Birthday in the hills

Its a good feeling, waking up on your birthday, drawing the curtains and being greeted with a beautiful view of daylight breaking on the fells without even stepping foot outside.

Mountains, upon mountains, upon mountains.

Its even better when you are joined shortly after by two happy children, excited for you to open the cards and presents they have managed to keep secret for weeks.

I was thrilled to receive such lovely cards and messages from old as well as new friends and to see how much care and effort Megan and William had put into making their own cards and gifts. Thanks everyone!!!!

and presents!!!
Homemade lavender bags

Birthday morning celebrations were fairly swift as we had to remain focused on getting ready for day 2 of school (which fortunately was cause for excitement at seeing their new friends again and not dread) and getting ourselves prepared for a day out in the hills together. Plus we had the excitement of a birthday tea with Clare and Tony to look forward to.

The school run went smoothly, with a slight modification (improvement) of parking at Loppergarth play area and walking to school along the footpath across the field. We were treated to stunning views of the Coniston Fells and beyond on our return journey.

The view on the way home from the school run.

After returning home for a quick boot change and collecting Togo, Lay and I set off on foot to explore the route to Beacon Tarn. Having received birthday wishes all the way from our New Zealand family in the morning it was very appropriate that our nearest fell is called Great Burney and this was our first target.

On top of Great Burney
Panoramic view from sea to summit.

Our walk continued to claim Little Burney, before pausing for a timely lunch stop on the Cumbria Way before the weather changed to that more typical for these parts!!

Walking towards Little Burney

Whilst opting not to complete the circuit to Beacon Tarn, we decided today was for enjoyment rather than endurance so with time to spare we returned home for a wash and brush up before returning to Pennington to collect Megan and William from school.

Our option to park at the play area proved fortuitous as we met a lovely family who had relocated from Woking 5 years ago and were now settled in Loppergarth. They relocated for the outdoor lifestyle and I have no doubt we will meet up with them for some outdoor adventures in the future.

After a quick change we were greeted at Clare and Tony’s with the intoxicating smell of Roast Lamb, with all the trimmings. Clare had worked wonders on a school night. I was even treated to more cards, presents and a whopping chocolate cake we enjoyed for pudding!!

Birthday Cake!!

As birthdays go, it was a real treat to be living in Cumbria for this one and able to enjoy a proper walk with marvellous views, a wonderful meal with my sis (something that hasn’t happened for over 25 years) and to receive such a large pile of cards and good wishes.

Thank you all for making it so special.

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