8 March 1996

A bit of snow didnt put us off our Lakeside weekend

OUR February weekend in the Lake District was a great success in spite of the weather! But I must admit there were a few worrying moments in the days leading up to our time of departure and I became obsessed with the weather forecast for 48 hours.

The day dawned reasonably bright and we even saw some sunshine on the way up to Cumbria. It wasnt until we reached Windermere that we saw really deep snow drifts with cars still buried.

The Belsfield Hotel was the ideal place for what was really a large house party. We had 111 people staying there with a further 20 staying at the Burn How Hotel across the lane.

The get-together started off with mulled wine on Friday evening when everyone had the opportunity of meeting fellow guests before dinner. On Saturday morning coaches arrived to take us to Kendal where Abbot Hall Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry was opened especially for us. What a wonderful insight into the history of this beautiful area of Britain.

Sadly the afternoon walk I had planned had to be cancelled for fear of causing an avalanche!

After a delicious dinner the evenings entertainment was the Three Peaks Ceilidh Band who made sure we all fell into bed exhausted after dancing the night away.

A boat trip around Lake Windermere on Sunday morning was very relaxing and all this fresh air worked up an appetite for a traditional Sunday lunch.

Truly a memorable weekend thanks to FWC members and their husbands not being deterred by a bit of snow! JH