I’ll Never Make A Professional Dog Trainer.

It’s A Dog’s Life… Our dog is now 7 months old and she is really quite well behaved all thing considered. She still tries to eat slippers and she gets too excited at the prospect of meeting someon new, jumpsall over them and licks them like a lollipop. However we can’t get her to stop […]

Christmas Trees Are Here Again!

Cumbrian Christmas Tree Hunting! This year we will to get our Christmas tree on 17 December from a local farm in Penrith. What a selection you can buy now, no longer just the Norway Spruce but all sorts of different coniferous beauties with blu-green needed to the magical ones that “don’t drop”. Still in our […]

First Snow!

Snow time in the Fells! Last week saw the first flurry of snow of the year. In fact the fells got quite a coating, a white blanket on the tops rather than a light icing. This picture is Blencathra believe it or not. When I got up in the morning the sky was clear and […]


The best side of Ullswater I am definitely biased, I thought I would say that right at the beginning. I believe that Ullswater is the most beautiful of all the lakes and I feel very glad that I live close by. What is it about water? Is it a calming influence? Does it make you […]

Autumn Leaves me Smiling

Glorious autumn colours in the Lakes I don’t have a favourite time of year. I enjoy living in a country where we have distinct seasons so I couldn’t live anywhere where it was just hot, hot, hot. Recently, I met a lovely family from Kuwait who stayed at one of my holiday cottages. I made […]

UNESCO Status for the Lake District

What will UNESCO status do for the Lake District? In July 2017 and after several attempts, the Lake District gained UNESCO World Heritage status. This is quite an achievement as it puts the Lakes on a par with the Grand Canyon, Stonehenge and the Taj Mahal. The difference, of course, is that the Lakes is […]

Beautiful Butterflies and Busy bees.

Its’s not all about the sheep in the Lakes. Shadow is getting older and better behaved, but just not all the time. However she has perfected that hang-dog Labrador expression that melds seemlessly together with the “it wasn’t me, but if it was I am so cute, just forgive me now”. I am coming to […]

Renovating Home Farm House

Creating a Luxury Lakeland Holiday Home… Well let’s try this one more time. We have finished Lacet Cottage and so now it’s time to start a bigger project, three bedrooms and three bathrooms. Home Farm House used to be the gatehouse to the Estate, until Andre Fleming Hudleston allowed the public road to be built […]

New Business, New Dog, Bad Idea?

Lake District Holiday Lets and Shadow Isn’t she cute? Well yes, but she knows it. She is also clever enough to know when she has done something she shouldn’t like, eating my shoes or eating sheep poo whilst out on a walk. As yet, though she knows she shouldn’t do it, she can’t refrain from […]