January 2013

The new year is now almost a week old, and at Blenheim Lodge, we are gearing up to do all those things that need to be done in order to keep the place looking nice. We will call the carpet-cleaning man in, who will deep clean all our carpets so that they feel like new again. Hubby has the redecoration to get on with and I have to start looking at potential sites to advertise the guest house on. This is the time we take stock and see what else we have to do in order to prepare ourselves for the year ahead.

ellers brow, loughrigg, ambleside

‘9.40 am. Low sunshine through the clouds at Ellers Brow’ on 5th January 2013. Image courtesy of www.lakelandcam.co.uk.

Meanwhile, I am still working on those YouTube videos, refining them as much as I can before I send the copies off to Pui on Monday. Besides this, I will be putting up our information on a couple of global sites, one of which requires input on our daily availability. When I think of the latter, I sigh because it is extraordinarily time-consuming.

With New Year out of the way, our thoughts are now turning to the next big dates in the calendar year that will hopefully attract guests to this part of the UK – Valentine’s Day and weekend. Being such a beautiful place, the Lake District is perfect for spending a romantic getaway, and couples seem particularly to enjoy going for walks, taking the ferries, and dining out. We were not open for Valentine’s last year, but will open this year.

Weather-wise in the Lake District, January has so far brought us cloud, rain, mist, fog and high winds. However, we have not experienced bitter cold. In fact, we have also enjoyed calm days of beautiful sunshine, and temperatures that have encouraged the growth of wild daffodils! Imagine – a spring flower shooting in winter!

daffodils lake district

‘The[se] daffodils were spotted in the woods at Stockghyll waterfall, a short walk from the centre of Ambleside.’ (Photo by Christine Shaw, in Westmorland Gazette’s report on 31st December 2012 entitled ‘. . . Spring is already on its way in the Lake District’. See www.thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk.)

As I gaze out of our windows across to Lake Windermere, I am met with an absolute stillness to the landscape. Our ornamental conifers stand tall and still. No ripples ruffle the surface of the Lake. No sounds may be heard except for the sporadic calls of small birds. If I were to go out of my house now, I would be the only person out on my street.

The Lake District is known for its peace and quiet, and many visitors come here to enjoy both its stunning beauty and that feeling of calm contentment that its landscapes impart. We are fortunate at Blenheim Lodge to be living in the heart of the Lake District National Park, which means that we can be at some of the farthest reaches of the Lake District within 45 minutes or thereabouts. However, as there is already so much to see and enjoy here in the South Central Lakes, we have found that most of our guests do not stray far; but indeed often explore Bowness-on-Windermere, where we are located, and the nearby towns and lakes on foot and by ferry or bus.

lake windermere view

An overcast sky lends its atmospheric presence to a view of Lake Windermere and its surrounding fells as seen from many of our bedrooms at Blenheim Lodge.

Blenheim Lodge . . . panoramic Lake views, peace and tranquillity, nestled against acres of beautiful fields and woodlands, in the heart of the English Lake District National Park.’

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