After a couple of weeks of providing festive meals for all and sundry and now also suffering from cabin fever in a big way, I suggested that we go out for lunch today. It is a cold, wet and dismal day but everywhere was busy. Our little market town was bustling and Hawes, where we were heading (the home of Wensleydale cheese and the main town in Wensleydale) was heaving with visitors as it always is every day of the year apart from Christmas Day.
To The Pantry, kept by friends of ours, where the farmer had roast beef with all the trimmings and I had a similar (though smaller) portion of roast lamb and mint sauce. We were home again by half past one, just in time to greet my son and his wife who called because they too had cabin fever! So we have had a nice, quiet afternoon by the woodburner and it is now time to get a cup of tea and a piece of Christmas cake to finish off the day nicely.
This wet weather will probably bring the river up and over again. Although it was quite low, all the surrounding fields were heavily under water - so things are a long way from drying out.