|Greystoke Cycle Cafe garden|
The cafe is owned and run by the wonderful Annie - a woman whose boundless energy and optimism is surpassed only by her thoughtfulness and ingenuity. The cafe is specifically for cyclists and it has everything those travelling on 2 wheels could possibly ever need - as well as a warm welcome and fabulous, plentiful food you will find cycle pumps, clamps for essential repairs alongside cans of oil, plus jugs of juice and water to refill your bottles as you head off on your way. And if you happen to turn up and find them closed, worry not, for there is a room of dry towels, hot water bottles, flapjack, tea and coffee which is all covered by your trusted payment into the honesty box. There really is no other place like this and the many lovely comments in their visitors book show just how valued the cafe is by everyone who visits.
|Everything the cyclist needs|
|Warmth, shelter and flapjack!|
|But it never rains in Cumbria!|
|Don't just take my word for it!|
Steve will tell you all about his Longbow making course on his own blog, but suffice to say that the course ended with 9 happy men firing their longbows in the field opposite the cafe.
|9 happy men and their longbows!|
|Tony Saunders who runs the Longbow Course and his|
fab cheeky Tshirt
The pace of the Pen and Wash course was somewhat more sedate, but the tutor Margaret Jarvis was engaging and talented and soon had us all confidently splashing colour around and creating masterpieces. The talent within the group was impressive and embarrassing at the same time - I love trying to paint but lack any real talent, though I more than make up for that with my use of colour, lots and lots of colour. I can always see the picture in my minds eye, it just never makes it out of the end of my hand and on to the paper...
|After a few expert tips!|
|Please don't judge the quality of the tuition by the|
standard of my dodgy masterpiece!
So many people say they're looking for a proper traditional cafe, well here it is. You can keep your anonymous over priced coffee chains, if there were only more wonderful little gems like this around the world would be a lot nicer place.