On Friday we met Verity and Chris for a lovely day out in the Lake District.
Our first port of call was Kendal, where we enjoyed coffee and cakes in Farrers – an old-fashioned coffee and tea shop in Stricklandgate. Then we wandered around the shops and the market for a while, enjoying the warm sunshine which made such a refreshing change.
‘The Apple Pie’ in Ambleside
After that we made off towards Windermere, where the pasties of Ambleside were calling. Ambleside has a wonderful bakery called The Apple Pie: everyone should try one of their pasties at least once in a lifetime! Their sweet pastries are just as gorgeous – I have never seen such enormous chocolate eclairs, and they were heavenly. I could just eat one now, in fact.
Kirkstone Pass, above Ambleside
Bridge House, Ambleside
We stopped to eat our pasties by the 17th century Bridge House – over the centuries this delightful little place has been used as an apple store, a tea room, a weaving shop, a chair maker’s, and a home for a family of eight – and then we walked around the alluring Rock Shop and the Coach House Gallery. Afterwards, we went down to Windermere and strolled along the edge of the lake. Crocuses and cherry trees were in flower, and the first daffodils were poking their heads out.
I loved the chimneys on this building
Kendal, ‘The Old Chocolate House’
The Apple Pie shop in Ambleside, not to be missed!
Colin, Verity & me
Jackdaw considering nest-building
The Bridge House, and pasty
The Bridge House
Ferns and moss on the old building
Rock Shop, Ambleside
A sea of polished pebbles!
Florist’s shop in Ambleside
Daffodils (dwarf narcissi)
Kirkstone Pass (1)
Kirkstone Pass (2)
Crocus in flower beside Lake Windermere
Me taking pics at Windermere
A spot of tree climbing…
This is a big tree, it’s not that I’m very small!
Ancient druidic tree worship
Looking across Windermere
Sheep and dry stone wall
Windermere from Kirkstone Pass
Kirkstone Pass (3)
As we drove home, Colin and I stopped to take photos from a viewpoint overlooking Ullswater. Some of the peaks were white with snow, while others had just a sprinkling. New-born lambs were playing in the fields, and there was a very welcome sense of spring in the air.
On the night of 27th February, the northern lights were visible across the UK, and we even saw them here in light-polluted West Lothian. Many glorious pics are now being published online – our view was nothing like these, but still exciting! Showers of freezing rain were coming over and the sky was mostly cloudy, but we saw a reddish glow over towards the north and then an eerie green light, which was visible even through cloud. Wonderful! (The pic is not brilliant – best viewed in a darkened room!)
Photos copyright © Colin & Jo Woolf, Chris and Verity Sansom