Friday Five: Lakeland Gardens

For such a northern county, Cumbria has some amazing gardens to visit. Perhaps because of all the rain they seem to be lush green oases in a sea of, well, lush green scenery! I love wandering round them whatever the weather; here's a handful of my favourites. Acorn Bank Technically just outside the Lake District... Continue Reading →

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A rain-check on the storm cloud

Abbot Hall art gallery in Kendal has a brand new exhibition featuring the works of J M Turner and John Ruskin, focussing on landscape paintings, the weather, and Ruskin's work in flagging up climate change. It sounds fascinating, and we had a spare morning on Friday so we hurried over to Kendal to see it.... Continue Reading →

Two have a summer stroll in Coniston

Yesterday we took a break from endless chores and gardening and drove over to Coniston, which we hadn't visited for nearly a year. The forecast was for warm sunshine. In the event it clouded over and the light was a bit flat for decent photography, but we still enjoyed a lovely walk down to the... Continue Reading →

Brief encounters at Carnforth

This morning we headed to Carnforth, mostly to go and see someone about some paving, but the parking charges in the town are now so steep we decided to stick around, make the most of it and visit the Railway Heritage Centre as well. As you might expect, this is based at the station, and... Continue Reading →

Monday Mystery: Well? What well?

Last time we visited the Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry in Kendal, we came across an old map of the shores of (Lake) Windermere between Windermere (town) and Ambleside. It dated from sometime in the 18th or early 19th century, I think - well before the area started to become more developed after the... Continue Reading →

A boatiful new museum?

Sorry about the pun - I couldn't resist. It's true though - there's a new museum right here in Windermere that is both beautiful and full of boats! This is Windermere Jetty (full name Windermere Jetty: Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories), which has appeared on the site of the old Steamboat Museum like a... Continue Reading →

Two go mad at a motor museum

Well, not really - at least no madder than usual. But where do you go on a stormy day when gales are blowing horizontal rain across the scenery and you can't even keep an umbrella up? Answer: somewhere indoors, with lots to look at. And the Lakeland Motor Museum at Backbarrow is just such a... Continue Reading →

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