Appleby in Westmorland

Appleby in Westmorland, October 2009

I arrived late Friday afternoon/,after a three and three quarter hour journey, to be greeted by Ian and Linda and the usual welcoming cuppa. Already sited were Alan and Carolyn, Gwen, Gordon and Sandy and new members, Ian and Chrissie. I had taken a tent this time due to the distance. A Fish (Whale) and Chip Supper had been organised after which we piled into the Rally Arms for a chat, a few drinks and a late night.

Saturday and everyone, bar Gwen went out for the day. I started at a phantom Car Boot Sale, then explored Appleby and finally Appleby Castle. Eventually everyone returned and, after tea we spent the evening again in the Rally arms for the Social and another late night.

Sunday and I took, Ian, Linda and Gwen to the car Boot Sale that should have been the previous day and this time it was on. We later went through to Kirby Stephen to another phantom boot sale, before visiting the embryonic Railway Centre there. A very fine collection of vintage carriages. On the Way back we stopped off at the Eden Valley Railway for a train ride and look around and for Gwen the chance to try the Sleeper facilities. Back at the site it was time to prepare for the Barbeque. This was its usual success before retiring to the tent again, where the raffle was drawn.

Monday and another of Ian’s famous breakfasts to get the day going. Soon it was time for coffee, before taking the tent down and preparing for home. Half of the group were staying for an extra day.

Another enjoyable weekend with good friends. Thank you Ian and Linda for again hosting and looking after us.

Nick Mawby

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