Saturday, 8 August 2009

The Holiday I Forgot

I was tidying up my Picasa files this morning when I realised that I'd forgottten to post the last pictures of our holiday in Cumbria in May this year. If I don't do it now, I'll have another stash to show you from Cornwall in a few weeks time. One of the places I really wanted to visit was Blackwell, an arts and crafts house overlooking Winderemere. When we visited it was a dull misty morning and I don't think shows the house's exterior looking its best. Of course I couldn't take pictures inside the house - but for anyone who likes the William Morris or arts and crafts designs - you would love this.

Have a look here for some interior shots of the house .

Josh, dearly wanted a boat trip and he chose Coniston for that. I was bit disappointed by the village was a bit touristy, but we did find a few nice views to share with you.

Looking for somewhere interesting to take your dog?

We were lucky to have a trip on Gondola - the boat owned by The National Trust. Here she is dressed in her fashionable Union flags. Doesn't she look gorgeous?

Our last day in Cumbria meant a trip to our favourite, the loveliest of the larger lakes - Ullswater. It is always so beautiful here. That day was sunny with the sun to warm us and make us feel drowsy after our picnic but it I've seen it look equally as beautiful with the clouds rolling among the fells and the rain blowing into our faces as we climbed higher and higher into mystical fells.

An afternoon drive through lanes of rugged dry-stone walls

led us to Ambleside. Again, a bit too touristy for my tastes but we did enjoy seeing this old vehicle brightening up the scenery

Then it was back to our cottage, to spend our last cosy evening and look forward to our next visit.


Simone said...

I have never been to Cumbria and think it looks like a wonderful place judging by your photos. The cottage looks so cosy and inviting too.

Tracey said...

I think the Lake district is beautiful whatever the weather, Your photographs are lovely...I'm now going to teach my dog to read.....

Sal said...

The cottage looks lovely!
I'd really love to visit that area as I have not done so since I was about 11!!

Tabiboo said...

Lovely holiday snaps - that cottage looks soooo idyllic and snug and the sign for literate dogs made me giggle.

Have a good one,

Nina x

MelMel said...

Thank you for it makes me want to go back to the lakes and find the Arts and Crafs house...looks lovely!

I love Patterdale....I have such fond memories of camping there!xx

Katie said...

I did enjoy seeing your holiday pice, thanks for sharing them! I've fancied going to see Blackwell for a while...think a trip might have to be arranged sometime soon! Katie x

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jo said...

Your cottage looks so cosy. We have never been to the Lake District but after seeing your photos I think a visit is overdue.

Jo xx

Felicity said...

it looks like you had a lovely time,and the cottage looks really pretty, fliss xx

Curlew Country said...

What an amazing place the Lakes are. Wastwater is a favourite of ours, bit more off the beaten track. We were up there for an airshow a few weeks ago which was ace but very wet and at Bowness which made for humungous crowds! Blackpool of the Lakes my other half calls it.

Your pictures some up the atmpsphere really wonderfully, especially the final one - what a perfect place to retreat to. Lucky you, sounds like you had a wonderful time, thanks for sharing.

Suzy's Vintage Attic said...

It is a place that I would very much like to visit. For some reason, I have not been there yet. Your photographs are beautiful, The cottage looks lovely!
Isabelle x

louise said...

We have visited the Lake District once and would like to visit again, but next time fly, because it was a long, long drive for us from down here in the South. We did stay in Ambleside in a lovely hotel close to the waters edge. We had a great meal in the town, possibly in the pub in your photo! The Arts & Crafts period is my favourite and I go into raptures for the architecture and gardens of the time. If I win the lottery! x