>Our holiday in the Lake District – warning LOTS of photographs

>We had a fantastic time & luckily the weather held until the last day of the holiday. As we drove out of the Lakes yesterday we heard that a severe weather warning for Cumbria had been issued with really didn’t surprise us as the rain was torrential.

But away from the British preoccupation with the weather on back to the holiday. As predicted the first week was busier due to the family coming along too but we all had fun. They went out every day but our DD likes to stay at the campsite so we had a few ‘lazy days’ during which we read, played cards & I knitted

DH & BIL went up The Old Man of Coniston with Annie. Blue is a wimp who would have refused the hard climb so he didn’t bother to take her.

(Click the panoramics for much larger images, beaware that the images are large but worth it..)

Click for a bigger of the view from the summit of The Old Man of Coniston
View from the Summit of the Old Man of Coniston

Click for a bigger of the view from the summit of The Old Man of Coniston
View from the Summit of the Old Man of Coniston

Annie at the Top of the Old Man of Coniston
Annie at the Top of the Old Man of Coniston

Poor Annie struggled coming down & found the lack of a pathway frightening. DH resorting to carrying her part of the way which isn’t easy as she’s not a small dog.

Annie Knackered
Annie knackered after walking up The Old Man of Coniston

As DH was out all day DD & I went to Ulverston with Blue. We quickly found Spinning A Yarn which has to rival Heirs & Graces as my favourite Yarn shop. I drooled over many yarns including Noro Tao & a locally produced 2 ply Alpaca. But I’d already ordered my August yarn before I went away so I was good & didn’t buy anything. However DD purchased two balls of Noro Kureyon as she wants to try felting. Has anyone got any suggestions as to what pattern she could use with 100g?

On another day all 9 of us went to the Sellafield Vistors Centre. The younger kids had fun but the rest of us were bored silly so it’s just as well the entry was free.

nieces & nephew at the Sellafield Visitors Centre
Brains of the future

DH & BIL were disappointed that they couldn’t go on a tour of the power plant but with the security scare that the country is undergoing at the moment we could totally understand why. They had to make do with this:

Sellafield Nuclear Power Plant
Sellafield Nuclear Power Plant

The countryside is absolutely fantastic & I was far more impressed with the scenery on the journey back to the campsite as we went over Wrynose Pass & Hardknott Pass (known locally as ‘The Struggle’:

Wrynose Pass
Wrynose Pass

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Click for a bigger of the view of Hardknott Pass
Hardknotts Pass

The local inhabitents were extremely hardy:

Herdwick Ewe on Wrynose Pass
Herdwick Ewe on Wrynose Pass

and her lamb was very cute:

Herdwick Lamb
Herdwick Lamb

In the second week we spent a day on Lake Windermere on the boats which we last did 3 years ago.

boat on Windermere
boat on Windermere

Steam boat on Lake Windermere
Steam boat on Lake Windermere

A bouy on Lake Windermere
A bouy on Lake Windermere

dogs on a boat
Airedales on Lake Windermere

red headband
knitting on Lake Windermere

We also went to Aria Force a beautiful Waterfall maintained by the National Trust:

Aria Force Waterfall
Aria Force Waterfall

Aria Force Waterfall
Aria Force Waterfall

Tree roots
Tree roots

We visited another National Trust property Townend which is the most stunningly preserved house. Daisy I agree with you about the library. Photographs were by appointment only so you’ll have to go yourself to find out about it’s charm.

So that’s all folks until the next installment of our holiday – the knitting related purchases which will be coming soon……