Today was the day earmarked for Christmas Dinner at The Creamery in Hawes with friends P and D from Windermere.
Some years ago the cheese factory in Hawes in Upper Wensleydale threatened closure with the loss of quite a few jobs. Luckily the Management saw its potential and there was a buy out. Since then Hawes Creamery has gone from strength to strength and is known everywhere for the quality of its Wensleydale cheeses of various varieties.
There is now an efficient factory with tours each day, a shop, a cafe, a restaurant and all efficiently run.
The day started off well as we woke to find all the snow gone overnight and sunshine. But as we set out it began to rain. It is only half an hour to Hawes but it absolutely poured - the sort of rain which only falls in hilly areas - and by the time we reached The Creamery there was a huge amount of surface water on the road and the River Ure down in the valley was banking and threatening to overflow, which is does quite happily.
Lunch was delicious - we all had a glass of wine with it - we all had a pud (well, I had cheese and biscuits) and then coffee. By the time we left our fears were confirmed - the river was over and we had to come home by a circuitous route and at one point W had to negotiate quite deep flood water. Luckily she has a four wheel drive vehicle and there was a similar one coming the other way which gave us an idea of how deep the water was before we set off through it.
Home to find that friend S had taken Tess on a lovely long walk (on a bitterly cold day too) which meant that I didn't have to brave the weather again. Now all the blinds are drawn, the bungalow is warming up and we are settled in for the night. Wherever you are and whatever you are doing - keep warm and enjoy your evening.