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Sunday, 4 February 2018

4th February,2018.... Disappearing January!!

Where did that month go??? What with OFSTED, family visits, 80th birthdays, wedding fairs and falling down the stairs (ha ha!!) there haven't been enough January days to squeeze in even the smallest visit to Furness Abbey....but we made it today....TWICE!!


           That wasn't today though!!!! However, it was looking beautiful at 8am this morning.......



...couldn't resist a quick trip down with the camera!


Looking beautiful from our Rakesmoor vantage point this morning too!


The sight of a slice of blue sky this afternoon tempted us down for a walk again.....


...and we wheeled nan out for her daily constitutional!!



Had a catch up with Abbey Mill's Jackie.....


...it seems some 'upgrades' are in store for the good old Abbey!


We had a lovely visit with the Northants clan earlier in the month......


Got the chance to try out The Swan.......great atmosphere, and lovely food too!!




Then it was all systems go for the senior Mrs Hillman's 80th birthday celebrations.......



...with a fabulous cake made by Lucie Phelps from Lucie's Cakes Co. -well worth a look if you are wanting a celebration cake.


The original HILLMAN clan......


.... and all their children!!


Also managed to squeeze in a very successful OFSTED visit, training days, wedding fairs, school trips........




...need to get to February for a REST!!!





Sunday, 7 January 2018

7th January, 2018...An arctic (and ghostly) blast at the start of '18!

Happy New Year to all our blog followers.....festivities and Christmas weddings over for another year...not very happy that we've all shared the nasty cold bug around the family....especially as we'd all been so well in the run up to Christmas this year...decorations down and boxes of tissues installed instead! Beautiful weather at the moment though....cold, crisp and clear....perfect for long walks to Furness Abbey.....




....so, it was a quiet Saturday afternoon, deserted down here, and we started to climb up to our usual vantage point, and as I looked up I saw the silhouette of someone already standing up there, so I thought to myself "oh, we'll meet whoever that is...have to say HI " etc. But when we got to the top of the amphitheatre, they'd gone, and there was no one, anywhere....no one on the paths, or walkways or anything....deserted. Mr Hillman says I'm going mad and seeing things but I know I saw someone.....weird or what!!



Anyhow, as Sunday dawned, bright and clear we thought we'd have a quick trip down to the Abbey to see the sunrise....it was 8am.....





...the place has 'atmosphere' there's no denying that!!!


As the day warmed up, we did wheel nana out so she could try out her Christmas hat.....




...I think half of Barrow was down here, enjoying the brief spell of warmth from the winter sun...


...poor Abbey Mill's Jackie and staff were run off their feet.......


....always time for a catch up though! We had a brief wander through Hawcoat this morning too...had a quick look at one of our favourite views then walked down to view the new maternity unit at FGH....almost ready to open.......





...some heartbreakingly sad stories behind the drive for this much needed new unit....great for all the new mums of the future, in our area.


Two sets of stormy weather for Furness earlier this week....Frank enjoyed his first ever visit to Earnse Bay to get a taste of it!




















Wednesday, 27 December 2017

27th December, 2017....Icy sunshine and family funtime!

Well...Christmas came and went in a blur, even though we've been doing all things Christmas since 31st October....really nice to catch up with most of the family-another five arrived after this, and the Lancs, London and Northants branches stayed where they were this year and are now snowed in!!





 (Nana is seventy six tomorrow!!)


We did manage a Boxing Day walk to Furness Abbey......it finally stopped raining and the air was beginning to chill.....deserted at Abbey Mill though!!




Then this morning, the air temperatures were back down to minus two,with Furness Abbey looking its best in the icy winter sunshine.....




......nothing like a spot of bracing afternoon tea at Abbey Mill Café...

.....and lots of wild life enjoying the sunshine too!



Got the chance to try out my new binoculars!!


Talking of Christmas presents....I work with the most talented lady I know....she made me this for Christmas- its me, with binoculars, ruck sack, walking boots, guide book,a knitted thermos flask, knitted sandwiches and even knitted Oreo biscuits....many thanks to the brilliant Julie B!!