We should have known when we planned it that it was likely to be doomed. Our friends P and D, who live in Windermere and who know we don't care to drive over the top of the Pennines in mid Winter, had arranged to meet us at the Creamery in Hawes today for a lunch - we booked a table a few weeks ago and were really looking forward to it. But the weather had other ideas and early this morning P rang to say that they didn't like to risk the weather coming over by the Three Peaks. Looking on line did show snow in the area and it is high ground. So sadly we cancelled - doubly sadly as they revealed that today was their Anniversary and therefore a celebration. So - sorry we called off P and D - but HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!
It was a sensible precaution because we have had almost every kind of weather throughout the day - hail, snow, blizzards, periods of sunshine - but always very cold and windy. W and I, along with friend M, decided to eat in town - I had sausage, mash with onion gravy and crispy kale; M and W both had fish pie and crispy kale. If you have never had crispy kale do try it. Break or chop kale into florets, spray it with that oil you can buy in an aerosol if you wish to lose weight, toss it well so that it is well-covered with oil, spread it on a baking sheet and bake for a short time in a very hot oven until crisp. Watch it like a hawk because it soon burns. The result is delicious and even the most seasoned kale-hater will convert immediately. Maybe 5 minutes is adequate if the oven is very hot - but do watch it - it easily goes from lovely bright green to brown and burnt.
Now it is night time, the ground has a thin layer of snow which will certainly stay overnight, and it is very cold. Stay warm everyone.