Week-end 19.06.18 - 20.06.18: Royal Wedding, Boating and the Oldest Pub in Lakeland
Haaaapppy Monday! I am not the most excited for it to be Monday today, I must say. As the week-end has been so fabulous! I guess that is a good sign but I will certainly need to plan some pick me ups today to get me through the Monday blues! How amazing was the Royal Wedding? Did any of y'all get up at the crack of dawn in the US to watch? What was your favourite part? I watched at my house with a couple of friends. It was a pretty impromptu thing, organised the night before and involved me running to Marks and Spencer at opening to throw anything attractive and wedding related into my basket and hoping for the best:
Harry looked adorable - didn't the looks on his face make your heart melt? I thought for a moment William looked more nervous than him! Did you see as well when the camera panned to Chelsey Davy? I thought she looked seriously NAFFED OFF - very much a 'oh Lordy, what have a done, that could have been me' face. We all felt sorry for Meghan's Mum - seemingly sat on her own. Loved Charles taking Meghan part way down the aisle. Thought she looked stunning in her dress but we had mixed feelings on the dress in general as quite austere - when I noticed it first before she got out of the car I was convinced my guess at Emilia Wickstead as the designer was right, but no, Givenchy! So Meghan was channelling a bit of Audrey Hepburn. We liked the slightly un-done hair. The Gospel Choir was a hit (even people in the village on my dog walk later commented on loving it). The preacher was interesting - I never in my life thought I'd hear a 'y'all' at a Royal Wedding - loved it! We were a little shell-shocked by his passionate sermon though - we did not expect that at all. Very different from what you would hear in an English church - we noticed a few embarrassed stifled giggles - but that is GOOD - it shook things up a bit!
Moving on to our Sunday - we went to Coniston. There aren't really any shops there, just pubs and cafes. The backdrop to the village is amazing - quite austere fells, but lush fields ambling down to Consiton Water.
It was cloudy but really quite warm, so the perfect day to walk to the water passed some lovely fields and streams:
We had lunch at the boating centre and Andy's was the star dish. I love simple, honest food - voila the 'posh fish finger buttie', with my beloved tartar sauce on the side. I am getting this next time (my falafel burger was delicious but this was yummo to the highest order):
How pretty is the gondola?
As the day went on Caspar relaxed a bit more..
It was nice to go inland a bit and try something new away from our usual haunts....
Every vista was incredible and the water was quiet.
Most of the time I relaxed at the back...
All round excellent fun!
On the way home we stopped by The Farmers Arms at Lowick (we have a million pubs called that where I live!). Dated from 1380 (yes, 1380) it was a coaching inn until the 1910s and only then did it get a licence to sell alcohol. I spoke to the licencee who was super lovely, and she also told me how in 1968, when the brewery bought the pub, they found a very dirty picture on the wall of what appeared to be a woman eating porridge. It had been ignored for many decades. It turned out to be a Gainsborough that was then sold for £1.6 million at Christie's!
The kind lady showed me the bar currently under renovation:
Linking up with Lindsay for Hello Monday: