in our case.
After getting lost in Windermere for a while, a car strop and a stressful car park experience later, we arrived in Ambleside.
I remembered being here from my childhood, holidays and day trips to the Lakes were a regular occurrence. We would explore Beatrix Potters house, which, to this day, is still one of my Mum's favourite place. Ice creams on Windermere and wandering around Hawkes Head are turning into vague memories now. It holds a special place in my heart as to me the whole concept of 'The Lakes' holds a huge part of my childhood and family memories.
A picnic with a one-legged duck, an ambush of seagulls and an attempt to push Stephen in the Lake took up the first portion of the day. We then set off walking with no particular direction or aim in mind. We explored a little 'field' (?) for a while, then walked towards the tallest hill/small mountain we could find.
Upon embarking up said hill/small mountain, a couple of 60+'ers over took us rather too quickly. Clearly more stamina than us two. The hill/small mountain was quite the challenge. Having to pant my way up and take pause and take deep breaths wasn't great for my ego. The resulting view was worth it. Stephen felt the freedom and took the risk of having a toilet release amongst some newly made sheep friends.
Being able to sit on the hill/small mountain surrounded by greenery, silence and calm was complete bliss. Spending quiet time sat with Stephen, taking in the view and appreciating how lucky we were to be there, together, spending our day aimlessly wondering around such a gorgeous part of the country is something I will always appreciate.
Since we didn't do 'proper' exploring (climbing a hill/small mountain doesn't really count), we have plans to go back. Being outside, getting lost for a bit with no strict time plans is just precious to me and such a special way to spend time.