Back home………………..brrrrr it’s cold

Hello everyone. Sorry for the lack of posts over the last few weeks. Couldn’t quite master posting from my iPad. We got back on Saturday morning at 6.30am and after a shower and power nap were at Diz by 10.30am for a decent coffee, eggs benny and a side of mushrooms – heaven.

After 4 weeks of temperatures regularly over 30 degrees C it is hard to adjust to 10 degrees. Still at least we’ve got summer to look forward to.

My last post was just after we got back to London from Paris. We then picked up a rental and headed north to:

Stratford-upon-Avon – not to be missed as a quintessential English town and birthplace of Shakespeare. Fabulous meal at Loxleys on Sheep St; Morris dancing was a hoot – the English version of the haka I guess haha

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Bowness on Windermere – a great introduction to the Lakes District; excellent food at  Jackson’s Bistro and Postilion Restaurant & Bar; must visit trip to Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top Farm where she brought to life her memorable characters; Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddleduck, Jeremy Fisher, Benjamin Bunny, Tom Kitten – there must have been a Rebecca in there somewhere haha. Deb in photo below is standing in Mr McGregor’s garden where Peter Rabbit was born/raised.

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The house is incredible – it is as though Beatrix was there yesterday – her hat and gloves are on the table and her shoes are underneath. For many people the trip to Hill Top is I’m sure something of a pilgrimage.

Windermere – we stayed at the Langdale Chase Hotel on the shores of Lake Windermere – a sort of The Chateau meets Lake Whakatipu – gorgeous. Visited William Wordsworth’s house in Grasmere so the trip up north so far had been very literary.

We have really enjoyed absorbing ourselves in the literary history associated with Shakespeare, Beatrix (we’re on first name terms now) and Wordsworth.

To be honest I’ve never been a great fan of Shakespeare as I could never understand what he was saying!!! Of course I am now!!! Wordsworth I generally get – he wrote 200 years after WS and the English was a bit more understandable. Beatrix I get absolutely and remember reading her stories to the children and Oli of course. Deb of course gets the lot!!!!

Sorry just realised how long this post is getting so I’ll give you a break. More to come.

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