Acorn Bank

It is always fun playing tourist in your local area. Having joined the National Trust last year, yes I am at that age. A look in the National Trust handbook and decided to visit Acorn Bank just outside Penrith.  A breakfast stop at Mrs Miller’s tearoom at Hazeldene garden centre, which is definitely worth a … More Acorn Bank

London baby

London Marathon weekend was here *gasps. Maranoia takes over…. I was a mix of complete nerves and excitement. Those who read my blog will have read my journey. Self doubt along the way, my body showing me we are strong. I was just so happy to have the miles in my legs to fulfil my … More London baby


It’s always nice playing tourist in your area. Dalemain was another of those places I have visited countless times with work but never explored. Dalemain is a few miles outside Penrith. The name Dalemain means ‘manor in the valley’, there has been a settlement in it’s position since the time of the Saxons. The house … More Dalemain 


Having seen pictures of the Kelpies, it had to go on my to visit list. For those of you who don’t know what they are. The Kelpies are 30 metre high horse-head sculptures, standing next to a new extension to the Forth and Clyde Canal, and near River Carron, in The Helix, a new parkland … More Kelpies 


If it wasn’t for my friend Simon inviting is to share his 50th celebrations in Cornwall, I would never have wanted to explore this fantastic region.  In hindsight, it was a bit of a drive at the time for a weekend in Cornwall, especially living up North in Cumbria.  But it was so worth it.  … More Cornwall

Lowther Castle 

This is another one of those places where I have visited tens of times with work but never properly visited. I did go to one of the Halloween nights but it was dark and didn’t see much! 

Afternoon tea at Ryebeck 

A last minute decision to go to this lovely hotel on the edge of Bowness on Windermere for afternoon tea. Afternoon Tea is a tea-related ritual, introduced in Britain in the early 1840s. It evolved as a mini meal to stem the hunger and anticipation of an evening meal at 8pm.


Brantwood was another place which I had passed by hundreds of times but never ventured inside.  Brantwood was the home of John Ruskin, he was the leading English art critic of the Victorian era, as well as an art patron, draughtsman, watercolourist, a prominent social thinker and philanthropis.  Brantwood looks down to Coniston water and … More Brantwood


It’s always nice to play tourist on your doorstep, well I think it is. Mirehouse is a 17th-century house to the north of Keswick in Cumbria, at the foot of Dodd, near Bassenthwaite Lake and St Bega’s Church, on the A591 road. The house has limited visiting times, it is open for visitors from 1:30pm … More Mirehouse