Deb's Digest
Debbie Atkinson’s family life column, as featured in the Southport Visiter.

Thursday, 14 June 2007

We went to Sizergh Castle near Windermere the other day - it was baking hot so first of all we parked (with difficulty) at Bowness. The place was full of day trippers and holiday makers. Queues everywhere and grubby-looking pubs. Give me the Yorkshire Dales anyday.

Before we went to the castle (it didn't open till 1.30) we had a lovely pub lunch at Crook, sitting in the sun. Our seafood platters were just the job - until that is, a dirty great dustbin lorry parked right in front of us and the men proceeded to empty all the pub bins - clatter and unpleasant smells. No wonder I was up all night with stomach ache.

The castle was bubble-wrapped for a new roof and the gardens were nothing to write home about. However, the pot of tea was lovely and I managed to get a few gifts in the National Trust shop.

The artist son and his wife have just had new bedroom furniture fitted - they've been married for almost a year. How come I had to wait 32 years for mine?

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