Quite an interesting week this week. Sheila and myself managed to get a rare day off together, and despite the weather being “changeable” we decided to try to get a walk in the Lake District. Drove up to Elterwater on Thursday morning with heavy clouds above us, the car park by the bridge was full, but we found a spot in one of the laybys just outside the village. As we walked along the riverside path towards Skelwith Bridge, the clouds parted and the sun peeked through – we even saw a little blue sky – a bonus. A relaxed lunch was had at Chesters by the River, a restaurant that would not look out of place in a city centre and a welcome change to the usual twee cafes in tourist spots. A gentle stroll back to Elterwater, and a look at a raging Skelwith Force due to the heavy rainfall of past weeks completed the exercise for the day. It is a few years since we last visited Elterwater and it was shame to see the slateworks at Skelwith Bridge closed and also the small corner shop at Maple Corner in Elterwater also closed – signs of the times. We completed the day with a look around St Oswalds’ Church in Grasmere – the site of William Wordsworth’s grave. The church was founded in 1250 and I couldn’t help but compare the simplicity of the whitewashed walls and wooden pews with the almost garish church interiors that we saw on a recent visit to Palma, Mallorca I suppose we can put the difference down to Henry the Eighth. They have a small table with a selection of goods to buy in the church – calendars, cards and decorative prints of Wordworths poems, with an honesty box system. We found ourselves helping a couple tourists out with the money to pay for their goods – one a lady from Oregan and the other a young Korean girl.
Back to the gallery on Friday to re organise the gallery walls with new originals from Kerry Darlington, Lawrence Coulson and Christopher Bell and the feeling that with the build up to Christmas starting – it’s half term for the children next week, and the clocks go back in a few days too – we will be lucky if we manage a day off together now until the new year – still, I like being in the gallery when it is busy.