When asked by friends if we wanted to go to the Lake District in the UK for a extended long weekend, I’m pretty sure my response was a little excited..
After always yearning to go there but always hearing that the weather was dreary and the drive from London was gigantic.. We thought ‘sure, let’s do it’. Worst case we’d spend the anticipated dreary days inside some cosy kitch pub and the nights making stews and reading books or playing cards by the log fire at the old postman’s cottage we’d booked. So the worst case scenario was sounding kind ok ideal..
We headed up the M6 along with the 8million population of London trying to escape the big city. Of course this resulted in huge bottlenecks, accidents and Annabel showing off her new skills of repeating daddy’s colourful language when stick in traffic.. Eeeek! Lesson learnt for me! The 8 hr drive in a torrential downpour followed by Annabel also learning how to open the car door and put down the window was ‘eventful’. Lachlan on the other hand was an angel. Here’s hoping he doesn’t grow up too soon!
However, like a dream, as we pulled into the Lake District the clouds parted and the sun beamed down over the gloriously green hills and sparkling lakes. Yes, the tediousness of the drive had simply vanished away, as we put the windows down and took in the fresh crisp air. This was heaven! From then on we simply took our time driving through the meandering roads to the cottage.
The cottage was definitely kitch and gorgeous. A perfect little place to spend the nights with friends nattering away over nothing important and a glass of wine.
The days were pretty much the same. We just relaxed.. Yes, for me this is a big thing! We had no agenda other than to explore whatever we stumbled across. I wish that I could give you recommendations on where to go and what to see.. But I seriously didn’t even take the names of the places in. We just wondered in and out of pubs, restaurants, galleries, parks and sat in the sun. All I can suggest is that if you need a ‘switch off’ holiday, then head to the Lakes District. Finally I know what everyone is chirping on about!
Here’s some photos of the holiday. I’m pretty sure they sum it all up.