Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Kielder Water Walk

Rob, Brock and I went for a walk by Kielder Water today. We started out from the Tower Knowe carpark. One annoyance is that you either pay £1.50 for an hour, or £4.50 for the day. We would have liked a couple of hours, but £4.50 seems extortionate to pay for that long, so we settled for an hour.

Anyway, we did a shortish walk along to the peninsula and onto the beach.

The weather was stunning: warm enough for us to sit outside and enjoy a coffee and cake at the café next to the visitor centre and car park (shown below). (It had been heavy fog when we left the house, and it still was when we returned!)

The café that we had hoped to visit for lunch at Falstone turns out to be closed Tuesday and Wednesday at this time of year - a fact they had not bothered to mention on their website - Grrr!

Instead we headed back to Newcastleton and had lunch at The Grapes Hotel. We both had the vegetable curry and rice (Rob had chips/rice). It consisted of carrots, broccoli and cauliflower in a tasty, mildly spiced, coconut sauce. It was well-cooked and we both enjoyed it. The staff were all very friendly and welcomed Brock in as well (and gave him a dog biscuit). The only downside is that it was rather pricey at £13.50 per portion.

Brockie Boy enjoying the walk.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Keswick Walk and Lunch at Treeby's Restaurant

We had a day out on Friday to celebrate Rob's birthday (a day early!). We did a four mile (two hour) walk near Keswick. It is walk number 3 in Countryside Dog Walks: Lake District - North (ISBN 9780957372238).
 The first part of the walk takes you along the shore of Derwentwater, with some great views of the mountains.

The second stage of the walk includes quite an uphill trek through woodland. You get some lovely views of the lake from the top of the hill.

We had lunch afterwards at a new place for us: Treeby's Gallery Cafe

Rob had a cheese and tomato omelette with fries; I had the mozzarella salad shown above (Rob has swapped some of the olives for a piece of his omelette!). The food was pretty good (the only minor irritations were that I had to pick over the rocket and remove a couple of brown/mouldy pieces, and that I was unable to have the bread with the salad because they don't stock gluten free). We also had a cup of coffee each, which was a fairly small cup, and standard in taste. The service was reasonably fast and friendly, even though it was very busy. We had to sit at a small high table on high stools. Although we didn't indulge, the cakes looked fabulous. I would recommend it as long as you don't need gluten free food. The bill came to £19.

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Ennerdale Water, The Lake District

Rob, Brock and I went to Ennerdale Water in the Lake District today. There is a path right around it, and we walked for about an hour, starting in an anti-clockwise direction from the carpark.

We had lunch in Cockermouth afterwards, in The Lanes Cafe. An enjoyable jacket potato with cheese, beans and side salad with peppermint tea to drink, for me; scrambled eggs, toast and chips with coffee for Rob, and two takeaway cakes, came to a very reasonable £15. On the downside, the staff were not particularly friendly and they forgot one item that we had ordered. On the whole, since it is dog-friendly, I would go back if we had Brock with us.

Friday, October 02, 2015

Victorian Terracotta Wall Pockets - Bearded Men

These wonderful, characterful Victorian terracotta wall pockets would look perfect on a conservatory wall, or perhaps outside on a sheltered patio. They could be used for small plants or left empty.

I love the patina of age on these pieces, and the interesting faces depicted.

To see the listing in my Etsy shop, Fire Horse Vintage, please click here.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

A Day Out in Morecambe

Rob, Brock and I went for a day out for my birthday yesterday, to Morecambe.

On the journey down, we started off with coffee and cake in the UpFront Gallery near Unthank, Cumbria (a bit of a detour, but worth it!). They always serve excellent coffee, lots of vegetarian choices and even gluten free options.

As you can see from the photo, we were among the first to arrive, but it can get quite busy at times.

When we arrived in Morecambe, we headed straight for the dog-friendly pub that I had picked out for lunch, but sadly it wasn't serving food. A very friendly and helpful man cycled ahead of us and took us to a carpark handy for the centre and other restaurants.

We headed down to the sea front to my second choice of dog-friendly establishment: Rita's Cafe. It was a very traditional, no frills place, and all the better for it. The food was very good, with fast and efficient service and incredibly reasonable prices. We both had jacket potatoes with cheese and beans and two large mugs of instant coffee for under £8!

We walked right along the promenade, sadly dogs are not allowed on the beach until October :o( but Brock enjoyed meeting and greeting plenty of other dogs along the way, while we chatted with their owners.

It is a traditional seaside town with arcades, rock, ice cream and souvenir shops, etc.
There are some interesting buildings to see, such as the wonderful Art Deco Midland Hotel (shown bottom right in the photo collage, and in both the bottom photos in the second collage.) There are also some run down areas, which are just as interesting to me. The town centre has a range of independent shops as well as a few chain stores, sadly many vacant shops, too. There are quite a number of second hand shops, so I had an enjoyable time browsing in them :o)

The sea front area is immaculately kept, with formal gardens, sculptures, and no litter to be seen.

One photo I didn't take was of the Eric Morecambe statue, although we did see it from a distance. There are also markets to browse, so I am sure we will be back when the weather is cooler, and we can leave Brock in the car for an hour or so! Lunch or afternoon tea at the Midland Hotel would also be nice.


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