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Views of Windermere (3)

Posted: August 17, 2014 in Cumbria, UK
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As well as some stunning scenery, there are also lots of houses surrounding the shores of the Lake. Lucky people to live or work in such a beautiful spot

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Because the Lake is so long there as a car ferry which travels across the middle to reduce the time required to get from one side to the other

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Views of Windermere (2)

Posted: August 16, 2014 in Cumbria, UK
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Continuing our trip around Lake Windermere

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Views of Windermere (1)

Posted: August 15, 2014 in Cumbria, UK
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When Sue and I were in Cumbria a few weeks back we took a boat trip around Lake Windermere. The largest lake in the UK it is also in some of the most beautiful scenery so I thought I would share some photographs of the lake and its surrounding countryside.

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Described by Alfred Wainwright, the walker and writer, as one of Cumbria’s loveliest village, Orton stands on Wainwright’s famous coast to coast walk.

Sue and I were staying just outside the village during our holiday and as we walked into the village we passed Petty Hall.

Petty Hall

Petty Hall


The original building dates from 1604. It’s name comes from Sir William Petty, who lived here during the period of the English civil war. He seems to have been quite an interesting figure as he was an advisor and Commissioner to Oliver Cromwell and then to King Charles II and King James II after the restoration of the monarchy.

We pass over the stream which runs through the village

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Also on this side of the village is the Old School House. now a private house.

The Old School

The Old School

Continuing on you reach the main street of the village.

The High Street

The High Street

Here are the Post Office / General Store and Kennedy’s Handmade Chocolate shop (http://www.kennedyschocolates.co.uk/).

Kennedy's Chocolate Shop

Kennedy’s Chocolate Shop

Across from the Market Place is Silver Yard which is now a coffee shop and local craft collaborative shop (http://silveryardgallery.co.uk/)

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At the north end of the village is All Saints Church, parts of which date from the 12th century

All Saints Church

All Saints Church

All Saints Church

All Saints Church

Not far from the church is the old Waverley Temperance Hotel. This was one of a number of such hotels opened in N England and Scotland towards the end of the 20th century at the hight of the temperance movement. Most had ceased to function as hotels by 1930 as the temperance movement delined in the UK. It is now a private house.

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One of the highlights of our stay was on the last day before we returned to London when the monthly Farmers market came to town and it was clear that people came from the surrounding towns and villages to but from the local producers. we had gone well prepared with cool bags and ice blocks and were able to stock up for our freezer at home.

Views of Kendal (2)

Posted: July 31, 2014 in Cumbria, UK
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Obelsik in riverside park

Obelsik in riverside park

Bridge over River Kent

Bridge over River Kent

River Kent in Kendal

River Kent in Kendal

Kendal Parish Church

Kendal Parish Church

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These are some pictures of a Dark Green Fritillary taken at lakeside on Lake Windermere in Cumbria.

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Kendal Mint Cake is one of the things that Kendal is famous for. It holds the record for the highest confectionery eaten in the world as it was carried up Mount Everest by the expedition of Sir Edmund Hilary in 1953. Hilary and Sirdar Tensing ate Kendal Mint Cake on the top of the mountain. It had also been used on the 1914 trans-antartic expedition led by Shackleton. The reason why Kendal Mint Cake is so popular with mountaineers, hill-walkers and explorers is the high energy value (sugar-carbohydrate-calories) within it. Kendal Mint Cake is not really a ‘cake’ but a high calorie sugar bar flavoured with mint, which can help sustain maximum levels of exertion with just a few bites, it is also an incredibly light weight and compact food source to carry.

It is reputed that Mint Cake was first made in 1869 at the Kendal factory of Wipers, a confectionery company, when a batch of sugar boiling went wrong. However the new ‘cake’ soon caught on and other companies were founded in competition, Quiggins in 1880; Wilsons in 1913 and Romneys in 1919. Only the later is still not producing mint cake as it merged with Wipers in 1988 continuing to produce under the Wipers brand.

The Museum has a display dedicated to the various makes of mint cake.

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Views of Kendal (1)

Posted: July 27, 2014 in Cumbria, UK
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Kendal is the major town in Southern Lakeland and has a population of around 25000. The town is mentioned in the doomsday book of the 11th century, although occupation can be dated earlier. A site 2 miles to the south of the current town centre was a Roman fort from around 90 AD through to around 270 AD. It is mast famous for the production of Kendal Mint Cake, tobacco and snuff, although today tourism plays a large part in the towns economy. It has been nicknamed ‘Auld Grey Town’ due to the extensive use of grey limestone in buildings.

River Kent in Kendal

River Kent in Kendal

I found Kendal to be a wonderful open place with the river running through the town and lovely streets and places to visit and to get something to eat. We also visited the Quaker tapestry museum ( housed in the Towns Quauker meeting house) which houses a tapestry telling the story of the Quakers, which was interesting.

The High Street

The High Street

Bridge over River Kent

Bridge over River Kent

Abbot Hall (now an Art Gallery)

Abbot Hall (now an Art Gallery)

Inside the Museum of Lakeland Life in Kendal there are reconstructed rooms from a Lakeland farm house in the c 18th century. It must have been quite a wealthy farm judging by the rooms. Fascinating to see.

Living room fireplace

Living room fireplace

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Bedroom

Kitchen

Kitchen

Living room

Living room

Sitting room

Sitting room

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3698 Repulse is an example of the Hunslett austerity class of industrial locomotives. It was built in 1950 and saw service for the National Coal board for 25 years before being withdrawn in 1975. It was purchased by the LHR in 1976 and restored and was operating the train service on the day we visited.