we left york and tofu, despite the cold from hell, drove us to bowness-on-windemere, with HF navigating. the hardfarmer had organised to rent a little flat, which was lovely. we spent our time in the lake district eating marvellously, working our way through our great stack of books and going on little rambles. very relaxing. the lake district was very pretty.
we went for a lovely walk around tarn hows (a tarn is a little lake on top of a mountain) and played swallows and amazons.
that's the hardfarmer in the red hat:
HF and i also went for a ferry ride across lake windemere (tofu was crook). we sat up the top for the trip home, which was fabulously cold and fabulously beautiful. i have a vid i'll put up later.
and we had an amble round ambleside too:
i also nicked off to dove cottage (tofu and HF were crook), where william wordsworth and his women lived. here's another virtual tour. i took an actual tour of the cottage. it was very small and dark. people were smaller back in the day. they had their actual four poster double bed and it was very little. i also whizzed round the attached museum. they had lots of original manuscripts and letters and things. i've seen ol' wordie's ice skates! i'm not a huge wordsworth fan, in itself, but having done that romanticism subject i was keen to see this stuff. the relationship between william and his sister is also interesting. resisted the urge to buy a stuffed albatross (tie-in exhibition about the rime of the ancient mariner).
here's the environs: