3 in a bed i Grasmere…

25 October, 2009

This is the way to do it! Lord Elpus and I braved a closed M6 and bowled through the Trough of Bowland to finaly make the Lakes by late afternoon. We hooked up with the amazing Heather Rhodes to be treated with tea and cakes and a quick treatise in the biomechanics of the hominid.

You see, this is an educational blog this morning as I have hijacked Shirls blog. (now you wil see her readership tumble) Ooh, you probably need to know that its Alan who is writing this…

Anyway, Heather is half of the team behhind ‘Pacerpoles’ and we were dropping off essential suplies for Shirl who was having an incredibly tough day trying to buy a replacement lead for Piglet who had chewed through her old one in a last gasp desperate bid for freedom. It has to be said that when we did eventually catch up with Wiggly she was very happily ensconsed at the Royal Oak, having already having treated herself at the in at Skelwith Bridge.

She seemed to be in good spirits…

After supper at the Unicorn we eventually found our way to three in a room in Grasmere, where we are now enjoying breakfast before heading off into the hills…


Filthy morning…

24 October, 2009

…on Silver How. Having hot choc. P now actually wearing my smock but clearly unimpressed by this change to her accommodation. Hasn’t come up 4 air yet.

Still almost dark. V v glad I now have dedicated GPS AS JUST A BIT OF USE IN FOUL WEATHER QUICKLY DEMONSTRATED THAT THE SMART PHONE GPS would never have coped with the rain.live and learn etc.

Trousers wrong size but very lovely and warm.


Alice In Wonderland strikes Cumbria

23 October, 2009

Well finally I’m writing from my tent up in the hills. P is snuggled into her fleece suit lying on her down gilet and wrapped in my down smock. How come she always ends up with my down smock?

I’m going to tell u an impossible story now. I can’t believe it, anyway.

some of u may remember that I decided to order a paired Of expensive down trousers. The makers very kindly agreed to make them in time 4 my Lakes trip, which was v. Much appreciated. Unfortunately, when I collected them from the PO in Ambleside they’d accidentally sent me a size large rather than the medium I ordered.

I rang. It’s not easy to get through on the phone sometimes, but finally they rang me back. They apologised and arranged to send a M to my BB yesterday. The package arrived just as I was going out to dinner–I’d thought it mightn’t be coming as it was then 6pm–but I was delighted to get them.

After dinner I opened the package and the label said M. I was relieved. When I tried them on they seemed a bit big but I was dashing to bed by then, so this morning I packed them up and set off.

30 mins ago I unpacked them and put them on. This timed they really did seem big but I realised I had them on back to front and thought maybe it wa jus the bum That was large. As I wriggled out of them‚ though, the internal label caught my eye, and yes: you’ve guessed it. They’ve sent me another Large.

it’s hard 4 me to believe they could do this twice, accidentally. I’ll have to wear them as it’s cold and I brought my lighter sleeping bag because I knew I’d have the trousers. Naturally it’s Friday now, so I won’t be able to contact them until Monday. Unbelievable…
And then I’ll prolly listen to audiobook, as I had no room 4 a real one. Oh, and I need to check map re tomorrow.

I hope you’RE ALL having fun!
other than that it’s been a good day. I was relieved to learn that I can still carry a 15kg+ pack: I think the last time I carried so muc weight was prolly on the Pennine Way. It wasn’t too bad, though.

P got very wet, and shivered for some time after I’d settled her in the tent. I made her kibble up with warm water, though, and fed it to her by hand after she’d lapped up the juice‚ and that semed to make her feel better 🙂

I‛m going to make soup soon and eat a sandwich (coleslaw in white roll–yum!)

Re-suppky sorted

23 October, 2009

Two of the kindest people u could ever hope to meet–Heather and Alan who created PacerPioles–are going to look after them 4 me. Eternal thanks to them! ♥

Sitting in lovely Baldry’s tearoom in Grasmere now. Think it’s the only one that allows dogs. P was greeted with big cuddle.

Raining out but glad we’re almost on our way.

Large man just trod on P’s foot. She screamed. I hope she’s okay. Felt lije crying myself.

p.s. weighed pack at BB. 15.6kg with week’s food. Uh-oh…


23 October, 2009

I couldn’t face another dessicated veggie sausage today so I’m vaving bacon and egg. Good job Piglet’s upstairs!

Claggy morning

23 October, 2009

Pretty yukky out today.

Planning to pick up Joss Naylor route today but have to solve resupply depisit problem first.

Finfers crossed everybody, please, for a solution.

Tragedy!!! *sniffle*

22 October, 2009

Oh noes!

Much as it pains me to say it, I did think Steve deserved to win. He had a creative edge that M didn’t quite match.


I thought the sob story to gain audierce sympathy part was unnecessary and a bit tacky but I suppose it’s compulsory in TV these days.

Good luck to all 3 of them (but particularly to M heh… )