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  • Day9

    An evening at Grasmere

    June 28, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Last night after dinner Keith kindly drove us to Grasmere. This is where William Wordsworth lived for a significant portion of his life, and where he is buried. It is light here until 10pm so we were able to have a good look around without the crowds of people which we would have joined if we had visited during the day.
    We visited the area adjacent to the churchyard where there are approx 3000 inscribed pavers. The people who subscribed about £100 for each paver wanted to be part of this scheme which as well as commemorating William Wordsworth also contributes to the upkeep of the church grounds.
    Keith also drove us to see Dove Cottage which is where Wordsworth lived. It is a white washed building adjacent to a cottage with very unusual chimney pots. By turning 90 deg on the same spot you can see the Fells which surround Grasmere. These substantial hills rise to over 1000 feet, and provide a photographic backdrop to Grasmere.
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    Ted's travels

    Yes I have visited the church and the brave in 2015

  • Day15

    Ambleside, UK

    July 30, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌧 18 °C

    Bonjour 👋🏻,

    Aujourd’hui devait être une journée de parapente pour Julie (cadeau du 50e car elle n’avait pas eu de place en NZ quand je l’ai fait) et de son fils mais malheureusement lors de notre appel d’hier pour réserver, les conditions n’étaient pas propices, donc partie remise. On va voir si on aura plus de chance 🍀 en Ecosse.

    On en a donc profité pour passer un peu plus de temps à York, ha non je veux dire Jorvick!!! En 960, les vikings habitaient à Jorvick qui est devenu avec le temps York. On a visité l’attraction la plus populaire (amateur de family feud, voici une réponse ) de York en 2018, « L’expérience Jorvick ». Ils ont en effet très bien organisé cette visite. On s’assoie dans une espèce de buggy à six personnes et on se promène (sans marcher 😆) à travers l’histoire des vikings. Je dois dire que ce peuple était très intelligent, ils avaient tout, maisons, marché pour vendre un panoplie d’items, poêle 🍳, ustensiles 🥄, peignes à cheveux, etc. C’était très impressionnant. Le seul hic, les gens mouraient plutôt jeunes...30 à 45 ans!

    Par la suite on se déplace dans un autre parc du UK, soit le Lake District. Un autre trajet de 3h30 de voiture 🚗 vers le nord ouest (ben oui on se promène en zig zag au UK). On voulait faire cette fois-ci le plus haut sommet de l’Angleterre, le Scaffel Pike mais le centre d’information, nous ont découragé 😞 un peu (faut dire qu’on avait pas fait nos devoirs avant de partir pour celui-ci), ils nous mentionnent qu’il faut savoir lire des cartes pour se rendre au sommet et que ce n’est pas évident pour une première fois. De plus, comme on n‘avait pas bien planifié cette montagne ⛰, on est dans un village qui est pas mal loin du point de départ, mais tout un beau village quand même. On va quand même faire un trek à partir de ce village-ci, en plus, demain, la météo est de notre côté, beau temps prévu, car ce soir nous avons eu plusieurs averses. Je vous écrit demain au sujet du trek.
    Incroyable mais vrai, les routes sont encore plus étroites et à double sens, 😣

    Dans notre village d’Ambleside, on a vu une des plus petites maisons 🏠 du UK, qui a été conservée depuis le 17e siècle.

    Voilà pour aujourd’hui, je vais terminer ma bière Made in UK Wainwright, the golden beer!
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    marie-pierre leger

    Ouahhhhhhh, du parapente, ma chum est ben courageuse! 🤪

  • Day8

    At Windermere

    June 27, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    Yesterday was spent travelling from Ascot to Windermere. There were train changes at Reading, Manchester, and Preston . Then at Oxenholme the train was replaced by a bus to Windermere. The train service is very efficient.
    In Windermere we met Beryl and Keith. Beryl and I have a connection through both being descendents of the Higginbottom family. It is four years since Beryl and Keith drove from Canberra to Benalla to meet us, so there was lots to catch up on.
    As soon as we left the rail station at Oxenholme it became apparent that there was an abundance of stone in this area. There are many dry stone fences all impeccably built. But what is more impressive is that the buildings are also built using these stones. Unfortunately I did not take the tablet to dinner last night so photos of these buildings will have to come with the next installment.
    Included here is a church at Sonning built of flint which is prevalent there. Anita said this is the church Theresa May attends. Also a photo from the hotel window at Windermere. Next the boat house at Blue Coat and a tub of flowers near the loch at Sonning.
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    Anita Marcun

    Sounds like another busy & enjoyable day! Picture with Keith, Beryl & Dad please (assume you will need to take the photo).

  • Day10

    Up hill after breakfast

    June 7, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    And after lunch, but finally a long steep down hill to Grasmere, about 16 K.

    It was a stunning day’s walk, we took the long route of course. We came up out of the valley we were in last night following Stonethwaite Beck, then up to Lining Crag, then Greenup Edge, we stayed on a ridge top and walked up and down along to Helm Crag before going down to Grasmere. The views were just amazing, it was a long hard day because of the climbing and tricky descents but the views were unbelievable. Our book describes today’s walk as a Lakeland classic. Photos can’t really show the amazing views.

    Of course there was unlimited toast this morning so we were in fine form.

    Our colleagues from Group 1 were there to meet us in Grasmere, looking very fresh and relaxed. We’ll have dinner with them tonight, they go on tomorrow while we enjoy a rest day.
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    mary szczerbiak

    mary szczerbiak ... those hills are amazing. you need all the toast you can get to conquer them. Freddie would like the decoration on the cairn.

  • Day9

    Beatrix Potter's Cottage

    June 28, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Thank you Jenny for suggesting that it was worthwhile visiting Beatrix Potter's cottage. Beryl and Keith kindly drove us there this morning. It was another sunny day but a couple of degrees cooler which was good. We got there early and got ahead of the coach loads of tourists which arrived later in the morning. There can be up to 800 people visiting each day.
    The house was furnished with furniture of the era and had been left to the National Trust together with several farms and houses which the author had acquired during her lifetime. Drawing and painting had apparently run in the family as there were a series of plates which her father had painted. There were also some large paintings hanging on the wall which had been done by her brother.
    The garden was full of swathes of bright flowers whilst the vegetable garden had huge beds of rhubarb and strawberries. There were also gooseberries, beans, radishes etc.
    One interesting thing we saw during the morning was the dry stone wall opposite Hill Top cottage, which is what the house was called, beng repaired. I asked the guy for permission to photograph the process which was quite different.
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    Jenny Sawyer

    So glad you liked the cottage. Beatrix was certainly a forward thinking conservationist.

    Brian Greed

    Great Piano !

  • Day120

    Day 120: To the Lake District

    June 15, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Long day of driving today! We left our apartment around 9:30am and hit the road heading south-west towards the Lake District, supposedly one of the prettiest areas of England. It was a long drive of a couple of hours, and we didn't stop anywhere en route aside from refuelling. Although we were sort of doubling back on ourselves (the Lake District is not too far from Liverpool where we'd been a week earlier), it was about the best time we could fit it in.

    We got to the main town of Windemere around 12pm, and then headed down to Lake Windemere where the town of Bowness was located. The lake here is the largest of all the district's lakes, and several different cruise options run up and down its length. We decided to do the Ambleside return journey, which was about 45 minutes each way up and down the north side of the lake.

    That boat left at 1:15pm, so we grabbed some lunch first of fish & chips of course. Had a look through the shops (mostly expensive tourist stuff, as the town seemed 100% tourism based) before hopping on the boat and setting off. Thankfully it wasn't raining, though it was very windy out on the lake and thus still quite cold.

    Nice journey up to Ambleside though, and since there was a licensed bar on board we both enjoyed a drink. Unfortunately we didn't have time to hop off and explore Ambleside, as of course our parking was set to expire in about an hour, so we'd have to hurry once the boat docked.

    As a side note, parking drives me absolutely crazy in this country! You have to pay for parking literally EVERYWHERE, and it's either "pay for x time in advance" or "ridiculously expensive flat rate". It's extremely rare that you just park somewhere and then pay per hour when you get back or something. And of course, most machines take coins only, no cards. And they don't take the new 1 pound coins either. And no, they don't give change either. Feels like a business that's massively ripe for disruption like with Uber and taxis, because the first parking meter was invented in the 1930s and almost nothing has changed. Crazy.

    Heading back out of Windermere, we drove northwards to the small town of Grasmere. This was just as touristy as Bowness and Windermere, but smaller and less crowded. It also seemed to have normal shops in addition to souvenir shops, which was quite nice. There's a famous gingerbread shop here which we visited and grabbed a six-pack, even though neither of us are particularly fond of ginger. It was very nice, once you got used to the spice of course!

    Had a little walk around and a coffee in a cafe, while it drizzled rain for a little while. Headed back to the car via William Wordsworth's grave - he's buried in the local churchyard here as he was a local and lived here most of his life I think. Certainly many of his poems were about the area, and it inspired him quite a lot. Or so I've heard - I'm not really one for poetry!

    Late in the day now, and we drove northwards again to Troutbeck and our accommodation for the night. We were staying in a multi-room B&B, run by a man from Wigan whose accent I picked as being "Manchester-ish". Unpacked and relaxed for a while before heading out for dinner in bucketing rain that had rolled in. Sadly for us the pub across the road had no tables free, so we drove about 5 minutes back up the highway to another pub. Thankfully there was space here, and we had a nice pint and food, though there was a noisy group of old men next to us. Talking about politics, great.

    Back home where we crashed what felt like early but actually wasn't - as we approach the solstice the sun isn't setting until nearly 10pm! Very strange.
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    Joel Baldwin

    Tourist shops in Bowness

    Joel Baldwin

    Ambleside Pier

    Joel Baldwin

    On the boat with an uncooperative dog

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  • Day7

    Day 3, via Greenup Edge

    June 29, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 10 °C

    Seriously tough/beautiful/testing/rewarding day... topped off with best meal of the trip so far.

    We got lost... at the top... in pea soup fog... in a bog... ankle deep usually... knee deep occasionally... probably 2 hours added to the walk.
    Either side of that, when the fog lifted, the walk was great.

    Come to England in summer, they said.
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  • Day11

    I wandered lonely as a cloud.....

    June 8, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

    Wordsworth and all that. Wordsworth’s house, Dove Cottage, and his grave are here in Grasmere. It’s a gorgeous little tourist town, a bit “Cockington Green” like. Lots of galleries, craft shops, cafes and outdoor shops. Very relaxing day, late breakfast, washing, shopping and generally taking it easy.

    I’m not sure about the defibrillator in the old phone box; is it for elderly tourists or exhausted walkers?

    The sheep we have been seeing and hearing are Herdwicks, local indigenous sheep (they’ve been here since the 12th century), that apparently play a big role in maintaining the Lakes District environment. Beatrix Potter was a big fan of “Herdies”, she was President of the Herdwick Sheep Breeders Society when she wasn’t writing about Peter Rabbit.

    The town is also famous for its ginger bread, great stuff. I bought some but I don’t think it will last until I get home and I’m not sure I’d be allowed to bring it in anyway.

    Group photo courtesy of Angela, taken on our way up, (and up) yesterday.
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  • Day16

    Ambleside, UK

    July 31, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Bonjour 👋🏻,

    C’est un autre jour de trek aujourd’hui. On s’est informé de nouveau pour le plus haut sommet de l’Angleterre auprès de notre hôte qui est une experte en montagne ⛰ et effectivement on est à 1h15 du point de départ et ça peut se compliquer lorsqu’il fait pas beau ou bien que les nuages sont très bas 🧦(ce qui arrive très fréquemment ici 😜), la carte et le compas sont requis. Donc, on n’est pas assez équipé et connaissant pour faire ce trek.

    Pour un plan B, on a fait quand même un très beau trek de 10-12km. Il commence par une petite montée le long d’une chute et ensuite une montée pas mal en ligne droite du Wansfell Pike, un sommet de 520 mètres sur une distance de 2.5 km, ça montait en titi comme dirait l’autre. Mais la vue en valait vraiment 😳 la peine, c’est jamais aussi beau en photo. C’est un autre sentier où on circule sur les terrains des fermiers remplis de moutons. Ensuite, descente en douceur jusqu’au village Troutbeck où là, on circule sur la rue (ruelle) pour quelques mètres (très petit village). Le sentier se poursuit sur les terrains des fermiers 👨‍🌾 , où l’on peut voir le très grand lac Windermere pour éventuellement retourner à notre village d’adoption Ambleside. Ce fut une marche d’un bon 4h.

    Et comme on n’avait pas assez marché, on continue pour magasiner au village. Je n’ai jamais vu autant de boutiques de plein air par habitant, on a dû faire pas moins d’une dizaine de ces magasins sur 2-3 rues et oui, on a acheté donc, on n’a pas fait ces pas de plus pour rien.

    On termine le tout par une bonne bière 🍺 dans le pub Queens Hotel.

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  • Day13

    D13 Scotland to England

    July 17, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

    Today we knew was going to be a hard one because:
    A) We were leaving Scotland- which meant saying goodbye to loved ones.
    B) Driving 220ish miles (354km) while trying to stop and admire many the beautiful view.

    For the last two mornings, my Auntie Bella and have so kindly laid out brekkie for us and today was no exception! With our bags packed and our bellies full, many hugs were given and compulsory photos were taken. We are so thankful for Bella and Billy- we will miss the late night chats with copious cups of tea...

    We had a great morning as I introduced Ant to a couple more relatives of mine, who took us out for brunch. Apparently Scottish cafes don’t cut the mustard, so to really impress a guest, brunch is to be consumed in a glass house near a castle. Go figure.
    I think I may have sent the poor waiter into a head spin when I asked about non-dairy milk options....I clearly need to learn my target audience better. To add insult to injury, the coconut/soy/monkey beard milk he was using wasn’t frothing for my cappuccino so I said I was happy to slum it flat white style. Breakfast was beautiful- pancakes, salmon and eggs and the largest vat of porridge you’ve ever seen. Thank you again Aunt Moira and Uncle George- you spoiled us rotten.

    On our way down the coast we stopped off at Dumfries House and Gardens in Cumnock, which was just amazing. We were pressed for time for the agreement was to see as much as possible of the garden in as little time as possible. Yeah right- over an hour later we reluctantly ran back to the car totally blown away by what we’d seen. I’m not a huge fan of gardens as I wouldn’t know where to start, but Ant is totally in his happy place. And in saying that- if I come across a veggie garden, which I did, I can also lose track of time. 10/10.

    From the moment we left Prestwick, the heavens had opened and it was either lightly raining or right pissing it down. That, with wanting to reach our destination by dinner time, made the journey a bit more challenging. We reached the Lake District after 5pm and had fun zooming down the tiny roads at 100km/hr (sorry Mums!)! It was such a vast expanse of mountainous highs and lows- it was probably a good thing we couldn’t pull over for photos every 5 minutes! Ambleside was our only pit stop and was so cute -very busy- but was full of character and we’d definitely go back as there looked like plenty of walks nearby.

    Once we reached our accomodation in Manchester, we spent the night relaxing and catching up with old, and new, friends. Can’t ask for a better way to finish a day!
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    Don’t know whether u remember ur last visit to the Lake District Katey...we had to kit u guys out in Wellie boots! Def worth another visit....a beautiful area 😊


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