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  1. 8 years ago yesterday I married my wonderful husband Guy. In some ways it seems like yesterday,
    in others it seems like so much has happened it must be longer. One thing is clear is that I am as
    happy today as I was 
    the day we got married. He truly is my perfect partner in crime.

    As we were celebrating our 8th wedding anniversary I couldnt help but think the word ATE all the
    time. A bad pun I know but somehow it seems fitting for Guy and I as we love going out to restaurants.
    We aren't afraid of trying something a little different, in fact this often adds to the fun. One meal I will
    never forget is sitting on beercrates at a rickety old table in Tokyo making different animal signs with
    the Japanese lady who was trying to explain to us how to cook our food on a steamer and thus
    create a broth. The food was delicious!

    This year to celebrate our anniversary we managed to get a table booked at L'Enclume in Cartmel
    in the South Lakes. L'Enclume was made a little bit famous when Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon went
    there as part of The Trip on TV. So at the weekend we headed over to the Lakes to the pretty village
    of Cartmel.

    pretty cartmel

    cartmel river

    lenclume garden

    Being The Lakes the weather wasn't forever on our side but it didn't matter too much as we were
    there for the food! And boy the food was good! Here is the 16 course menu we had......

    LEnclume menu


    There are foods on the menu that I have never had before, some I would possibly not pick myself but
    every single course was delicious and clever. The presentation was amazing, some of it just too pretty to eat...



    ...and the staff were brilliant, attentive, friendly and not at all stuffy. The sommelier amazingly on
    the ball, everytime my wine glass was empty he immediately refilled it (honestly I was so impressed
    by him!) At the end of the night (some 3 hours later) I can safely say we were stuffed.

    The following day we had alot of food to burn off so on our way home we stopped off at High
    Force waterfall and did a 2 hour walk.

    carol at high force

    However in the car boot was a fine collection of cheeses which we picked up at the Cartmel
    Cheese shop before leaving which we enjoyed on our return home.

    So it is quite fitting that the anniversary card I designed this year did follow the ATE theme. Its a nice
    little look down memory lane for Guy and I at all the restaurants we have so far visited and will hopefully
    return to some day.

    wedding anniversary card