December arrived and we had itchy wheels again. Work and sorting Christmas festivities usually meant we wouldn’t be going anywhere but with a little tweaking we managed to rearrange a shopping expedition for a Podding one. No Mad Friday for us we thought.
Now, for us it was our Christmas trip away so we had to have some form of decoration didn’t we? The hunt then began for a Christmas tree, lights and maybe a little something else .. or two.
Self control had to be administered in bucket loads and between the two of us the extent of our decorations had been limited to a 3ft tree, flashing lights and a small sign to ensure Santa knew Podding wasn’t just for summer.
Location for our Christmas trip away needed to be roughly an hour away otherwise our two nights would turn into a driving expedition, not an escape the rat-races one.
With a little research we found a Camping and Caravan site at Delamere Forest, open all year round and less than an hours drive, perfect.
The drive was uneventful and we passed quite a few motorhomes, camper-vans and caravans travelling in both directions, it was great to see people getting the most out of their mobile homes. Each season brings different challenges and we like to think all of the above are capable of dealing with what ever the British weather has to throw at them and if not a few modifications usually help.
Site was easy enough to find and once we’d booked in we were taken to our pitch by one of the cycling wardens, once there Pod as usual became the topic of conversation and we were told a Pod had only left the site a few days earlier.
Once all set up out came the Christmas tree, lights and Santa sign, after lots of moving around its location was decided upon and the tree was pegged down, weather as always is unpredictable and we didn’t want to wake and find the tree half way across the field.
The timer was set on the lights and off we went on foot to find a local pub for our obligatory local ale. The Carriers Inn had been recommended by a work colleague and it always pays to listen to recommendations we thought, as we didn’t know the area at all.
We took the direct route down the main road and after about a 1 mile walk we found the Carriers Inn, looked fine enough from the outside so in we went.
In through the main door and into a very warm cozy dinning area, lots of soft lighting and Christmas decorations added to the welcoming atmosphere, this lead to the bar area and the soft leather look sofas beckoned. This could turn into more than one pint.
Red Breast and Hobgoblin were two of the three ales on offer, both were bought and we settled into one of those sofas and felt the weight of everyday life ebb away.
Mixed grill for one and sea bass for the other, absolutely delicious and cooked to perfection.
Cars zoomed by as we tottered along a very narrow footpath, this became a little difficult when blinded by oncoming traffic and took a few seconds for our eyes to readjust. Would also recommend a torch for this one as there wasn’t any street lighting.
Didn’t take long to reach the site and on seeing our little Christmas tree outside Pod it made LB giggle, it was great and one year we planned to spend Christmas and New Year in Pod.
Shower and toilet facilities were near the office and once we’d collected our toiletries we tottled off to use them. A code was needed to get into the warm clean block and the showers were hot and very welcoming.
After a good hour walking through the forest along the well marked path we found ourselves on the waters edge, the stillness in the air along with the seagulls echoing across the water gave it an eery feel, this was made even more spectacular by the sun attempting to break through the mist which was slowly moving over the mirror like lake.
Lighter option was chosen this time and the sandwiches ordered were stuffed full of our chosen fillings, a side order of chips were excellent, not out of a packet; peeled, chopped and fried, mouthwatering stuff.
The walk back took us through the forest and round Blakemere Moss, the sun was now disappearing behind low cloud and the temperature was beginning to drop, it wasn’t however raining, which made a change.
Alarm woke us from a deep sleep and as the sun came over the trees we stayed in bed drinking hot tea and reminiscing over our stay.
But now its time to pack up and head home. We’ve had a fantastic 2016 with Pod and met some wonderful people, long may it continue and here’s to a brilliant 2017 for us and for you all.