26.08.2009 - 26.08.2009 18 °C
We left Stirling today and travelled southwest through torrential rain, apparently the tail end of a cyclone somewhere. It was heavy rain, and it kept up all day. We did a detour via the Lake District and stopped off for lunch at a pub at Troutbeck Bridge, opposit Lake Windermere and just before the town of Windermere. Eventually we arrived at a place called St Helens, somewhere in between Manchester and Liverpool, where we were to stay for the next five days. David and Margaret both originally came from the area; David from Widnes and Margaret from Salford, closer to Manchester. As they still had relatives in the area, their idea was to visit them over the next five days, as well as visiting some of their old haunts. We stayed in a Travelodge Motel, just off the motorway, and a few miles out of St Helens.
That evening after tea, we visited David's cousin Joan and her husband Keith, a few miles south of our motel. It was a surprise visit, and Joan duly abused us with a wicked smile on her face, then they both made us feel most welcome. During the course of the evening, I was surprised to learn that David was quite a lad in his day, as I carefully perused the many photo albums that were offered to me.