Lake District

Last weekend we went for a wedding in Yorkshire, so we had a wee stopover at Bowness-on-Windermere on the way down. It was my first time visiting the Lake District, and it was just lovely. Between leaving the motorway and getting to our B&B though, the satnav took us on a very scenic route…We were driving along extremely narrow roads high up on the hills, including one section signposted as “The Struggle.” I was rather torn between the beautiful view, and visions of plunging to our death – not least while being ambushed by sheep on the motorway.

On the Saturday we went down to Lake Windermere, just about 10 minutes away from our B&B, and went on a wee ferry cruise of the lake.
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Lots of little (and not so little) boats ‘parked’ on the lake
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We also had the most dour ‘tour voice’ man ever; it’s like he found all the sad facts to tell us about, and also managed to sound bitter over really quite neutral facts as well. Quite amusing, really. Anyway here are some cormorants whose acidic poo is destroying the tree leaves on this island…
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Next time we might hire out one of these cute rowboats
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Later on we walked up to Windermere town, just about half an hour away, and went to the LAKELAND FLAGSHIP STORE! I had come home…Nevertheless I was very disciplined and came away with only a new set of salt and pepper grinders, and colourful cup and spoon measuring sets. And some catalogues…

I also managed to finish off the edging on the toddler dress, with this much yarn to spare (please ignore the wrongly crossed cable, I hope to fix it with Yarn Harlot’s voodoo method).Toddler dress 07

I’ll tell you what Bowness and Windermere are missing though: A Haberdashery / Yarn store! I thought I’d get some nice buttons here, but no such luck. Niche in the market there, if anyone’s thinking of going into business!

A lovely wee visit though, and I’d love to go back for a longer stay.
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