On the Monet

We had a rare (genuinely rare) treat at the weekend - a trip to Abbot Hall art gallery in Kendal to see a painting by Claude Monet. The gallery is a lovely place to visit anyway, with a regular exhibition of local artist George Romney's works, links to local notables such as Lady Anne Clifford, [...]

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Windermere Christmas market

On Saturday we braved the bitter cold (minus 2c, to be precise), wrapped up in our woollies and headed to the Windermere Christmas market. The town held this for the first time last year, and great fun it was too. It was called 'Ja Windermere' in a slightly odd nod to German Christmas markets elsewhere, [...]

Book launches, biblical floods, and best endeavours!

I was really looking forward to this weekend.  Two of my writer friends have new historical novels out ('The Blood of Kings' by Angela King, and 'Pleasing Mr Pepys' by Deborah Swift), and both had launch parties in the space of three days. First was Angela's, which she held on Thursday at the Quarter Lounge [...]

Musical world tour

Last night we went on a musical journey around the world, courtesy of the Lake District summer music festival in general, and Kabantu in particular. Kabantu isn't the latest operating system from Linux, it's a talented five-piece music group which specialises in genre-defying fusion sounds from around the world.  They play everything from South African [...]