Thursday, 25 August 2011

I'm Baaaaack!

Hello everyone! I've returned from my wonderful holiday in the Lake District. I had the best time and wished we could have stayed longer. I've got a few pictures to share from my trip but no stitchy update this time. The next post will feature a few craft buys from my trip and where I'm up to on my stitching. It's coming soon, as well as other exciting developments - stay tuned!!

Here's the view from our bedroom window at the cottage which I think sums up Eden Valley (the part of the Lake District in which we were staying) very well. Very lush and green with plenty of farm buildings and dry stone walls. And sheep! There's sheep as far as the eye can see.

Me and my boyfriend were staying in a self-catering apartment so the first thing we did after unpacking was pop to the local shop for some supplies. I say local, the nearest place to buy food was in Penrith, 10 miles away! We were both tired after the six hour journey, so opted for a night in with a movie and an early night.
On Sunday, we went on a hunt for Sunday Lunch. The first couple of pubs we went into were very disappointing, the staff in both refused to recognise us at all and I think that's rude. I personally think good customer service is the making of a restaurant. We had to travel into town again and I was thinking we were sure to end up in KFC when I spotted a sign for a carvery. As soon as we walked in, we were greeted by a lovely, friendly waitress who took our order and explained how it all worked. She was just what I was looking for after being treated so rudely in the previous pubs.
The meal was delicious, veggies cooked to perfection, the beef was so tender and I was so hungry after our trek to find a decent place, I had mash potato and roast potato! Here's my lovely plate of food and guess what . . .

. . . I ate the entire thing!

A highlight of our trip was renting a boat out on Ullswater lake, a very picturesque area. My grandad had very kindly given me some holiday money so we used a bit to rent a nice, shiny motorboat. We weren't going to mess around with a rowing boat! After a wonderful lunch in a quaint tea garden (all I did on this trip was eat), we walked down to the lake and got in our boat. I was cheeky and asked the vendor to take our picture, it turned out to be quite a nice photo :)

I cannot tell you how lovely it was out on the open water, with the breeze whipping through us. We were lucky with the weather, but it was never warm enough for shorts and t-shirts. I had never been out on a lake before and I simply loved the experience.
Here's a couple of shots I took when we were on board . . .

I loved the Lake District, it was a wonderful first holiday for me and my boyfriend. The travelling was long, but we stopped for a picnic on both journeys and had plenty of sweets in the car - see, more eating!
Here's one last picture that I took out of the window when we were leaving and it turned out to be a pretty good picture, in my opinion :) 

I've just caught up with my blog reading and you certainly have all been busy. I hope to get in a bit more stitching time before I leave for Uni, but there is certainly quite a lot to do before then. Packing being the biggest of these tasks!
Best wishes to all,

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Dani - tkdchick said...

Becka sounds like you had a lovely get away with the DBF and I do love your parting shot!!

Its nice to get away, enjoy the scenery and eat too much!

Teresa said...

Sounds like a wonderful holiday. Love the boat picture.
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Peggy Lee said...

It was almost like I was on the vacation with you Bekca! Masterchief and I have been very fortunate to live right on the banks of Lake Cumberland here in Kentucky. We swim in water that's over 100 feet deep through the summer and we absolutely love it. I'm so glad you had the lake experience there!

Oh my that plate of food looks delicious. If I ate red meat I would have eaten the entire thing too.

You're right....that last picture is worthy of a frame.

Now don't you feel refreshed?

EveningEmma said...

Sounds like you had a lovely time!

Good luck with the packing. I'm excited for you, mainly because I wish I could go back to uni :P

Jen said...

Glad you had a great holiday. Last picture is fantastic.

Sarah said...

Looks like a great holiday! Sounds like my kind of thing. . . great scenary and lots of food! Your new blog header is looking fab too, it's fun seeing the changes around here :P


Carol said...

How nice to get away before you head off to university, Bekca!! And I love your food photo--is that Yorkshire Pudding I spy there? My dear grandmother used to make it for special Sunday dinners when I was a child. Haven't had it since--that sure brought back wonderful memories!

Love the new blog header, too--fun!!

Lynn said...

It sounds like you've had an absolutely perfect vacation! My DH has a boat and we spend a good portion of our time at the cottage out in the boat on the lake. I love it!!