Be prepared for a very image heavy blog post. I will not apologise as the photos are far too beautiful not to share! Hahaa… I was going to talk about all the things we did on holiday, but instead, I’m mainly going to talk about the most important part! Getting ENGAGED… So i’m sorry for the lack of crochet content, but I didn’t just want to document this for all of you, but also for myself to read back when my feet touch the ground.
Two weeks ago, I went to the Lake District for a staycation with my other half. We rented a holiday cottage called ‘The Pavilion’ through Cumbrian Cottages in Clappersgate, which is just north of Ambleside – a town at the top of Lake Windermere. After food shopping, getting ready, traffic, and generally being unorganised, we didn’t arrive at our humble abode for the week until 3pm on Saturday the 26th August. After unloading the car, (and enough yarn to keep one busy for at least a month!) we went to Ambleside to have some dinner. We settled for Shelia’s Cottage, a lovely restaurant adorned with chess piece salt & pepper shakers, tartan cushions and mismatched wooden furniture. The service was excellent, and their home-made pasta was to die for.
We then set off for Lake Coniston to partake in a treasure hunt (similar to geocaching) that Katie had been going on about for weeks. After falling out with the Sat Nav (a compulsory argument every British tourist should have with an inanimate object when the opportunity arises) we eventually arrived to Dodgson Wood 10 minutes before sunset. I’ll attach the PDF map that Katie sent me here.
I spent a time searching the Jetty and surrounding rocks for a ‘treasure log’ before giving up and dangling my feet off the end of the Jetty – taking photographs and absorbing the picturesque landscape that was mapped across my horizon. Katie said stand up so we can take some photos together, and when I stood and turned around she was on one knee. Presenting the most perfect blue velvet ring box, containing the most beautiful engagement ring I could ever have imagined. She said that the treasure hunt wasn’t real and it was all just a ploy so that she could get me here and ask me to marry her. It turns out she had designed the PDF ‘treasure hunt’ all by herself and the accompanying poem, taking logos, phone numbers and boat timetables from across the internet. I honestly believed it was a real map! A minute after Katie popped the question, I couldn’t see a thing for crying and steamed up glasses! I was so happy and emotional, I don’t know whether I even said yes. I think I just stood there crying and vigorously nodding my head.
The mood for the holiday was set – the rest of the week was spent in ignorant bliss from the rest of the world. We walked up to the Stock Ghyll Force Waterfalls, and took a day trip to Keswick (where I bought 2 skeins of Stylecraft Head over Heels sock yarn in the colourway: Kilimanjaro) We also ate the most incredible Sushi at Wabisabi, a small Sushi restaurant, where the food is not only delicious, but also an experience! I also managed to publish a YouTube Podcast about packing crochet for holiday, and we took a boat trip to Windermere and Brockhole Activity Centre, where the scenery has provided me with a lot of inspiration.
I also got the chance to finish my pattern test for Blue Ammonite’s Cottage Garden Throw, and continued adding rounds to my Beautiful Shells blanket. See the free pattern by Lahoma Nally-Kaye on Ravelry here. It was especially nice crocheting in the sun at Brockhole on Windermere – watching dogs swim after sticks and families paddling in the lake.
As you can imagine, after such an incredible start to the holiday, and all the things to do in the Lake District, I didn’t get as much crochet done as I had panned. But I’m OK with that because we had such an amazing week. I definitely recommend a staycation to anyone who is looking for an alternative to an abroad holiday. The weather was unpredictable (as it is in the UK), but with the views and scenery that surrounded us, we really weren’t bothered.
The whole week was absolute bliss! There were so many things that we wanted to do but didn’t have time for, and we know for sure that we will definitely be returning. For now though, we have a wedding to plan! I am so happy and excited for what’s to come, and I am one extremely lucky girl who gets to marry her best friend.
Love Charlie, Xx