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Bonscale Farmhouse 2005

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We had all seen the weather reports and the pictures of Carlisle under water...

Bonscale Farmhouse, Ullswater

January 14 – 16, 2005

By Mim Chapman

We had all seen the weather reports and the pictures of Carlisle under water but, desperate to walk off some mince pies, there was a large group  waiting on Ian’s word that we could go ahead with the meet.   

Finally, Friday morning, we decided to go.  We didn’t know if there would be any electricity or roads still flooded but we were undeterred.  

Bonscale is a large holiday house ( rather than bunkhouse).  So many people booked  onto the meet we also had another house half a mile down the road.  With both houses sitting right on the
banks of Ullswater we could all see the damage from the storms:  trees sawn up and pushed to the side of the road and flood damage everywhere.  There had been  no  electricity for  a week but the  log fires soon took away the chill  and the alcohol  and humour  warmed our insides!

On Saturday morning most of us decided to  walk a circular route to Patterdale along the scenic Ullswater banks. A good choice for a day with low cloud and fortunately the rain held off.

Everyone was in  the party mood in the evening celebrating Ian Stuart’s 50th birthday.  We had an excellent meal in Pooley Bridge followed by wine, port, some other fairly dubious-looking beverages and, of course, balloons and cake - (still haven’t walked off the mince pies !)  

Any more birthdays  coming up ?

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