The Winterfood Diaries

The Winterfood Diaries

Friday, 7 September 1990


‘Hymn’ – Vangelis

The morning began with a wonderful breakfast at Bill’s: grapefruit segments, followed by a plate of sausages, egg, fried bread and tomatoes, followed by toast and marmalade and plenty of tea.  This was then followed by many, many refills of tea and toast. 

We later chatted to Bill who told us how we might proceed with our ‘northern’ exploration (as opposed to last year’s ‘southern’ exploration) of the lakes.  He recommended that we go to Loughrigg, a minor mountain, or perhaps more accurately, a hill or fell, to the north-west of Windermere.

Taking his advice, Flash and I began the journey by catching a boat to Waterhead.  The trip was very enjoyable, and from Waterhead we walked into Ambleside.  At Ambleside we looked in the various bookshops.  I bought RETURN OF THE SHADOW, a dissection of Tolkien’s writing of THE LORD OF THE RINGS

…and we had lunch in a greasy café.

‘River’ – Enya

We then caught a bus to Rydal and walked from there to Loughrigg, slowly ascending the fell and enjoying our views of the beautiful country around us: the lakes and mountains that make up the region south of Grasmere; and there in the near-distance, making up the bulk of the horizon, was Helvellyn mountain, huge and terrible.

Loughrigg was great, despite the appearance of a rather irate ram which leapt from the bracken and seem quite prepared to attack us.  Fortunately it didn’t and we made our way slowly and in peace, getting lost in the process.  We walked back down through the woods, alongside Rydal Water, opposite White Moss Common and finally caught a bus back to Ambleside, walking back, once more, to Waterhead. 

At Waterhead, we were amazed at the sheer volume of Asian tourists and spent a happy time watching the beautiful girls on the return ferry.  Honestly, I have seen some truly beautiful females in the Lake District this year.

‘Heart Like A Wheel’ – The Human League

After a clean-up at Bill’s, we ate lasagne at the JOHN PEEL.  Here, I observed some ‘alternative’ types for the first time in our stay.

After the pub shut, we wanted to go to a nite club, but none of them would let us in, so shag them.  

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