|Found the perfect hat in Grassmere!|
|Alan's photo, I couldn't get a good angle!|
So our first stop was at Ambleside. This is the village with the darling little house that is situated over a running stream! When we first visited this, we were told that a family with 8 children lived in the little house of two rooms - one upstairs and one downstairs.
|Can you call this the ground floor when it sits above a running|
I can't begin to describe how little this house is and hope the photos I am sharing can give you an idea. I had to stand outside the door to get these! However, on this visit, and in the link I have included, we learned that this structure was built to store apples. The cool running water underneath would keep them fresh. Makes more sense, but I think, possibly, both stories are true. Maybe it was originally an apple storehouse, but then became a teeny, tiny family home!
This little house is owned by the National Trust but you don't have to be a member to get to go inside. That is really nice!
After our (short) visit to this house, Alan spotted a lovely tea shop called "The Apple Pie" so he must have known we needed to go in there before leaving Ambleside!
We both got apple pie and ice cream, strangely enough, although the whole menu sounded wonderful, even their Mexican breakfast was tempting! The ice cream on its own was amazing, but together with warm apple pie - fabulous!
To find a table, you have to walk through their bakery and that is temptation itself! Loads and loads of wonderful items just needing to be purchased and taken home!
This is going to be one of those must do stops every time we visit Ambleside from now on!
Next stop was Grasmere. This is one of the very few villages in the Lake District we have had the pleasure of spending a few days in! Home of William Wordsworth and just one of those beautiful and restful places that come along very rarely.
|I wish I had taken this when our car took up the whole lane!|
Grasmere is where I found the hat in the photo at the beginning of this blog! I have searched for years for a cute, collapsible hat and it was right there in a hillwalking shop - just waiting for me! It seems like the perfect hat and I can't wait for the right weather to truly enjoy it! (Alan hates it, but he hates all my hats...)
Grasmere Gingerbread is unique to Grasmere and the most unusual form of gingerbread I could ever imagine. It isn't like gingerbread cake or gingerbread cookies. I believe it has to be tasted to be appreciated! When Alan first bought it for me in 1986, I didn't really enjoy it because I didn't understand it! But after a few years' exposure, it is really, really nice! And very special since you cannot get it anywhere else than Grasmere. OK, with modern technology, you CAN order it, but it is only produced in Grasmere!
|It isn't all gingerbread in the shop, you can gain weight just walking in and enjoying the wonderful aroma!|
|Above Derwentwater just outside of Keswick|
After a wonderful 4 days in England and Wales, we headed back to Scotland. This had been the right direction to take since Scotland had gale force winds and heavy rain over the time period we had amazing weather!