Hutton John Estate
Hutton John Estate
Hutton John Estate

life on the estate

The Lake District is a stunning place to visit any time of the year and is lucky enough to be gorgeous even in the (sometimes perpetual) rain. Our beautiful corner of the Lake District is home to a host of wildlife and has a character all of it’s own. This Journal tells of moments in time upon the Estate and will give you a seasonal view of the place we wish to share with you.

Recent Posts


Seasonal Cycle

October 5th, 2020

Mother Nature never fails to impress me. This last week I have been reminded of summer with some beautiful roses at Lacet Cottage.   Then of course a storm arrived on Saturday and it rained and rained and then it rained some more. Chris has spent the last threeweeks or so fixing drains on the… Read more »

A Summer Of Sorts

July 7th, 2020

Better Times Ahead In March I reflected on the start of Spring, finally… I seem to be obsessed with the weather, but there has been good reason for that over the past six months or so. I have been trying to remember what the sun looks like and how lovely it is to have the… Read more »

Mercurial Weather

February 25th, 2020

Someone said this to me yesterday and I thought it was the most apt way to describe the last month of weather- mercurial. Mother Nature has thrown everything at us. Hail and sleet followed by snow and sunshine and more rain than I have ever seen. There is no point looking at the weather forecast… Read more »

Who Says Romance Is Dead?

December 24th, 2019

A Moonlit Walk Well doesn’t that sounds lovely. Getting out in to the wonderful outdoors with the company of a loved one and the moon to guide your way. Romance still survives, except of course in real life the moon lit walk is at 7.30am and my loved one is my faithful hound Shadow. The… Read more »


November 30th, 2019


October 30th, 2019

Leaves and Time Autmn has arrived again, The leaves are fading from green to every shade of rust, copper and gold. And now as the frosts begin to descend in the mornings the leaves are all forced from the trees and there is a melee of crispy, crunchiness underfoot. It’s a wonderful sound. Time has… Read more »

It’s Raining Again

September 27th, 2019

Autumnal Thoughts After a wonderful spring and Easter, certainly weather wise, you might have been forgiven for thinking a wonderfully warm summer was on the way. Alas it was not to be. In vivid contrast to last year’s drought we have had a very wet August. someone asked me was I surprised truly I have… Read more »

Henry the Hedgehog

June 25th, 2019

Garden Wildlife I am always amazed how much wildlife I can almost literally fall over, just outside my front door. We have a lovely hedgehog which is often found in the garden. I always think of hedgehogs as being small, but in the flesh they are quite large. They are under threat in towns as… Read more »

Blue and Black

May 22nd, 2019

Wish You Were Here. The Spring weather has been a meteorological smorgasbord. Easter was so hot and gloriously sunny. I always fear that when we get such an unexpected burst of Summer so early in the year, that that will be the zenith of our year and what will follow is just greyness and rain.… Read more »

Where’s The Pretty Picture?

April 24th, 2019

Keep The Lakes Tidy You might ask why I have included the picture below of a black bin liner full of rubbish. We went on litter picking duty again at the weekend. We collected this lot over a half mile stretch of country road near to where we live. It didn’t take long but it… Read more »