I am just so busy at the moment. It's great, but my blog is suffering.
All my activities are going really well and I have lost 4lb in the last 2 weeks, which I'm delighted about. I feel I have more energy and vitality than for a very long time. The weather has been lovelyfor the last few days, so we have been catching up outside, clearing the veggie garden and preparing for the autumn, and then we had a beautiful walk in the Forest of Dean ( just across the River Severn) yesterday, of which more later.
Now - I promised holiday pics of the gorgeous English Lake district so here are some - at last!
We only scratched the surface, I can't wait to return. Do click on the links to find out more as there are more stunning pictures on many of the linked sites.
The Lakes have everything for me, and are the perfect autumn place. The quality of the light is wonderful, the scenery incredible, wildlife and plant life are in abundance, and there is historical and cultural reference everywhere. So many writers and artists have loved and been inspired by the area, from Wordsworth to John Ruskin, and of course Beatrix Potter!
This was the view from the top of the hill behind our cottage, beautiful Tarn Hows.
Two of the amazing ( life size) sculptures which take you by surprise in the Grizedale Forest!
The Steam Yacht "Gondola" on Coniston, sadly we didn't get a chance to take a trip!
Medieval wall painitings in the Church at Hawkshead, our nearest village ( and one of the prettiest places ever!)
The view from the churchyard - stunning!
This is now the Beatrix Potter Gallery, housing wonderful original works, but was originally the offices of her husband, William Heelis', solicitors firm.
This was so pretty, we had tea here.
Waiting excitedly to get into Beatrix Potter's Hill Top ( me not Andy, he was very good about it though!) You must go in by timed ticket as it's so small.....
Part of the wonderful stone circle at Castlerigg, which I managed to take without anyone in shot ( no mean feat!)
The view from Castlerigg.
I will not bore you with the many, many pictures I took of fungi and lichens, but these stood out. This log looked like something out of a fairy tale -
The fairies held a feast, and left their goblets behind in their haste to get away...
And this is more to do with giants. That's Andy's hand and believe me, he's not small - this monster was enormous, more like a tray then a dinner plate!
I will try and do a crafty post this week, and to catch up with everyone's blogs in between finishing Patti's doll, and doing my patchwork and embroidery class homework, oh and going to work and fitness classes. What has happened to my world?
My Horn sewing cabinet comes tomorrow. Sew excited (sorry)!
Have a wonderful week.x