Saturday, 12 May 2012

Horsing Around


THE book reading/signing went well at Plackitt & Booth in Lytham.
Thanks to those who came, despite rain and Blackpool F.C. play-offs, and for their many book purchases and orders.
There's now talk of an event at the busy library in equally charming Poulton-le-Fylde. I shall keep you posted.
By way of celebration and respite, I escaped for a few days in the Lake District with She Who Knows. The sun shone, pub fires glowed and I managed to ride a horse again without calamity.
We stayed in our new hideaway, a working hillside farm in the shadow of the Old Man of Coniston, looking down upon the unspoiled acres of Torver Common.
There's a couple of luxuriously appointed static caravans on a landscaped site, adjacent to a field of lambs and Lakeland hens.
The farmer was delighted with their new, young bull Taffy. (His last beast turned out to be gay.)
"Yes, certainly did the business," farmer and wife agreed, while we admired a coral of healthy calves.
Taffy even let me stroke the tuft of hair on his mighty head. He must have been knackered!
Just down the lane is the incredible menagerie that is our favourite stables.  I had to "shoo" out of my way a bulky ewe, even larger nanny goat and a pair of lambs to use the loo within its ancient barn, all to the squealing accompaniment of a dozen piglets.
Then we were mounted up and cantering across the high fells, looking down on placid Coniston and the sea beyond - magnificent.
The only hiccough we had was returning to the caravan by foot much later, when She Who stumbled over a stile after dining at the nearby 14th Century inn - enough said.
Finally, we sailed on the lake from a quiet jetty at the farm where Arthur Ransome based Swallows & Amazons - followed by cream tea outside a farmhouse with the best view in the Lakes - splendid.
Now it's back to work, with more books for you on the way.
See you soon and, very possibly, in the Saddle!
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