Our first month in Broughton House has flown by and we’ve had a wonderful time looking after the animals and enjoying the walking all over the Lake District. Having Puffin, the border collie, to walk and play with is a joy. How I’ve missed having a dog around! Her endless games and antics make us laugh every day and we can now eat whatever we like as we’ve lost weight with all the walking.
We have had several visitors already, including Adrian and Clare of ‘Flying Low’ who we met in the BVIs in 2012 and Lynne of ‘Amarula’ who we last saw in Bonaire in 2015. Freda and John stayed for a few nights and we all enjoyed walking Puffin at Wray Castle on the western edge of Windermere. My Lucent Technologies colleague, Mike Willis, was also in the area with his brother-in-law and kindly took Rob and I out for lunch in Cartmel. Our daughter and son-in-law popped in on their way home from Edinburgh and are looking forward to being here again for Christmas.
We have continued to socialise with the neighbours, having dinner twice and attending the monthly gathering in the Parish Rooms. Next up is their Christmas meal following the Carol service in our picturesque local church. We’ve been to several towns in the area, found out where to buy our Christmas tree and happily settled in. For our daily walks with Puffin, we decided to invest in some thermal trousers as the wind can be bitter. I also got some tough walking boots and thick socks. Might buy hand warmers next!
Last night we took Puffin to watch the Cartmel Christmas lights being switched on and kept warm with mulled wine and mince pies. The village looks very pretty and miraculously the lights all went on at the flick of the switch. I have always loved this time of year and get totally overexcited. The Advent candle is lit, the first window of the Advent calendar is open and we will decorate the house this weekend. We can use holly and ivy from the garden and with 3 mantlepieces, we are going to need plenty of decorations. A 10 foot tree is going in the lounge and we can’t believe how lucky we are to be spending Christmas with our family in this beautiful house.
Things have moved on with Beyzano following her survey and sea trial and she should have new owners by Christmas once the MCA have de-flagged her from the British Ship’s Register. We also found our new home and should have our narrowboat by New Year as the survey is booked for December 18th. I don’t want to jinx it all before everything is totally complete though so I’ll post again later this month.