So, I haven't updated the blog for a bit. (did you know around 1.5m posts are written every day?!) I've been busy doing LOADS of things in the meantime, which I shall woffle on about in some future post, because this one's about the holiday I've just been on. To Keswick. Again. Like last year. And the year before that.
I've stolen the exciting new way of playing with photos from Anne, cos I think it's cool. Just click on the little pics to see all the pics in each set.
This is St Kentigern's (no, I hadn't heard of him either) church, where we went on Easter Day. It's a lovely, busy church, with a choir that sang in tune and which was crammed full of people (some of them under 50!), and just look at the setting, the scenery is breathtaking. They also had simnel cake and coffee in the church hall afterwards where we met loads of other visitors (wonder how many they normally get at services?)
We went for a walk up part of Latrigg, with some spectacular views over Derwentwater.
You could tell it had been a very mild winter as there were still holly berries on the trees. In fact it was incredibly warm and sunny all week, more like summer than the beginning of Spring. Although, as it's further north than home the spring flowers were a little further behind.
These are some photos of Skiddaw, which is near the cottage. We didn't actually climb it (although I'd like to some day. Mum has climbed it before ("in her youth") but claimed her knees were no longer up to it).
Some alpacas were sighted in the distance on the walk up to the Whinlatter Forest Park. Unfortunately the ospreys hadn't arrived yet, but you can watch out for them on this webcam.
We visited both the Wool Clip and Indigo Knits at Penrith. These photos show Indigo Knits, which was fab, with lots of naturally dyed yarn. I bought the crochet bag kit shown in one of the photos, it's Herdwick wool in two different (natural) shades - so I'm not breaking my yarn diet as this is supporting local farmers and a local business and not the sort of thing I can buy at home!
And we went to Grey Stone House Farm (near Penrith) for tea and cake at the farm shop and to see some lambs!
And I'll be back sometime soon (hopefully) with more of an update about knitting and books and things like that.