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The Lake District, aka Lakeland, aka Cumbria
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When we started out today, it was just Sunday, our one full day in the Lake District, but as we started driving, we were reminded of the significance of the date on the radio when BBC Cumbria news reported New York was getting ready for a remembrance ceremony. I can't believe it was four years ago...it seems much more recent, and I still feel for the victims and their families.

At any rate, we enjoyed our day out driving, with luckily enough beautiful weather again! I was very glad I wore short sleeves, and a couple times even wished for shorts or a skirt. ;) I was driving again to start, squeezing our little Ford Focus between the tall verges and the blazingly fast oncoming traffic, as we stopped for as many photos as we liked. I swear half of Ben's hundreds of photos today were of SHEEP! Granted, they are cute, but sheesh! haha...

Ben's "Britain's Best-Loved Driving Tours" book had suggested a circuit around the Lake District so we decided we'd try a chunk of that & see how far we got. We headed through Bassenthwaite with its lake, over Whinlatter Pass where we saw some alpaca shorn to look like giant poodles!...past Buttermere at Crummock Water, over the steep Honister Pass where our little car wasn't the only one having trouble getting up the hill, stopped at the slate mine at the top, then through Borrowdale into Keswick, where we stopped to see the town. It has a nice pedestrian town center, obviously the biggest tourist & shopping spot in Lakeland, seeing the Teapottery shop with the collectable teapots in every possible novelty shape & size, plus even the Norwegian Shop full of Dale of Norway sweaters - heh! We split a Cumberland sausage, cheddar & tomato sandwich, strolled around, then had some local ice cream on the way back to the car, as I bought a local artist's watercolor for my travel collection.

Since by then it was already 4pm, we decided to modify the driving tour & head directly for the Lake District Visitor Centre at Brockhole on Windermere "lake," arriving just about 4:45 when they closed at 5pm. I bought a small handmade rush broomstick, perfect for Halloween of course, and Ben bought some souvenirs too, then we headed out for views of the lake. The last cruises had already sailed for the day, but we could see lots of sailboats in the low afternoon sunlight, making for beautiful views down by the shore.


Windermere in the afternoon light

We got back to Uldale by 6ish, in time to take some photos of the town before dinner. I like the official Uldale signpost, and here is also the Snooty Fox itself. Another yummy dinner, then I had sherry trifle for dessert, now we're packing completely since we turn the car back in at Heathrow tomorrow evening, so everything has to be consolidated for the tube ride into London!


Uldale signpost


The Snooty Fox Country Inn

Until next time!