Getting close to civilization. This man is mending a slate roof.
One day we took a short detour to see Lanercost Priory, a church within the ruins of the old priory. The roof was removed at the dissolution in 1536, but the church has continued.
We were in a bit of a hurry and too cheap to pay to see the ruins, but it looked quite wonderful. The church had some nice stained glass.
There was also a tea shop on the site, which was very welcome!
Our last B&B on the road was in a Victorian mansion, surrounded by cows and sheep and beautiful wisteria. The lounge was full of tchotchkes, some on this wonderful side board.
There was a bar in the library. Lovely! We had dinner there and the food was excellent.
One more day of walking through the hawthorns and cow parsley. The rugged countryside was behind us now.
Ah, the M8. We really were near the end!
All of us, done and dusted! We finished in Carlisle. Some stayed for a final day of catching their breath, some soon left the country, some went to other destinations.
Three of us went on to Glasgow for a quick visit before flying home. I had two things I wanted to do there: Find one of the two Edward VIII mailboxes known to be there, and buy some sheepy wool! I had spent a week walking past sheep, bits of wool on the ground, stuck in wire and fences...
A quick check on Ravelry led me to The YarnCake. That webpage seems a tad out of date, but I can assure you that the shop is there; there is yarn and there is cake.
Now I am home and almost back to the right time zone. I've compiled a slideshow of only 700 pictures to delight my friends and family with... I'll supply wine and popcorn in case that's a bit too many!
And of course I do have a knitting story to tell.