10 April, 2009

The Lakes

up in the Lake District doing one of those house-swap things and it is great! I am never paying for holiday accommodation again! Their house is much much cleaner, tidier and better organised than ours. They have matching guest towels. And coasters. Oh dear.

Every morning we troop dutifully off to see a lake - so far, we have seen Loweswater, Buttermere and Derwentwater. Then in the afternoon we watch their 3-box set extended DVD version of the Lord of the Rings which - hooray! - I will not now have to buy.

Have also eaten more Kendal Mint Cake in the past three days than I have eaten in the past 10 years.

And read their copy of Liaisons Dangereuses (good), Italian Neighbours by that chap who wrote A Season with Verona (pretty good) and Toby Young's Sound of No Hands Clapping (crap).


Blogger SMW said...

But are you making your guests turn the lights out after 9:30pm?

7:49 am  
Blogger fumier said...

Surely it is impossible to have eaten more in the past 3 days than in the past 10 years, the 3 days being _part of_ the 10 years?

1:43 pm  
Blogger FBT said...


7:01 pm  
Blogger ulaca said...

Fumie is the Derek Fowlds of cyberspace.

5:31 am  
Blogger fumier said...

Phiz probably meant that she ate some mint cake just before the 10 years started and then disgorged it as soon as the clock started, thus creating negative consumption up to that point, and enabling the final 3 days' consumption to beat the period as a whole.

Phiz being someone who earns her living playing with numbers (lucky numbers), this seems the only reasonable possibility.

5:54 am  
Blogger dgny said...

I'm very jealous of this house trade business. I don't have a house (don't want one, actually, other than this) so I have to just envy you.

How was the weather? I think of the Lake District as a summer sort of thing. That's when Jane Austen seemed to write about it...

6:38 am  
Blogger FBT said...

DG, you can come and stay with us any time, don't even need to put up your flat for collateral

9:42 pm  
Blogger fumier said...

Was this one of those house swaps where one spouse stays behind as part of the swap?

11:44 am  
Blogger FBT said...

luckily no as I had a good look at the man of the house in his wedding pics and he was a ginger beardy.

7:53 pm  

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