The drive would normally take about 6 hours from our house, but because we went on a bank holiday weekend, it took about 8 to get there with traffic. It didn't really feel that long and our girls were pretty good most of the way. We stayed at Bank Ground Farm, which was great. When we arrived it was dusk but just light enough to see how beautiful it is there. Bank Ground Farm is on Lake Coniston with a stunning view of the lake, mountains and countryside. We stayed in the B&B there but they also have self catered cottages. Our preference is self catering since that's more fun and less stressful with the girls, but because we booked this trip a bit late in the season, that was what was left. The B&B was very relaxed and comfortable and the food was amazing. If you decide to stay there, definitely plan a meal there. Same for the afternoon tea--their cakes are some of the best I've had.
We had a bit of rain but some beautiful blue skies part of the time as well. We went on a little hike, walked some footpaths through the countryside, hired a row boat and went to Brantwood, the former home of John Ruskin. The little piles of black in the photo below are cows. I was thinking I should mention that because I'm not sure that is obvious!
Lois and Ellie think fairies live in moss, so they are often carefully inspecting moss on rocks. It's really cute.
Lois and Ellie had a blast on the farm, running around like wild half the time. Lois says we need a much bigger garden! I wouldn't mind that either.
We often leave our Canon at home during holidays because it's just so big and heavy and I always wish I had all our lenses with us when we do take it. But we decided to bring it with us on this trip since we weren't trying to pack light as we often do when we go by train. I was happy to get a few good photos of the girls this time around.
I decided not to bring the Canon in the row boat though for fear it might get wet, but I snapped a few with my phone. I have a lifeproof case, so I don't worry about it getting wet. Kind of pricey but worth it if you plan to take it near water, sand, or if you simply have kids!
Of course we were in full parent mode, trying to do things like keep the girls from running up and down the B&B stairs like wild screeching monkeys and telling them for the umpteenth time they couldn't jump on the beds there, but we enjoyed
some plenty wine and sunset time as well.
We never made it into the actual house at Brantwood because we spent so much time in the gardens, 3 hours actually. I didn't expect the girls to be interested for quite that long, but the gardens were incredible. The girls loved exploring the paths, the streams and they always enjoy an activity trail for kids, which was part of the fun for them there.
I got a little carried away taking photos of flowers. There were so many amazing plants and flowers in the gardens at Brantwood, and, well, it's just fun to take pictures of flowers!
Even though we were there for four days, we didn't get to see or do nearly as much as we would have liked. It would have been great to see the other lakes and do more hiking, but that will have to wait until Lois and Ellie are a bit older. We had fun in any case as you can probably tell from the photo below. What kid doesn't like a countryside walk trying to dodge huge piles of cow poo? I've never heard so much giggling and squealing.
But now it's back to school! Back to school means more time to do things like scrub the freezer clean, which I did today (lots more house orgainzing stuff like that on my list) and sewing, yay. I've got a pile of patterns on the sewing table that I'm excited to start!