As part of our Scotland trip we headed south and spent four days and nights in the English Lake District. Oh the beauty, history, and joy of this area! It hit me so deeply and profoundly that I will be forever different in some way.
Here is Hole House, the 16th century cottage that we stayed in during our visit, formerly owned by Beatrix Potter's husband, William Heelis, before being donated to the National Trust. The cottage itself was worth driving down for, let alone the countryside around it and all the sites we wanted to see.
The Lake District is a very wet place. And while we were there it was also on the cool side which made the fire very attractive.
In the UK, all the houses seem to have doors on every room. This is meant to help conserve heat. It also lends to the cozy feeling. I loved the ancient black boards on which the coats hung. I never see wood that old in my normal life.
And I loved the little holes in the entrance way -- perfect for the glass bottles of milk that arrived each morning from the dairy.
It was the view out back that completely captured me. Everytime we drove in the driveway I had to run out back just to see how gorgeous it was! And not another soul or house visible.
I had to take picture after picture of this, trying to memorize it forever in my mind's eye.
Michael enjoyed time for reading in the shelter of the entrance way.
Even with the simplest of ingredients, this was delicious! (Especially with the thickest of local dairy cream poured on top!)
One morning I heard a very loud "moo" and looked down the stairs to see a cow staring at us in the window!
There were other things that stared in the window too!
I definitely had to make use of the dairy delivery and phoned in my order the evening we arrived, ready for delivery in the morning.
Every morning I stuck my head out our window and inspected the day. It was just too story-bookish.
Another view from my open window:
And this is the food we ate the night we arrived: Karen's Lake District Soup. Since we couldn't stay the whole week at the cottage we'd sent a friend on ahead of us to use up the first few days. When we arrived she had the leftovers of her invented soup in the fridge and since there were still more ingredients, suggested I make this for dinner. Oh it was so good, and so perfect for a cold, autumn night. Leeks, mushrooms, ham, rice, cream, and hard cider. The combination is delicious!
So that is where we stayed in the Lake District. At some point I will have to post about what we did.......