On 11th July, 2014 the one-year anniversary of my official move from the UK to the US quietly passed. I observed the day with little fanfare and couldn’t help but feel like after a year’s worth of, perhaps, the most difficult transition I have made thus far, I finally feel settled into my new life.
However, feeling comfortably transitioned into a new home does not mean that I do not have a (very) lengthy list of things I dearly miss from my previous one. Luckily for me I was able to take a month off this summer and spend the entirety of it across Scotland and England fully enjoying both of these things that I miss so much. My father who settled in the States years ago flew across to England to join my Aunt, Uncle, dog and myself in the Lake District so that our annual tradition of family walking holidays could continue. We even were able to spend a day going up and around the Langdale Pikes with my cousin, her husband and four year old son whose keenness for walking and hills is incredible for someone his age.
Staying in cozy Primrose Cottage nestled in the tiny village of Bassenthwaite we had little-to-no mobile phone service, certainly no internet and limited tele (though thankfully we were able to watch the tennis in the evenings as Wimbledon was particularly exciting this year). I slept in past 8am, read many books, did the daily quick crosswords in the Times, spent the majority of my days outdoors up in the hills and most importantly, spent quality time with my family.
Even the weather stayed favourable as we stayed dry the entire week we were there (something that’s almost unheard of in the Lakes). It was windy and there were clouds most days (except one day in which we were lucky enough to fish in brilliant British sunshine). I had to wear layers when climbing and even put on a hat to keep my ears warm at the top of Scafell Pike, but I couldn’t have been happier.
Primrose Cottage, Cumbrian Cottages
Bassenthwaite, Langdale Pikes, Scafell Pike, Cat Bells, Derwent Water, Skiddaw, Dodd Hill, Watendlath
Northern Lake District,