Cousins galore

I’m sitting in the most idyllic situation on a Camping and Caravan Club site at Ravenglass on the Cumbrian coast. It’s been a tough hilly day and that may be contributing to just how good the beer tastes. Pasta is boiling on the stove while I do a bit of catching up and Gill is doing her Pilates exercises in the tent. There is a constant chorus of song birds and crows providing audio backing while rabbits and lambs provide visual entertainment. It’s all a bit Watership Downish to be honest. The fact that the sun has shone all day may also be playing it’s part in my general feeling of well being. Just wait for the first blog at the end of a day of persistent rain and it may have a different flavour to it.

We’ve had a great start to the trip with fine weather and nothing to spoil the mood at all. As I cleaned my teeth on the morning after our first camp (well I was flossing actually) I was engaged in conversation by another camper. Within five minutes I had been given his name, address and phone number with a promise of whatever help we might need when we eventually get to South Wales. It was a bit awkward with me standing there holding a piece of half used floss but Mike’s attitude was typical of everybody we have met so far. There are lovely people out there folks, go and meet them at every opportunity.

Our second night was spent with my cousin Jane, her husband Peter (who cycled out to meet us) and their culinary genius of a daughter Emily who produced a fabulous three course dinner. Needless to say there was wine and beer too and heaps of warm and very fun filled conversation. We did it all again over breakfast (without the alcohol) and then it was off to visit another cousin, Margaret in Dalton. We soon knew that we were approaching the edge of the Lake district both from the spectacular views and the huffing and panting as we took in the first hills of what was to be quite a hard day for our unacustomed muscles. Yet another cousin, Veronica arrived and we had a lovely time drinking tea and being shown around the extensive garden by Margaret’s husband Dennis. I particularly liked the story Dennis told of my Uncle Teddy replacing the petrol engine on his cement mixer with an electric one from a washing machine. Now that is recycling.

We arrived in Ravenglass to great drama. Some poor chap has gone missing, presumed drowned and the entire emergency services of Cumbria seemed to have descended on this quiet little seaside village. There were even TV crews, all a surreal contrast to the peaceful haven of our nearby campsite.

For those who like these things we’ve covered about 140 miles so far. I say about, the cycle computer has packed up already so we will be calculating mileage from our maps until we get it sorted. Here are a few pics from the first three days

Silverdale

Siverdale

Cousin Jane

Cousin Jane

Millom

Millom

Morecambe boats

Morecambe boats

Chicken attack!

Chicken attack!

Idyllic camp at Ravenglass

Idyllic camp at Ravenglass

 

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9 thoughts on “Cousins galore

  1. Another great blog. One of our favourite sites. Really friendly with great showers. Gill. Tonight is the night to wash your hair 🙂 x

  2. Great stuff you two, had a time share up until a few years ago a few miles from Millom, our old Golden Retriever Harvey loved that beach and walk. Must work out when your down my way, got a nice comfy double bed your welcome to!!!

    • Hi Unc, thank you. We are on a loose schedule so don’t know exactly when we will be your way. Watch this space and we will contact you nearer the time. Xx

  3. Jealous now you have met all our cousins! Don’t want the bike ride but would love to catch up with Margaret, Elizabeth, Veronica, Jane and Helen! XXXX

  4. A great read thanks
    We love the lakes. Can I ask which tent that is and would you recommend it? We’re beginners to cycle touring having only just started this year and are looking for a tent.

    Cheers
    George

    • It’s a Hilleberg Nallo GT2 George. Expensive but proving very good so far. This it’s third outing. It does suffer badly with condensation though.

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