Sunday, 19 August 2012
Yesterday was the nineteenth anniversary of our wedding day and - by tradition - the farmer always takes me out for the day (to say thank-you for looking after him ((not sure what I do to say thank you to him!!))
We usually go North into the wild country or East towards the east coast. But for a complete change we decided to go West - not into the Lakes, which is quite near but which we visit fairly often but on to Morecambe Bay.
We intended to have lunch in the super Art Deco Midland Hotel in Morecambe, which has been completely renovated. But as we climbed to the top of the Pennines we climbed into cloud and rain and had to make a decision what to do. Finally we decided to stop off and eat in my favourite Italian restaurant in Kirkby Lonsdale and then make a decision after lunch. The lunch was delicious, as always and as it was a special day we allowed ourselves Eton Mess as well as a chicken dish with risotto to start with.
By the time we came out of Avanti the sun was shining so off we went to Morecambe Bay. We haven't been to Morecambe before and we parked up at the posh end (why do all these seaside places have a posh end and a 'kiss-me-quick' end?) There was hardly anyone about in spite of it being mid-season. The tide was in and we walked along the Promenade with Tess for about a mile, then back to the car and a drive to look at the hotel. We would have gone in for a look, but the car park was full.
Coming back we called in the splendid Country Harvest shop for a cup of tea (mainly to wake me up as I had had a poor night the previous night and was beginning to droop by this time) and then by the time we reached the Ribblehead Viaduct we were able to call in and have a quick look at the Nature Reserve by Ingleton station on the Settle - Carlisle railway and the viaduct. It was only a quick look as it was five o'clock by this time and various animals were waiting but we saw enough to make us want to return. There are excavations of a Viking longhouse and a farmstead up on the top of the old quarry, so we shall go back to have a look at those soon.
The rain had completely disappeared on the tops and the skies were beautiful.
We always enjoy out anniversary day out - it has become quite a tradition. Today I am going out with a friend and David is walking - more about that tomorrow.