Cockermouth Curry

The girls had planned to go to the theatre in Keswick on Friday, but the show was cancelled, so Anna arranged a gastronomic night out in Cockermouth at the newly opened Spice House Indian restaurant. Me (Laetitia), Anna, Sabiene, Nesta, Sally and Susan braved the torrential rain and had a fantastic time. As might be expected from a bunch of girls, we talked all night – climbing, caving, Doris the Donkey, horses, painted toe nails and massage, but never boys! The food was delicious and I’d like to go back, especially to try the appropriately named Chat! We eventually left, the rain has ceased and we were able to witness the female delights of a Friday night in Cockermouth, where skirts barely cover bums. Hmmm, now that would have interested the boys.

Sloe Gin!

Not the fattest Sloe berries, but it has been a very dry summer. Which I guess also accounts for the berries being so ripe at this time of year. We picked 8 lbs of berries, a bit more than we needed (to account for some bad or slightly green ones) to make 6 pints of Sloe Gin. I liked this part of the recipe we followed best – “you’ll need about half a bottle of gin, so drink the other half immediately”! Hic! Xmas should be tasty this year! Hic!

Kentmere Horseshoe

Thought I’d take a look at our local patch this afternoon and wander round the Kentmere Horseshoe. I decided to walk up the valley towards the reservoir this time and then catch the path up towards the Nan Bield Pass. It was a hot and still afternoon and fairly quiet along the top. I was intrigued by the digger along the path from Yoke building a new path. How did they get it up there? I’m not totally sure about it, but for now it at least means that the huge bogs can be avoided. Got back to the car in 4 hours, tired but happy.

PS. The picture is from a previous trip round the Horseshoe with Anna & Ian.