A day out around Buttermere 10/05/19

With our friend Winter to stay for a few days, what better place to take her than back to the beautiful bluebells at Rannerdale. A visit to there on this cold May Day seemed a great way to spend an otherwise grey day.

Although Evie was tired and not looking best pleased here, at least this time it wasn’t raining and the blossoms were out which were really beautiful.From there we drove back to Buttermere, had some lunch, and then set off for a walk along the lake path around Buttermere.

Stopping for the odd moment to take in the view, it’s a truely beautiful place.

Also we had a moment of human kindness – a man who we passed in the opposite direction a few minutes previous, was suddenly running back to us carrying one of Evie’s BOGS (wellies). He passed it to us saying it was too cute to leave on the ground, then ran back to his friends. How lovely.

I just had to include a picture of these sheep with their amazing red fringes.

Then finishing the day by sharing an ice cream from Sykes Farm, some of the best homemade ice-cream around the Lakes for sure!

Strangely the ice-cream made Evie really happy!!

Lowther Castle playground

A birthday present for Evie’s 1st birthday is a pass to Lowther Park, as friends informed us that it has a fabulous playground for kids – from toddlers up.

We have already made a couple of visits, sometimes with friends, sometimes on our own.

For a picnic on a nice day, Lowther Castle does make for a great backdrop.

There is also LOTS of space for kids to run around, and as Evie gets older, to bike around.

After our picnic we headed to the playground and I was immediately impressed.

With a toddler area, there were some slides that Evie could manage independently and a baby zip wire which she loved.

Swings

And a sandpit….

Never mind the endless ramps to run around and explore…

I think this place could keep us busy with fun packed hours for years yet.

Rannerdale bluebells

After a fun swim session and a lovely cafe lunch (picnic aborted due to pouring rain!), where there was fun to be had on an old trike Evie, Sam, Paula and me set of on a very short walk to see the gorgeous Rannerdale bluebells.

Not quite the weather or light for stunning bluebell photography, but dressed in waterproofs and BOGS, Evie and Sam had great fun splashing in all the puddles and wading back and forth through the massive river (small stream).

They spent a little time taking in the beauty of it all to

They even obliged us for a moment, for a photograph in the pretty bluebells.

Once all nicely wet it was time to get into dry kit back at the car and head home .

Underskiddaw (AKA another failed Skiddaw attempt)

Easter Sunday so after a relaxed Easter Breakfast, painting our eggs as is tradition in our family, we set off far too late for a walk.

One day I will learn how walls that look short on maps in reality take many hours.

Parking in Millbeck Underskiddaw, we set off up a very steep path (is any path up Skiddaw not very steep?)

We stopped for a picnic lunch at an outcrop with a gorgeous view over Derwent Water, from a slightly different aspect to what I have seen before. Evie enjoyed a good run around and then we made the decision that despite our height gain, Skiddaw was well and truely out of our sights today.

We toyed with Dodd but from where we were it would have been a big down to go up, to go down and finish a fair way from the car.

So instead we agreed that the best thing was just to enjoy the beauty of the day, give Evie another decent run around, and head back down.

Despite no summits – it was still a very lovely walk and a big effort when carrying a Bean!

Ingleborough caves 12/04/19

We went over to join our friends who were camping, and the days activity was visiting the Ingleborough Caves and nature trail.

I wasn’t really expecting a lot, but they were really amazing and I would suggest to anyone to visit.

Walking up we passed this old building – don’t know what it was but it had a great doorway! Leo struggles to get down to Evie’s height!

It was then time for a picnic- which in Evie’s case happened wandering around as she won’t sit still ever!

But then she wasn’t the only one to eat on the go!

After lunch there was plenty of time for throwing stones in the river.

After first being told I couldn’t use the carrier, the guide then said I could but that I would need to carry it through the low sections of the cave. So with that sorted, it was time to don the helmets!

The caves roof went from interesting to amazing.

Many a stalagtite hanging down from the ceiling.

And lots of other amazing formations within the cave.

Lucy, Dylan & Louis adventuring.

The biggest of the stalactites to hang out under.

Look closely and you see an amazing reflection in the pool of water. In the guides words, look for the fairytale castle.

Caving over – Evie is reluctant to give up her helmet!

The gang hang out after the caving. Sam, Lil, Gudrun, Lucy, Leo, Louis, Dylan , Luke and of course Evie Bean.

Evie finishes off Leo’s ice cream. One happy girl….

But it did keep her busy whilst the others went exploring in places Evie couldn’t go to, and stopped her trying to follow them under the bridge! On the way back down the trail we came across a massive money tree with a fabulous canopy and great for climbing (or going under).

After all that adventuring and a quick visit to the campsite for a cuppa and more playing, it was time for a good sleep in the car on the way home.

Lovely day had by all.

Evie Bean turns 1!!

So the big day. Where did that year go?? Apart from adventuring of course. Our little bean turned one and so to celebrate we had a family day.

We woke to snow and this is something Evie hasn’t seen up close. So we have a pre breakfast play in the snow.

And did some snow biking!

Then deserving of a hearty birthday breakfast….

Before some card opening….

….. and present opening…..

After all that hard work, we thought some special birthday lunch was also in order, so went to Lingholm in Portinscale so some top nosh.

Making sure of a chat with Peter Rabbit in their gardens.

Then for a post lunch stroll, along the base of Cat Bells.

Things taking quite a while at Evie pace, we helped her along to get down to Derwent Water shores.

Here she was free to go rock climbing and potter around.

Then a couple of days later Evie gets ready for her party, making sure the balloons are out!!

Daddy helps her blow out the candles on her 1st birthday cakes with all her little friends to help eat it.

All in all – exhausting!!!

We are all very excited about this next year and watching our little Bean as she grows .

Castlerigg stone circle

After an aborted walk with Beth & Evie up Skiddaw due to very cold winds, I took them to see Castlerigg Stone Circle on the way home, as it was a stunner of a day (just very cold!).

Maybe the cold had put the majority of the other tourists off, as it was amazingly quiet.

Evie has a good chat into Beth’s ear filling her in on the history of the place, before leaving for home.