Saturday, 30 October 2010

The New Term - 2

Well, we made it to Coniston on Tuesday where I introduced Tara and Rueben to the Black Bull rather than the Old Man. It seemed to me that a walk to the summit of The Old Man of Coniston in non-stop rain wouldn't endear my grandchildren to The Lake District.

Lunch at The Black Bull, Coniston

We meet the locals

Tara prepares desert while Rueben relaxes
Teenagers' bedroom Day 1

On Thursday morning we walked around Ulverston including Hoad Monument


Not quite the walking holiday that we had hoped for but we were agreed that it was an enjoyable way to spend half-term.

Disagreements with teenagers regarding what to wear in wet weather and what time to get up in the morning were easily settled. Compromise and truce do not work. The grandfather must accept unconditional surrender.


Alan Sloman said...

It sounds to me like a perfect start to hillwalking in Britain - a trip to the pub. They will be won over. Smart move Brian.

TrevorW­čÜ┤ said...

Hi Brian- Just found your blog!
Pleased to welcome you to the 'Community of the Retired' enjoy..!

Your observation regarding compromise and truce are spot on. Unconditional surrender IS the only way forward.

Mike Knipe said...

No need to tidy up before taking the pic by the way.....

There's more to life than up the Old Man in the rain, though....

J_on_tour said...

Yeah, in my experience, you have to treat walking beginners a bit gentle on the first few occasions. The important thing was that you got them orientated to the area.... err, is that the bedroom I'm referring to !!... & gently coaxed them into a mini hill for a viewpoint, great start I think given the circumstances.

Unknown said...

Thanks all for your comments.

The trip to the Lakes was one of several events to mark my retirement which culminated Saturday night at the opera - La Boheme at the ENO/Coliseum in London.

It's been a smashing fortnight with treats galore (an Osprey Stratos 24l Rucksack among them), all made better with the prospect of time a plenty before me.

Regards, Brian