I will never tire of hearing the normal, day-to-day language of the average Englishman!!! I love the words they chose and how they chose to put them together. It is "brilliant" and "lovely".
I spent several hours on Skype today making reservations for our nightly accommodations. .I spoke with so many "lovely" people who, when I said I'd like to make a reservation replied "Lovely then...let me check the good ole diary". In the background were noises of pints clinking, loud voices with lovely accents, and dishes clanking. It all made me want to climb through the phone lines and be a part of their magnificent noise. Throughout the conversation, they interjected the words "lovely" and "brilliant" at the oddest and most wonderful times!
We now have confirmed nightly accommodations for the first 10 days of our walk. That in itself took at least 3 hours as many of the places I intended to stay are already booked. That is inconvenient but not all of these people mucking up my plans are Coast to Coasters. It is the beginning of the school holiday and the Lake District (through which we will travel for the first week) is where all of these Brits want to be. All that means is that we will meet many lovely and brilliant Brits.
We are Coast to Coasters and therefore we are tough old broads. Even if one of us is only 13...she is a broad and she is tough. Never mind the old. I have enough of that for both of us after just having celebrated my 44th bday last week. I have enough old to go around.
17 Day Itinerary
Our walk begins in St. Bee's on the West Coast of Great Britain at the Irish Sea. Almost 200 miles later, we will find ourselves at the North Sea in Robin Hood's Bay.
Day 1 - Moor Row, 9 miles The Jasmine House
Day 2 - Ennerdale, 8 miles Low Cock How Farm
Day 3 - Seatoller, 14 miles Seatoller Farm
Day 4 - Grasmere, 10.5 miles Town Head Farm
Day 5 - Patterdale, 7.5 miles Grisdale Lodge
Day 6 - Shap, 16 miles Brookfield House
Day 7 - Orton, 8 miles The Westons
Day 8 - Kirby Stephen, 13.5 miles The Black Bull
Day 9 - Keld, 14 miles Keld Lodge
Day 10 - Richmond, 14 miles The Old Brewery
Day 11 - Danby-Wiske, 14 miles Old School House
Day 12 - Osmotherly, 12 miles 32 South End
Day 13 - Clay Bank Top, 11 miles The Maltkiln House
Day 14 - Blakley Ridge, 8.5 miles The Sevenford House
Day 15 - Grosmont, 14 miles The Station Inn
Day 16 - Robin Hood's Bay, 16 miles The Raven House
Of course, these distances don't account for getting lost and doubling back a few times, avoiding an aggressive herd of heifers or navigating the moors.... or wandering off in search of a pint.