My post title, stolen from Marilyn and Alan Bergman’s lyric ‘The Windmills of Your Mind’, came to me, as did the music, whilst I was recalling a recent visit north. Despite the pressure to carefully check and pass onto to my personal ‘spell and grammar checker’, Sandra, the manuscript of ‘Shadows in Sunshine’, I took time out for a visit to the Lake District. Early October is an ideal time for such a trip as one is almost assured of a kaleidoscope of autumnal colours and far fewer visitors than during the summer months. Staying in a delightful little terraced cottage in Keswick we spent the few days travelling around visiting the many beauty spots, and enjoying the spectacular views and the peace and tranquillity that the Lake District offers.
A different type of pleasure was enjoyed in a visit to Fred Holdsworths Bookshop in Ambleside for a book signing event. Steve, the present owner of this remarkable Tardis of a bookshop, has ensured that within its walls it contains a superb selection of books about the Lakes and the authors, poets and people that have lived there, in addition to a very wide range other literature. It was a good day, and in the company of a very pleasant host, one that I will remember for a very long time.
For those who read this post and have ambitions to visit the Lake District I can highly recommend visiting Steve in Ambleside to look for your holiday reading, be it books about the area or a simple pleasure read.
Returning south I felt refreshed and ready to meet again the challenge of proof-reading and correcting my manuscript, a task now completed, enabling me to sit and recall ‘As the images unwind, like the circles that you find, in the windmills of your mind.’