Saturday, August 3

Keswick England & The Lake District - We Stayed on a Farm

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Note: We recently returned from three MARVELOUS weeks in Europe! Over the next little while, I'll be sharing our adventures with you {as well as some of the things we learned}. We chose to plan our own trip because we couldn't picture ourselves on a tour bus with a bunch of other tourists. Whenever possible, I'll explore the myths & stereotypes that I've always heard & if they are true or not. I'm going to be honest about our opinions & experiences - in doing so, I hope I don't offend anyone.

We had been told how beautiful The Lake District is but I would have to say it exceeded my expectations! 

Here's a sample of one of the beautiful drives we took in the Keswick area . . . 

It is not uncommon for sheep to be wandering - or relaxing - on the road!
Our bed & breakfast in Keswick was one of my favorite places we stayed while in Europe & the UK. Ashness Farm is a 500 year old real working farm with all sorts of awesome animals. 
I fell in love with a sweet little Belted Galloway calf named "Poppet". 
Photo by C. Lunt
He was abandoned by his mother & he has to be bottle fed twice a day. Guess who volunteered for the job?! He downs a bottle of about 2 gallons in about a minute. Here's a video of Poppet following me around the pasture after one of his feedings. Make sure to notice his huge bottle in my hand!
Our rooms were so lovely & clean. {But no televisions!} Hunny & I stayed in the "Catbells" room & the boys were in "Causey Pike" {named for area "fells" which means a hill or stretch of high moorland}.  Anne made us a hardy English breakfast to give us a great start every day. I especially loved the view from our window {lower right, below}. There are very few bugs in the UK & the windows seldom have screens. It's so great.
While in the Cumbria area, we saw the Castlerigg Stone Circle - which we call "Mini Stonehenge". We also hiked round on the "fells" & visited the Honister Slate Mine. {Our Ashness Farm hostess Anne made us a sack lunch to take & we picnicked at the top of a hill}. TIP: If you buy something at the Honister Mine gift shop, you won't have to pay for parking.
- Photo by J. Lunt -
We also enjoyed shopping & eating in beautiful Keswick.
I hope we get to visit this area again some day. 

Want to read more about our adventures? See the links below:

2 comments:

  1. I am loving your recaps!! That huge bottle you were carrying around is hilarious.

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    1. Thank you Em. It is so fun to relieve these memories. The bottle cracked me up too. And it only took him about a minute to drain it! So glad I didn't have to nurse a baby who needed that much milk! Ha ha!

      Warmly, Michelle

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