Merry Christmas from the Rudland family

Pensioners with allotments are mentally healthier

November 28th, 2010

An article in the Daily Mail reported on new medical research which showed that pensioners with allotments were physically and mentally healthier than those without.

Results showed that those who spent time outdoors, exercising and having something to focus on coped better with the physical and mental effects of aging.

Those with allotments were found to do the equivalent of an extra day of physical activity a week over the summer.

How much more benefit does looking after a whole garden afford?

Autumn Caravan

October 21st, 2010

Wednesday, 6 October we hitched up the caravan and headed south. Not very far mind you, just to a CL near Cockermouth. this was chosen as it ws within easy reach of the North-western Lake District. A wee bit faffing about with roadworks at the approach, but we made it and got settled in.

Thursday. The weather was superb ( and continued like that for all of our stay ) so with a picnic lunch prepared we set off for one of the nearer lakes, Buttermere. Because of the fine weather, the place was busier than might have been expected, however we got a parking place and started off along the lakeside path. With our usual luck we found a great place for our lunch. Suitably refreshed the next thing was to complete the circuit of the water. The last stretch was in the shade of a lovely wood. So back to the car and “home”.

We had now got a neighbour with a motorhome but the rest of the space was free. One of the attractions at this site was an artificial stretch of water stocked with coarse fish and, each day there were always a few fishermen dangling their lines hopefully.

Friday we decided to go shorewards, first visiting the river area of Cockermouth to see the progress made in restoring the damage caused by the floods earlier in the year. From there we set off towards Maryport passing Workington and then to Whitehaven. St Bees Head was the next target, as this is the farthest we can see from our side of the Solway. From there we made our way back inland to our little caravan.

In the evening we took ourselves down to the town for an evening meal at a restaurant we had sussed out earlier. End of day three.

The weather continuing fine our next walk was the biggie. Down to Ennerdale Water, parked the car and set off on the sunny side. As we often do we found a great picnic spot on the beach. Packing up we wondered if we could manage the complete circuit - of course we could almost eight miles of it. The western shore of the lake was much more uneven than we had had up till now, but it was no real problem, including a bit of a scramble round a scree slope. Again back to the car and so home.

Sunday, we picked out Loweswater as our target. The first two carparks we came to were full so we carried on to the south end where there was a lovely parking place ( not marked on the map ) The walk was no problem and made a fitting end to our expedition.

Monday, back home without a stop and got installed in our own home.

Voted a super Autumn break - all our bendy bits functioning great and feeling good.

Culzean September 2010

September 7th, 2010

Saturday. 4th September Mum and I decided that we would have a day out. Culzean was chosen as the venue - the weather was great and we packed coffee and a biscuit for the journey and set off up the Glenkens. Soon we were at Carsphairn for our bite and then on to Dalmellington for the turn-off towards Maybole. Narrow country road but not busy despite being Saturday and in no time we were turning in to Culzean Country Park. Found a place for the car, had a wee walkabout and then to the restaurant for soup and a baguette.

That past, on to the path for the Swan Pond. Although there were a lot of cars, the area is so vast that it never seemed crowded.

We found that there was an archery meeting going on with members of the ‘longbow association’ doing their stuff on the fountain court. This was overlooked by the path in front of the castle so we had a good view.

The weather was kind to us and there were blinks of sun, though never too warm. Ice-cream at the little kiosk and back by the cliff path.

Gentle return journey and so ended a great day out.