Sarah Jane Humke

The life of a traveling, reading, writing, spining and knitting shepherdess.

 

So I guess that this really shouldn’t be titled “Woolfest Part II” rather something like “The Rest of the Time That We Spent In the North of England” as it really doesn’t have much to do with Woolfest but “Woolfest Part II” was just easier.

So, on Saturday I spent a little bit of the morning at Woolfest again, mostly because I couldn’t believe that I hadn’t gotten more of the baby camel at the price that she was selling it for.  I know, pathetic.  The rest of the time was spent driving around the incredibly beautiful Lakes District.  At least I think it was beautiful as I was doing the driving and there wasn’t as much time for me to gawk as I would have liked.  However, we did stop and visit Beatrix Potter’s house Hill Top.  One of the interesting things there was the 2 spinning wheels.  She wasn’t apparently an “active” spinner, rather she learned as to have a topic of conversation with the wives of the farmers who worked the many farms that she owned.  The house was lovely though really quite dark.  Pictures were not allowed inside the house but we did get several shots of the outside.

 

Hill Top from the back

Hill Top from the back

 

Part of the Hill Top farm

Part of the Hill Top farm

Hill Top Garden

Hill Top Garden

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Gateway to the Hill Top lower garden

Gateway to the Hill Top lower garden

The Village

The Village

 

More of the Village

More of the Village

From Hill Top we drove down to the ferry to cross Lake Windermere and went over to the Village of Windermere which is the home of LAKELAND!!!!  Fans of Brenda Dayne from the podcast  Cast on will recognize the name of this primaraly mail-order company.  Anyway, we had seen a pamphlet for it at our inn and decided to stop in.

Don't I look happy?!?!

Don't I look happy?!?!

From there we took off for our next hotel near York.  Now, I want to stress that this distance looks really feasible on a map but it is once again up and down, right and left much like a really butt puckering roller coaster ride that you control from going off the tracks!  However, we did come to one spot where we crossed sheep grates and added to the mix of up and down, side to side there were sheep in the road!  

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Several hours later we arrived at our hotel which was quite lovely in a small and lovely village that was sort of Edwardian-Stepford-Wives-ish.

 

Our Hotel

Our Hotel

We crashed that night fairly early after exploring the (tiny) village and were the first guests in the restaurant for breakfast.  Our trip up to York was fast and uneventful and we had a few lovely hours exploring the city before we got back into the car to head home and springing the puppies from the kennel.  All in all it was a really cool though really hectic and tiring trip.  Both of us know now that we would like to spend more time in the North of England and that I really want to go to Woolfest again though I think that it would be a trip better taken with someone who is a tad more…yarny.  (Poor Tech Support was BORED!)

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