This week has been a bit of a strange one at times. Firstly, the weather! Last Sunday, Mother’s Day, I sat outside for my breakfast and gazed at the view. On Monday I admired the primroses on the verge of the road down to Maggie’s bridge at Loweswater.

Wednesday morning I woke up to a completely white world! The snow didn’t last long in the garden and on the fields but the tops of the higher fells have remained beautifully white all week.

However the strangest thing that happened last week was on Saturday when I found some flowers on the kest in front of the seat, then looked down at my feet and realised I was standing in someone’s ashes. I was totally taken aback by this, why were they here, whose were they? I tried to take it as a compliment that perhaps someone enjoyed the view from the seat so much that they wanted their ashes scattered there but part of me also wanted to say that the seat is part of my garden which I am very happy to share with passers by but I’m not sure I want stranger’s ashes there.

Anyway, on to more positive things. I had my annual Visit England inspection on Tuesday and the inspector was very happy with all he saw, so that is excellent news. We continue at Five Star level with Gold Awards.

For those of you who follow my blog, Max, my rescue border collie who is a bit of a reluctant walker, was not to be outdone and passed his Silver Obedience Award. As well as several other tasks, he had to  walk on a pavement around the village where he goes to classes – what an achievement for him!

Stop Press: The ospreys are back at  Bassenthwaite – follow them on Osprey Watch