Cathedrals and castles and Dutch Uncles, oh my!

Ever want to feel young? Like you haven’t been around for very long? Spend the day wandering buildings that were built 800+ years ago. You’ll feel like a toddler, even though your feet and your back are aching from all the walking.

Carlisle Cathedral in Carlisle, Cumbria, UK
Carlisle Cathedral in Carlisle, Cumbria, UK

Today, The Padre, The Ginger, and I went to Carlisle Cathedral in the morning, while The Nomad was working on her emails. What a fantastic place! The Padre made friends with the architect of the renovation project, who gave him some insights to the more impressive pieces inside the Cathedral. The detail in the carving of the stone walls, the ornateness of the painted ceilings, everything about Carlisle Cathedral was incredible. And it was built in 1133.

After we finished there, we came back to The Nomad’s place for lunch, and then we had to run out to her office to drop off some equipment. And we also picked up the galley copy of Kenan, the book written by The Nomad and her friend The Nurse-Cook-Metalworker (I have a variety of friends).

The Nomad with Kenan, her debut novel
The Nomad with Kenan, her debut novel

Then, we all ran down to Carlisle Castle and looked around for a few hours. I’d been to the castle in Edinburgh before, but Carlisle Castle was nothing to sneeze at. It is significantly smaller but it’s no less impressive.

One of the stairwells inside Carlisle Castle
One of the stairwells inside Carlisle Castle

And it has the same death-defying stairwells. The Nomad and I wandered off together, and we left The Padre and The Ginger alone for a little while. That might not have been a good idea. I heard something about a Dr. Strangelove moment with one of the canons on the castle wall … ?

If you’d like to see all the photos I took from today, you can find them on my Facebook page.

After the Castle, we came back to the house for a nice cuppa and sent The Padre off to find his dinner, while we three girls headed down to a local restaurant called The Dutch Uncle. The Nomad had scheduled a ladies night with some women from her church, and wow! it was so much fun! I got to meet quite a few of her wonderful friends, and–this was hilarious–they wanted us to talk and say words so we could compare them to the way they spoke. We had a huge laugh over words like cucumber, tomato, potato, coffee, and aluminum.

The Padre and Me outside Carlisle Castle
The Padre and Me outside Carlisle Castle

It was a great night. Now we just need to clean up and hit the hay, and if the weather cooperates, it’s off to the Lake District tomorrow!

A.C. Williams

Amy Williams left a lucrative career in marketing to write novels about space cowboys, clumsy church secretaries, American samurai, and alternate dimensions. Along the way, she also discovered a passion for teaching other creative professionals how to use technology to make life easier. Through video instruction or one-on-one coaching, she teaches software, blogging, basic graphic design, and many other useful skills that help creative entrepreneurs get stuff done minus the frustration.

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