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 →

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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 →

Friday Five – unusual street names

The UK's towns are full of history, often reflected in their odd street names. Here's a small collection I've gathered on my travels around the country over the last few years: High Wiend, Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria Appleby used to be the county town of Westmorland and mostly dates from the early twelfth century when the castle... Continue Reading →

Two go on a protest march

Well, march might be pushing it, but we certainly took part in a protest on Saturday against the current state of Northern trains. When we first moved to Windermere, one reason for choosing the town was the fact that it had a rail station, with reasonable links to the outside world. Trains ran roughly every... Continue Reading →

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,... Continue Reading →

Friday Five – daft birds

Birds can be really difficult to take good photographs of - just as you click the shutter they move, squawk, waddle away or fly off. But over the years I've been lucky enough to snap a few memorable, and unusual, shots, which I thought I'd share with you here. Seagull, Windermere This seagull was cheerfully... Continue Reading →

Autumn colours – and snow!

I got cabin fever this afternoon so set off for a walk round the local streets - and because we'd had the first proper snowfall of the winter overnight, I took my camera with me. It wasn't sunny, but there were odd brighter gleams amongst the dark clouds, just enough to light up some of... Continue Reading →

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