Once again, breakfast ritual; and then, on Bill’s (perhaps indirect) recommendation, Flash and I decided to set out for Helvellyn mountain, by catching a bus to Windermere and then a bus to Wythburn Church. Once there, we began our ascent…
Helvellyn was huge and wonderful, offering us the glorious display that was the region north of Grasmere. Once we were very near what seemed to be the top, we found ourselves caught up in clouds and rain – but it was lovely.
Whilst up there, Flash told me of his keenness to break free from Raquel; and their relationship has been a major talking point on this holiday.
‘Evening Falls’ – Enya
Late in the afternoon, after clambering back down the mountain, we walked several miles along a dangerous road to the outskirts of Grasmere where we bought ourselves a pint in THE TRAVELLER’S REST. It was here that a bulky moustachioed chap began talking to us, and then his wife arrived, and Flash and I found we had suddenly mad friends with two Australians, Glen and Amy, who were really great. We whiled away some time in brilliant + fantastic conversation with them, and it really made the day. Honestly, I can’t get over how great they were. They are travelling the world for a year, you see, and were just completing their first month which had included Scotland, Lancashire and the Lake District. We were with them for ages, at the end of which they drove us back to Bowness in their campervan. As we said goodbye, they gave me a jar of Vegemite. I gave them my address and they may well visit me if they hit Cambridgeshire. Even if they don’t, I hope they stay in touch. Needless to say, I was impressed by them, and their generosity of spirit.
For tea, Flash and I decided to eat at Bill’s fish and chip domain. I am glad we did – he gave us tonnes of extra bread, chips and cups of tea – and, above all, good conversation. I hope we made a positive impression upon him.
Oh, and I have sent postcards to Donna Davidson, Lilith, and Fergie.
'Jealous Guy’ – John Lennon
Later, we went to the JOHN PEEL, of course, where again we made some friends: the ‘alternative’ couple I spotted last night. They were Liverpudlians called Phil and Carla, with whom we got on very well. We even went to the ROBBIE BURNS nite club with them. They were great; good people to end our stay with.
I must admit though, that earlier on I was rather jealous when Flash told me – quite graphically – what he and Donna Davidson had done on New Year’s Eve 1988…
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