Sculpture vultures

Abbot Hall art gallery in Kendal is perhaps one of the town's best kept secrets. It nestles down a side alley, past a car park, on the edge of the river next to the church, but hidden away behind its own original stable block, now the Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry. But if you... Continue Reading →

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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,... Continue Reading →

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,... Continue Reading →

A bit more exploring in Kendal

What do you do on a damp September Monday morning, when you've had your latest novel rejected and are feeling a bit down in the dumps?  In our case we stuck two fingers up at work and headed into Kendal to do a bit more poking about.  And had a surprisingly fun time again. This... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

Woolly things

This morning we pottered in to Kendal to visit the Woogathering festival for the first time since we moved up here.  Every year since we've managed to miss it, either through ill health or through being somewhere else in the country the one weekend it was on. This year, we were determined to go, and... Continue Reading →

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