Salute to Lakeland’s sheep

I saw a wonderful photo of some Lakeland sheep, which has inspired today’s post. Keith Twentyman of Cumbria’s National Farmers Union says, ‘A lot of people, particularly visitors, think the Lake District is natural. It isn’t. It is a managed … 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

A clear day

I woke up today expecting rain, but was pleasantly surprised. Outside, bright blue skies beckoned, and the air was still. Not a breath of wind stirred the tiniest leaf. It’s days like these that make the colder months of the … Read More

Clouds

Today saw the last morning of our Malaysian visitors’ holiday with us. They had been staying for the previous eight nights and, as is the way of Lakeland weather, they had experienced all variations except snow. However, they could see … Read More

Postcards of the Lake District

The saying goes that a picture is worth a thousand words, and most postcards do this well. However, great picture postcards do not simply capture an image but go one step further: they encapsulate within the confines of a small … Read More

Day out on the buses

This morning saw me helping an elderly couple who wanted to visit the areas between Bowness-on-Windermere and Keswick. As they did not have private transport and the skies were a bright blue with every indication of good weather for the … Read More

Pretty villages in the Lake District

There are many towns, villages and hamlets in Cumbria, home of the English Lake District. My inspiration for today’s post comes from watching ‘Escape to the Country’ this afternoon. The presenter, Alistair Campbell, was helping a couple to find a … Read More

Some Cumbrian denizens

I was going through another lot of photographs today taken by Pui when we were out together in the summer. It occurred to me that some creatures living in Cumbria and the Lake District are so common that they seem … 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

Single rooms in Bowness-on-Windermere

Bowness-on-Windermere is a bustling town with serviced accommodation to suit all budgets. Most hotels, guest houses, and small bed and breakfasts offer double, twin and family rooms, but not many have single rooms to let. At Blenheim Lodge, however, we … Read More

Beatrix Potter country

One of the best known denizens of the Lake District was Beatrix Potter. The author of the Peter Rabbit stories, her tales are well-loved by children all over the world. In particular, there seems to be a huge Japanese following, … Read More

Visiting ‘our home from home’

Hubby and I said goodbye this morning to some guests dear to our hearts. Heather, her husband, and her mother hail from Northern Ireland and they have been visiting us now for the last 10 years. Her mother always says … Read More