It is time for another outing to Kirkby Lonsdale with friend W today, to meet our friends P and D.
And then to have lunch in Avanti, a lovely little Italian restaurant where they allow dogs, so that W can take her Jack Russell terrier, Sophie with her.
We enjoy every little bit of the day. The journey is lovely - over the top of the Pennines, past the Ribblehead Viaduct, down into Ingleton and then along the main road for five miles. The company is first class (I have know P since he was twenty one and he is now sixty five) and we never run out of things to chat about, and the journey home by another route, round by Sedbergh, makes for variation in the scenery.
There is a very pretty bridge over the River Lune on the edge of the village. It is a favourite spot for dare devils who like to jump off the bridge into the water below (depth can vary from two and a half metres to five metres during fairly normal conditions) and yet again a young man was badly injured on Sunday 'tombstoning'. There is a by-law prohibiting it, but nobody takes a lot of notice of that in spite of the £500 fine. In 2012 a young man died doing it and when others later on were told they just replied 'Yes, that's why we do it' - a rite of passage I suppose, but let's hope this young man recovers.
It is also a favourite spot for motor cyclists to gather on Sundays and there is a transport cafe which is very popular. Luckily the spot is right on the edge of the town and far away from any of the amenities, so the crowds don't interfere with the town itself.
Here is the bridge - 14th century and very pretty.