~ It was sunny! Every single day.
...AND to the seashore AND the fabulous second-hand bookshop that used to be a train station...AND the place with the really huge scones. Plus they kick soccer balls and play tag with your kids, and bond over shared musical tastes with your firstborn (that last is a theme that got repeated with several blog husbands, fabulously enough). They even thoughtfully furnish information that the tourist info office might have overlooked.
(Thank you, Papa Driftwood. You are the bee's knees.)
One day was not nearly enough, and I think our train ride "home" (while breathtaking, with its views of the Yorkshire Dales) was somber and quiet from grief as much as from weariness. Heaps of love to you, CL, and to the Mister and the lovely ladies. And special thanks to Mr. Coffee for providing those lovely coloring sheets for the littles (see what I mean about Blog Husbands being the BEST?).
~ Castlerigg and Keswick. We didn't see much of the Lake District this time, given our need to adjust gradually to driving, a new time zone, etc. But the ancient stone circle was amazing (Big Lad and I both got mystical "buzzy heads" there).
And it was in Keswick that Little Lad had his first of several Meaningful Dog Encounters.
As well as a meaningful goose encounter, apparently.
~ As I mentioned above, Little Lad turned out to be a Car Barfer, bless his soul. This was new to us (not so many wind-y roads around here, I guess), and we were mighty grateful to Tess for perhaps her greatest gift of all, a small plastic Emergency Container (it came in handy again on the curve-up-the-mountain drive to Northumberland).
That's the thing about blog friends. They aren't just friends; they are superheroes. See?
Back tomorrow with more pictures from Week One, and maybe another memory or two.