The Winterfood Diaries

The Winterfood Diaries

Thursday, 24 August 1989

Holiday in the Lakes


My No.1 ‘Cursum Perficio’ by Enya


Are our expectations too high?

We are now in our Bed & Breakfast lodgings at BOWNESS-ON-WINDERMERE in the LAKE DISTRICT, and this place (the town, not the B & B) is not exactly the pits of the Earth, but it IS pretty dreadful and not at all what any of us expected.  We were hoping to get away from it all and hide out in the wilds, but it’s SO commercialised here.  It’s also full of rowdy young idiots in fast cars, heavily atmospheric pubs and not that beautiful as towns go.  On the plus side, there are some distant hills across the lake.

But we wanted a kind of abandoned wilderness, I think.  We wanted to be out of the way.  I didn't really want a supermarket and local youths being sick down the pavement.  Perhaps we should have stayed in a small village…

Flash and Raquel are in Room 8.  I think I’m in Room 9.  It’s awful to be alone, though.  I wish Natalia Wnek had come with us.  I need her now.  I need someone I can identify with.  It feels like a grave disappointment.  Perhaps we ought to move on to somewhere else.  I don’t want to go crazy.  It just feels like a waste of money at the moment.  Things had better improve or I’m going to be in a bad mood for months.

Ritcherd xxx


We went to The Royal Oak hotel.

I had Chicken Kiev, chips + salad
They had Chilli Con Carne + garlic bread

Ritcherd xxx

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