Cairns in the Lake District

The Lake District, like so many places on Earth, was home to Neolithic people. As the late Neolithic period gave way to the early and then late Bronze Age, ‘people cleared trees on the fellsides and in the valleys to … Read More

So nice to hear from you

What a nice surprise I received this evening when I picked up the telephone. Sarah, one of our former guests, had rung from London just to have a chat. The last time I heard from Sarah was in 2012, when … Read More

Shopping in Bowness-on-Windermere

One thing I like about the Lake District is the variety of independent shops that can be found in its many towns and villages. Unlike big towns or city centres, Lakeland abounds with individual stores which often sell quirky items … Read More

Cosy and full!

Visitors to our Bowness guest house often want to know where they can stop off for a little repast when gadding about Windermere and Bowness-on-Windermere, so I thought I would write about some small local eateries. Please note that these … Read More

Classic car shows

I watched ‘Flog It!’ today on location at the Coventry Transport Museum, which made me think about the annual classic car shows and rallies in the Lake District. Working and living in a Bed and Breakfast in Bowness-on-Windermere, we often … Read More

Esthwaite Water

Esthwaite Water is probably one of my favourite lakes in the English Lake District. It is located about 20 minutes from Blenheim Lodge, our bed and breakfast guest house in Bowness-on-Windermere, and accessed from our place either via car ferry … Read More

The myriad faces of Lake Windermere

Lake Windermere, or more correctly, Windermere, is England’s largest natural lake at 10.5 miles. By virtue of our hilltop position in Bowness-on-Windermere, approximately 6-7 miles of this watery expanse can be viewed from our room windows at Blenheim Lodge, an … Read More

Travelling to Blenheim Lodge

For those of you who have been keeping tabs on the news, you will have heard that the UK  government had urged people to stockpile gasoline in anticipation of a fuel tanker strike (www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/9170200/Motorists-should-consider-stockpiling-fuel-for-strike-suggests-No-10.html). Of course this has meant that … Read More

Another glorious day!

The sun is shining, the birds are singing, the day is still, and temperatures are soaring – what more could one want on a lovely Spring day? As I type, I can just imagine going for a picnic in the … Read More

Time for romance

One of the delights we have of running a guest house is helping people to celebrate their special occasions. Three years ago, we received a phone call from a guy who wanted to take his girlfriend away and propose to … Read More

Springtime in Windermere

From the looks of the weather, Spring has indeed sprung. Today, my son lay under his vehicle trying to fix a new exhaust section to replace a rotten part. The sun was shining high in the sky and there was … Read More

‘I wander’d lonely as a cloud . . .’

The Lake District – or at least where we live in the English Lakes – seems to be having a spell of great weather. Today, while going about Windermere to do our shopping and visit the bank, I saw people … Read More