Bright sunshine!

The sun has got his hat on
The sun has got his hat on,
He’s coming out today.

(Co-written by Noel Gay and Ralph Butler – music and words respectively – from the second act of the 1937 musical Me And My Girl. )

Our dogs have just returned from their early afternoon walk and their coats were warm to the touch, which is a reflection of the weather that we have enjoyed over the past few days. In fact, the weather is presently a little too hot for the dogs to walk far. Both are Pyrenean Mountain Dogs with heavy coats, and they are at present gratefully lying down in the shady environs of our hall and lounge, with at least one of them snoring loudly as she takes a siesta – that’s Maddi, of course!

I thought I would share some photos of sunny Lakeland with you today. It is a shame that the weather forecasts have been all doom and gloom regarding the weather in northwest England and that people seem to have the idea that it is always rainy in the Lakes. I hope these pictures will help to change the perception of the Lake District as a wet place to visit.

Grizedale Forest is about a 20-minute drive from Blenheim Lodge. It lies between Lake Windermere and Coniston Water, near Hawkshead, and is a fantastic playground for cyclists, walkers, thrill seekers, and lovers of art and nature. Explore mountain biking trails of varying degrees of difficulty, try out a new way of sightseeing on off road Segway machines, walk and zip line alongside tree tops with Go Ape, or enjoy more sedate walks on forest paths where outdoor sculptures await your discovery. And when you want a break, head for the coffee shop for a little repast.

Grizedale Forest. (Photo of the start of many a good cycle ride in the forest’ taken on 10th August, 2012 by Tony Richards of

The sun is also shining brightly further north at Derwentwater, an approximate 40-45 minutes’ drive from Blenheim Lodge, our bed and breakfast in Bowness-on-Windermere. Keswick, a largish farming town, sits by the Lake, and is also home to The Theatre by the Lake, where theatre goers can enjoy its ‘core programme [of] home-produced professional drama productions, including a six month Summer Season of six plays in repertoire, a major Christmas production and at least one other production in the Spring of each year.’ (

Derwent Water Marina, Portinscale, Keswick. Photo taken by webcam on 10th August 2012, courtesy of

And finally, here is a photo of something quintessentially Lake District: Herdwick sheep at pasture. And in case you have missed it, they are resting under the trees away from bright rays of sunshine!

Herdwick sheep near Grasmere. Photo courtesy of

Come and enjoy the sunshine with us in Cumbria. We are sure you will have a great time of course whether it rains or shines. However, while the sun is shining, why not make the most of it?

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