Our first day on Monday was spent in the town where we quickly discovered a Herdwick sheep and lamb trail around the town called Go Herdwick. Pictures of lambs and sheep were taken and some were posted onto my Instagram and Facebook feeds.
I also took photos of scenery around the town too
And some more unusual sights
And this gorilla outside a climbing wall centre
Not wanting to look at the shops as they are the same in most town, we ventured just north of the city to see part of Hadrians Wall
David suggested going to Scotland, so we went to Gretna, by which time is was evening and Gretna was shut. We saw the Blacksmiths Cottage, which had a cafe and souvenir shop behind it.
On Wednesday we went of a bus journey to Ambleside and Grasmere. More sheep spotting both model and real ones. It was pretty amazing how a double decker bus manages Lakeland roads and negotiating its way through the villages. We visited a museum in Ambleside which had an exhibition of Beatrix Potters life and drawings and also the smallest NT site we've been to
Bridge House which has just two rooms the top one was once used as storage for apples.
Onto Grsmere and after visiting the gingerbread shop and William Wordsworth's grave we visited Allan Bank where the house was destroyed by fire some years back and after renovation the house has been left undecorated and without its original furniture. People could come in and out of the house, sit and read or draw or paint, or even play the piano. The steward there also pointed out the picture of the NT card is the view out of the window of one of the rooms.
The was a lovely little scene with some knitted Beatrix Potter characters
I then photographed our last Go Herdwick sheep just down the road from the B&B before departing on Friday
On Friday we stayed overnight in Stoke-on-Trent, which we hoped we could have a look around before continuing our homeward journey, but the rain was so heavy we just decided to go home. The weather was awful until we got to Birmingham where it was dry and there was even the appearance of sunshine by the time we reached Southampton.
I'll post some more photos soon.