My mother made the baby booties and I did the rest. (If you want the recipe, here's the link.)
So, since we were going to be up north all weekend, we made plans to visit the Lake District. I'd never been before, so thought it would be the perfect opportunity to check it out. I booked a place at a National Trust place. They have various cottages and flats that they rent out. We stayed at Acorn Bank. It was a wonderful spot! Just outside of Penrith. We totally had a ball walking through the countryside. I especially enjoyed driving the crazy narrow winding roads. The best bit was this one bump, where you went over it and our stomachs dropped out from under us! It was fantastic! (Yes, I know. I'm nuts.)
Here's some photos of the walks we did.
The Lake District is also famously where Beatrix Potter lived for many years. In fact, she bought many of the farms in the area, and left them in a trust (now called the National Trust, which is now the US equivalent of the National Parks) upon her death. Many of the stories she wrote are set in and around the area, either inspired by her visits to the area as a child, or once she had returned to live as an adult. In fact, if you pay attention to the stories, you can recognise the locations and even the streets! It's pretty cool. We went to Hill Top Farm (her home), but it was raining, so we didn't want to wait the hour before we could get in. Instead, we went to the "Beatrix Potter's World". It had scenes from all the books done out in gorgeous diorama. Really delicate and pretty. They also had a kitchen garden set out like Mr McGregor's Garden, complete with Peter's jacket and shoes!
On Wednesday, we started back home, but rather than driving across on the Moterway, we drove along Hadrian's Wall. It was great exploring the ruined forts and walking along the wall, hiking up to the beautiful crags. At least, that is, until I took a tumble and twisted my ankle. As many of you know, this is not an unusual occurrence for me! I did manage to walk it off, but it was getting late, and we still had a long drive South to make, so we decided to call it a day.
Veni, Vidi, Vici
Great weekend and fun couple of days in the Lake District. I totally recommend it to anyone!