The trip started off with a close call to missing the train. Belinda had to renew her railcard but the queue for the service counters was extremely long..forgot that 9.00a.m-ish is a busy peak hour time. >< So, few minutes from train departure time and we were still frustratedly staring at the officer slowly copying details onto the new card, though I meekly told him we were actually in a hurry to catch the train. We just kept nodding our heads vigorously and said “YES, okay, understood!!!” when he was explaining about the railcard at the end. Once done, we literally ran to the far away Platform 13.
Thank God the train was still there when we reached, though it was past the scheduled time already. Teehee.
Sitting down on the grass under the sunny sky with occassional breezes was relaxing, at the same time eye-ing people’s sandwiches and crisps. I also took a picture for this lovely couple(who praised my photo of them :D) who are really amiable! Turns out the girl is from Malaysia! And the guy, her husband, is from somewhere near Newcastle. It felt heartwarming to bump into people from your own country at such a place. Funny how we all ended up fantasizing char kuay teow hahahah!
The open-top bus ride to Ambleside, a little town north of the lake, was greeat! Wind blowing in my face(in a comfortable way) and plenty of sceneries. Gotta beware of cherry tree branches sticking out though lol.
Couldn’t resist the temptation to take off our socks and shoes to stick our feet in the icy cold water and wade around in the water on the rocks. You can’t really get to do this in Malaysia without being bothered by mosquitoes attacks, you see.
Due to time constraint – needa catch the bus back to Windermere, we rushed to Stagshaw Gardens and back in half an hour. More steep path climbing until I was out of breathe lol. This garden, apparently as old as Malaysia, is well-known for rhododendrons and azaleas etc. We got to see some but I think the flowers weren’t in 100% full bloom yet. Quite pretty though, and I spotted a bunny running across the path! :D
I need to go see more nature in the countryside. Can’t stop loving it. (= Scotland, York, Wales…please wait for me! Someday…I’ll be there.
P.S. I’ll be uploading more pics from the trip onto Facebook so keep a lookout for it !