Its one of those cold, grey, damp days - winter seems to have arrived all of a sudden and after such a mild autumn its still a bit of a shock to the system.
Alan, Ferg, Clare & Graham have met up with some of the COAC folk to paddle the upper South Tyne from Alston to Slaggyford, its one of the few classic North East river trips that I've not done (& would like to) but today a day indoors as Duty Manager at Blaithwaite seems like a good option! Its Main House only this weekend & our last group before a planned three week shut down - we reopen for New Year. Our guests are regular visitors at this time of year & its good to be able to welcome them back.
Kay is away this weekend (and feeling better at the mid point of this phase of treatment).
Its advent which is a good time of year here & we have already got the tree up in the Coach House!
One of our un-planned winter projects has been to repair and upgrade the Ellrigg heating system (its a huge improvement) and to remove much of the glass from the foyer providing a safer and better insulated environment. It looks good:
Otherwise I think the images below give a good impression of the look of this corner of Cumbria on the first weekend in December: