So Friday saw us with the car packed to bursting with everything bar the kitchen sink in preparation for the drive to Malham in the Yorkshire Dales.
We booked a big old Georgian house just outside the village.
The location was perfect with beautiful views across the dale and we soon settled into the place and made ourselves at home.
The rooms were all quite grand with high ceilings and comfortable furnishings and we all felt very much relaxed and at home.
The plan was to do some walking around Malham but it was midday on Saturday before the sun finally made an appearance.
|Mark, Nita Marion Jane and Dave|
|Climbers tackling the sheer face of the famous cove|
|We didn't venture far from the house (that's it just right of centre)|
As Dave and Mark settled down to watch England and New Zealand play rugby on TV I drove to Settle to stock up with a few provisions. The clouds thickened on the moors and I found myself on the remote single track roads with just the occasional nosy visitor looming out of the mist.
Fortunately the house was only five minutes walk from the local pub The Lister Arms and on Saturday night we enjoyed dinner together there.
We had another walk planned for Sunday but the weather turned even worse with huge puddles everywhere and one stretch of road under a foot of water and only just passable. So we found ourselves confined to the cars and a brief walk around the shops in Grassington before enjoying a decent Sunday lunch at the Fountaine Inn in Linton.
What we enjoyed most about the weekend was the chance to get together and relax in good company. Perhaps the torrential rain was a Godsend and made the weekend more relaxed than if we had done the eight or nine miles of walks that we had mapped out. We lounged around, did crosswords and puzzles, watched the X Factor, Strictly and Downton and drank perhaps just a little too much of Mark's wine supplies.
|Nita almsot completed a 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzle that we found in the house.|
|The views from the house must be glorious when the sun shines|