Saturday, 13 March 2010

Spring in Windermere

We went to the Linthwaite House Hotel for dinner last night with some friends. We had a great night. The food was lovely. Great company. Lovely wine. I had Goosnargh duck confit with tiny little fruits and brioche, turbot and fennel cooked in orange, and rhubard with baked egg custard. Divine eh? We have some great hotels here in the Lakes,and lots of them are within a couple of miles of our house. It is very tempting! If you like pottering, eating and relaxing the lakes is a great place to come. Never mind hiking up hill and dale, let's hear it for those of us who just love the scenery and the coffee shops.

We have been happily very busy in our business which is coming along from strength to strength. Never complacent, we keep working away on it steadily building the reputation and the range of services. It is very exciting.

Teenager is now fifteen. His birthday was on Wednesday. He got lots of lovely cards and gifts, and hopes to go paintballing with his friends and dads in the summer as his celebration. He is doing really well all round- we are so proud of him. He is becoming ever more independent. Out with friends as I write, and off to the cinema. He would like picking up after the event. He still needs us! And like so many mums and dads we find ourselves as a bed and breakast, laundrette and taxi service. We love it really though. Great to see him blooming.

I now have my orthotics- tailor made inserts in my shoes. I collected them today. They are very light and comfortable. I wear them about half an hour a day and increase gradually. I hope they will make a big difference to my back. It is much better and the sports therapy and exercise programme seems to be working well. One thing I have found out- my back hates driving. I always feel it the next day. Will have to keep an eye on that one!

I have started gym sessions again. Yesterday saw number two session. I did bike, cross trainer, boxing, steps, light weights and some abdominal work. It all sounds impressive doesn't it, but it was at the most basic level, and very slow paced. I am soooooooooooooooooooooooooo unfit. It will take a lot of time to build my core strength up again- once I do that- my back will get better and better I hope.

I hope you like my daffodil picture. It is from last year. They aren't quite here yet, but I am optimistic. The weather during the last week has been fabulous.


Snowdrop said...

Your blog is amazing and ordinary and interesting all in one go. Perhaps you get inspiration from the amazing place in which you live.

I have been directed to you from a very good friend. When I told her what I was trying to do, she suggested I should come and look at your blog.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a lovely meal.

Keep with your exercise program - and always listen to your body, it will soon tell you if you are overdoing it. Persistance is the key, little and often, and you will soon feel the benefits. Keep at it :-)

Stunning scenery, coffee shops and of course CAKE! Sounds like eutopia :-)

karen gerstenberger said...

Happy Birthday to your teenager! It's amazing to think that he and Katie would be the same age. I love to hear how well he is doing.
Your business sounds exciting and stimulating...I'm very glad about that.
Your date night sounds heavenly. I would LOVE to go back to the Lake District, hike all day and eat wonderful pub food (& drink) at night. It's on my list of things to do "after we retire..." Are you making any more plans for returning to WA?
I think your back will iimprove a great deal with the abdominal work. Has your phys. therapist ever suggested Pilates? I love that workout. I have DVDs, and when I can get myself to take the time to do it, it's super effective and relaxing, too.

Gill - That British Woman said...

I was going to say I can't believe the daffies are all out........I can't even see mine poking through the soil yet, mind you I'm in Canada, what would you expect!!

Gill in Canada

Gail said...

I love seeing the first snowdrops. Things are starting to peek out of the soil here now.
What a busy time you are having!

Don't suppose you have a job for a redundant college lecturer do you? Things are looking very iffy over here!

Keep at the excercise - says she who doesnt do anything other than walk the dogs!

tmmb said...

I love the daffodils! The white ones are my favorites, too. My mom found some here and now it's just like being back in the lakes. Almost. :)