Today I’m posting photos from a couple of weeks ago when William and I were at Bay View for a few days and had decided to take a drive up the west side of Lake Windermere to Sawrey. Sawrey being the location of Beatrix Potter’s cottage. We stopped at a couple of places along the route.
Esthwaite Water being one of those places. We parked the car and walked to the waters edge. Fishermen in boats were doing their thing. I always think it looks ever so nice when you see fishermen standing up in boats but at the same time I don’t think it looks particularly safe. Think I’d rather sit down myself.
The whole scene was so calm and relaxing. The view across the water was idyllic.
No picnic tables were in evidence so we opened the rear door of the car and used the back shelf. A dull, damp and overcast day it might have been but that didn’t detract from the fun for me. The smells of the damp earth, trees, dead leaves, the water and so on are all heightened on days like that and to me it’s all the better for of it.
Travelling in a northerly direction the next stop we made was Hawkshead. We encountered rain there but still made it to the 12th century church for a look around. We have visited Hawkshead more than once or twice over the years and always marvel at this beautiful age old church.
Our final destination, Sawrey, is only a hop, skip and a jump away from Hawkshead. The countryside around these parts is, to my eyes, a to-die-for-picture-perfect-kind-of-countryside. This house and its surroundings look just about perfect to me.
Looking over to the right of the house in the last photo is yet more perfection.
This garden path leads to…
… Hill Top, the famous cottage belonging to Beatrix Potter. The day we visited the house was closed to visitors, just my luck, but the garden was open. William was none too bothered but I would’ve liked to go inside. The next time I go I’m thinking it’ll be with my daughter, Caroline. We’re both Beatrix Potter fans and she like me will appreciate the experience.
Walking around the village of Sawrey was a pleasure. I love spotting little red Royal Mail post boxes slotted into stone walls.
This is my favourite picture of the day. I’m not quite sure why. It may well have something to do with the red Virginia Creeper draped over the wall. I do like Virginia Creepers.
On another day we took a picnic and prior to a walk ate it in the grounds of Sizergh Castle. This time a picnic table was at hand.
Our walk brought this impressive elevation of Sizergh Castle into our sights.
On the drive home we spotted this herd of fallow deer by the River Bela on the Mallam Estate. We’ve occasionally caught a glimpse of the deer up on the hill in the distance but never seen them en masse at the water’s edge like this. I asked William to pull over so we could get a good look at them.
Walking down by the salt marshes one sunny afternoon the horses as usual were in the field. This horse was so friendly. As jolly as anything he came right over to me as soon as I stood at the fence. What a beauty he was too.
And with that my work here (at least for today) is done.
Until next time,