Sunday, 6 June 2010

Back again

We really enjoyed our holiday in the Lake District and were lucky enough to get some beautiful weather.  We stayed  in a cottage on the Priory Manor Estate,  The cottage was small but large enough for the two of us with the most stunning views over lake Windermere. The only downside was the steep bank back up to the main road.  It seemed like walking up a 1:3 and by the time we got to the top we were too tired to go much further.  After the first time we took the car to a view point just slightly along from the estate entrance and walked from there.

Our cottage unfortunately there also my shadow!!
What laid at the bottom of the garden.

We never got tired of watching the light change on the lake or the boats passing up and down.  There were several short walks near to where we were staying and managed to do several of them. One of the reasons we went to the lakes was to see just how far Keith could walk without too many problems.  He did really well and since we've got back we've continued to walk.

Besides walking we did some seeing and visited several tourist sites such as Hill Top Farm where Beatrix Potter wrote Peter Rabbit and her other animal stories. It was smaller than I expected but the gardens were wonderful. In fact the Lakes were in full colour while we were there, especially the Rhododendroms.

We even found the watering can that Peter Rabbit hid in from Mr McGregor, well that's what I think.

We went to Kendal to deliver my evening purse for the charity exhibition and called in at Sizergh Castle while we were in the area.   I enjoyed the house but I loved the gardens.   The door knocker reminded me of the one on Durham Cathedral, its not the same but similar.  And I loved these steps that had seen better days.
We spent a day at Penrith, well I couldn't go there without calling in a Just Sew could I and Keith had discovered there was a timeryard that sold wood for woodturning. That made for two happy bunnies!!  On the way we called in at Aire Force and walked up to the waterfalls.   I did take some photos of the falls but the angle I had to take them at makes them look odd.  
The trees around Aira Force are some of the largest in the country, one a giant PuzzleTree we named the "Nora Batty" tree because its bark looked like her wrinkled stockings.  The bark of others just asked to be turned into textile art of some description.   I'm thinking about what right now.

Everywhere we went the ferns were blooming in great profusion.  These primordial plants seem to take on a personality of their own.  This one reminded me of a druid raising his arms to the sky.  Whilst the larger one is keeping his eye on you.


Rosalind said...

Keith would probably enjoy:G & S Specialist Timber Alpaca Centre Stainton, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 0HA I know my DH did! :o)

Beatrix Potter's house is just along from Far Sawrey school where I did my first school practice. The bus dropped me at Hawkshead and I had the pleasure of walking up to the Sawreys past Esthwaite Water each morning. A great way to start the day! :o)

Julie said...

Sounds an idyllic holiday! Glad you had a good time and good weather.

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Angelcat said...

Looks like you had a lovely holiday. I go to the Lakes in 2 weeks so am hoping to have the same lovely weather that you did :)

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