>Thursday interlude

>This morning I registered at Traveleyes, a travel company that provides holidays for the visually impairerd and the sighted. I found it on Ilona’s blog, Life After Money. I also know of Ilona from the money saving experts forum. With a newly found cat sitter, I can start to plan a bit more freely for holidays than I used to, so long as I check dates and availability first, and these will be added to my potential trips away. I think it’s an excellent idea because it offers slightly discounted travel to sighted travellers who are happy to act as guide to those that can’t see so well. Ilona also goes on walking holidays/trips and if I find an easy one, I may go along on one of those too. (She does big hills … I don’t.)

One of the things I learned from my holiday is that I’m incredibly unfit. I really cannot do big hills, don’t do has nothing to do with it. I walk about 10 paces and have to stop. I can usually tell how fit I am by how satisfying I find a deep breath. If it doesn’t touch me, I know my lungs need some exercise. If I feel fulfilled, I know I’m relatively fit. For the first half of my holiday my lungs weren’t working properly; by the second half I was appreciating those big breaths. Right now, the lungs are working again. But I need to give them a workout.

With that in mind I’ve been planning some more walks. I’ve finally joined The Ramblers – well, it’s rude to just keep gatecrashing their rambles and meetings without being a member – and I’ve sourced a few walks between now and Christmas … (did I just mention the C word?). I’m also going to try and get to all of my local Ramblers’ meetings, which are once a month on a Wednesday evening.

Next year I want to be ready to walk 10 miles a day at least, so I can do the Thames Valley Walk and hopefully join Abi for part of it.

>Pooley Bridge


On Monday I went out. It was a miserable day but my back and neck ached so much after hunching over the laptop for a whole day (playing games, uploading pictures, writing notes, etc, etc), that I decided to get out and have a look around.

My first stop was Pooley Bridge at the northern tip of Ullswater. The first thing you see when you arrive in this village is a pay and display car park next to the river. If you drive a bit further into the village, though, there are plenty of free car parking spaces for up to 2 hours.

My parking spot was in front of St Paul’s Church:

I wandered back down the main street and landed on a bridge overlooking the River Eamont:

I’m not sure if this river runs into or out of Ullswater Lake, but it certainly runs.

Could this be Duck Island?

Jackdaws and mallards feeding together:

Pooley Bridge:

Feeding the ducks:

This mallard went off in a sulk because I didn’t have any food for her:

I did a bit of shopping in the village, bought some food, a carry mat for sitting on when I’m out walking, and a couple of souvenirs. Then I headed off down to the other end of the lake and Glenridding.