Two go exploring in Appleby

For a complete change on Saturday we headed to the east of Cumbria, to a small town we'd never been to before - Appleby, or Appleby-in-Westmorland to give it its full name. Appleby lies on the River Eden not far from the Pennine heights of Cross Fell, Great Dun Fell and the like. It's famous [...]

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Tales from the Bunker (abridged)

Last weekend was the Heritage Open Days event, when dozens of otherwise inaccessible (or expensive!) historical properties fling open their doors to the general public.  This doesn't just mean stately homes, but all sorts of smaller, less-well-known, or downright unusual venues.  In previous years we've visited everything from Unitarian chapels to art installations in barns, [...]

Two go exploring in Kendal

Saturday was a day of what's optimistically described as 'intermittent showers', which means it alternates between thick drizzle and bucketing.  We didn't fancy kicking our heels round the house all day, so buzzed into Kendal with our brollies to do a bit of poking about. Although the town is only around 10 miles away, and [...]

Beautiful buildings

There are some stunning photographs of architecture in this gallery from the BBC web page yesterday. I particularly like the one of the Flatiron Building in a blizzard, but each one demonstrates a clever eye for spotting the unexpected view or the strange beauty in artificial, built environments. I just wish all the captions explained [...]