West Cumbria feels like its in the middle of nowhere, you have to navigate round the whole of the Lake District to get there on small roads and often behind several tractors or (shudders) caravans. When you are there though it’s worth the hour and a half journey from our house to get there!
We headed to the beach first for a picnic. The first picnic of the year… The lovely warm spring sun was just what we needed. We were at the beach accessed near Ravenglass. It’s normally totally windswept here and the thought of sitting and eating is often far away. Not today, just check it out:
After a hearty packet of crisps and cheese sandwich the boys went off to play in the sand and making dams with the stream. I drank a cuppa tea from the flask and hunted for more food… I really do need to explain the concept of cake and pork pies in a picnic to Dave or just make it myself next time.
Within 5 minutes of the boys playing Dave had rescued The Robot from getting soaked shoes at least twice so I shouted across to him to take his shoes of and roll his trousers up. This was the best fun. He splashes about and got completely soaked (and freezing) for ages. I joined them collecting stones for a story stone craft project I have planned. Dave loves dam building!!
After the Robot soaking we headed back to the car to towel dry and put warm clothes on. The plan was to walk along the coast a bit to Ravenglass but 2 big rivers to cross meant a change in plan. So while the Robot pretended to drive the car, we drank tea and came up with our new plan…
We drove inland to visit England’s deepest lake Wastwater on the edge of the Lake District. At the foot of Scarfell Pike its unbelievabley pretty especially with snow-capped hills.
We thought about going for a bit of a walk but both feeling a little lethargic from the drive we decided to hang out on the shore line with the football for a bit.
The Robots earlier soaking didn’t deter him from getting wet again. He’s got really good at saying 1, 2, 3, go lately or at least knowing what it means as he did this by the shore a few times and started running towards the lake. It was inevitable, we stripped off his shoes and trousers so he could paddle. He requested his jumper and t-shirt off too. All Dave’s doing so when the Robot launched naked bar nappy at the Lake it was Dave that followed in his socks and shoes!
I ran up to the car to get a towel and nappies, which I thankfully did as his was butt naked when I got back 3 minutes later. Icy cold the Robot came on shore for a cuddle in the towel with me without any complaints:
We sat there for a bit throwing stones in the lake to make big splashes. Thankfully it wasn’t windy and the sun was shining warm, so he warmed up quickly. The Robot then stood up and toddled over to his Daddy and asked for a kiss. So cute! Even a cuddly picture;
After 2 more splashes in the Lake we managed to get the Robot dry and clothed again. A short snack at the car we headed off in search of sustenance in the form of a quick drink in one of the many pubs on the way home.
All in all it was a beautiful day and will hold loads of new year memories for us. A beautiful non-touristy part of the world.