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England: General LITERATURE + FILM NATURE + GARDENS

The Lake District

June 7, 2014

For the long holiday weekend

we took a quick zip to the Lake District,

the largest and most visited National Park in England

located near the Scottish border

Visit Beatrix Potter's Lake District

You can see how this area has inspired so many authors

including William Wordsworth and Arthur Ransome

The area is known for its

long, thin lakes

hills (known as ‘fells’)

verdant countryside (indicating it rains a lot)

and hardy Herdwick & Swaledale sheep

Aren’t you in love already?

We visited Beatrix Potter’s 17th-century farmhouse, Hill Top,

which was a real highlight

We saw local village locations that appear in her books

such as this letter box

Queen Victoria was the first to put her ‘royal cypher’ on new postboxes
Here, ‘GR’ indicates this letterbox was placed during the reign of King George V (George Rex)
Queen Elizabeth II’s royal cypher is EIIR (Elizabeth II Regina)
Rex/Regina is Latin for king/queen

So glad we fit in this last trip!

Well worth the five hour drive 🙂

English Bluebell Beauties
England: General NATURE + GARDENS

English Bluebell Beauties

Growing in ancient forests, the bluebells are at their peak right now A breathtaking blue mist carpeting the forest floor… – – The English bluebell is a protected species found happily growing in ancient woodlands and particularly fond of blooming under beech trees –…

May 14, 2013
TheEnglish Polo Season
England: General FAMILY ACTIVITIES

The Polo Season

Savoring local sports, we made our way to a polo match – – Knowing nothing about the sport, we were happy we brought a smartphone to educate ourselves during the day – We were surprised by how casual the event was and that some…

May 9, 2013
The Lambing Season at Bocketts Farm, Leatherhead
England: General FAMILY ACTIVITIES

The Lambing Season

One of the dearest things to do in Spring is visit a farm during the lambing season And if your timing is right, you may see one being born Thanks to ultrasound, the farm sorts the pregnant ewes into different pens according to how…

April 10, 2013
Fanciful Toadstools in England
England: General NATURE + GARDENS

Fanciful Toadstools

  I’ll never forget the first time I laid eyes on these beauties when we first moved to England * I thought they only existed in fairy tales Don’t you love their girly ‘skirts’? * These are Fly Agaric toadstools and are ‘toadstools’ by…

November 7, 2012
Mulberry tree
England: General HISTORY NATURE + GARDENS

James And The Giant Mulberry

…And nope, not the giant peach * In an effort to become more independent from mainland Europe (and perhaps another source of taxation) King James I wanted to bring the silk industry to England * It’s hard to say if the French deliberately misled King…

November 5, 2012