Hi i'm back from my holiday in Windermere in the Lake district. I had a lovely time.
The weather wasnt too favourable but Mam, Dad and I, wrapped up in waterproofs most days and ventured out! This photo is of Windermere itself from the bottom near where we were staying in a large house. The house was converted into two flats and ours was on the ground floor. There wasnt the useable lake access or views that the property owners had described (and was our reason for choosing it). So that was disappointing, but the house itself was done out nicely and instead we drove to a park about 10mins away in order to get down to the water and see this view. Quite alot of the Lake side is in accessible around there because the private houses have their gardens and own jetty's.So it was good that the National Trust had Fell Foot park (as it was called). It was nice down there and i had organic vegetable soup in the cafe. That was how things went hot soup instead of ice creams!! because the temperature was around 11 C,instead of the average for June being round 20. I was just glad i had taken some warm clothes ( :
It was a good base from which to explore the nearby villages and small towns. I saw more of the area than i was able to last year so i noticed how my general strength has grown. I also handled a few things that didnt go quite to plan along the way again something that i wouldnt have coped with at one time.here are a few pictures from the week...this first one is at Esthwaite water which we came across one afternoon. It was very peaceful there. I took a few video clips which i will put on flickr shortly if you wanted to see more of it and get a feel of the place.
The three of us together in the grounds of Sizbergh castle with a barn in the background. This smaller picture on the left was the house we stayed in self catering.And an example of the roads around the lake,i had been nervous at first about coping with them,as travelling like that does take quite a bit of energy. So it was a major thing to go round the whole lake one day. stopping off at a few places on the way and avoiding the rain for the most part.
There were some lovely little gifty shops and galleries and i was able to do some shopping. i tend to use the wheelchair most of the time as not knowing the area its hard to judge my capabilities with it and i also i am aware of pacing things out over the whole week. I can then go round a few shops on foot which makes things easier as not everywhere is wheelchair friendly. I am very grateful to my dad for all the pushing he did! especially in Ambleside(above) where there were alot of banks,though Kendal was by far the steepest!
i am going to do a few seperate posts over the coming weeks on one or two of the shops and special moments that i had.Here's me warming up next to the open fire in the living area of the house.i hope you have enjoyed this little glimpse into my week away. It wasnt quite a 'summer' holiday but it was a nice change to be discovering different places,eating in little cafes and generally enjoying the progress i have made.
I had some fabulous news not long after our return. I was a runner up in the Decor8 mood board competition!! it was such a suprise as there were so many enteries that were original and beautiful and i hadnt entered with the aim of trying to win,like you might with some things. It was just because i love to do what the criteria called for. so the prize of an Amy Butler bag is an added treat! I will post a picture when i recieve it from Holly.
thats all for now,take care love and summery wishes Kat x