David Lloyd George and Llansumdewy.   In a little quiet village on the Llyn Peninsula in Wales  there lies Buried,one of England...

Saturday, 26 March 2011

In the footsteps of Nella Last.

Spark Bridge
Terrace at BrantwoodOver Coniston Lake
Walney Island near Barrow

From Brantwood across Coniston
Teatime with a view at Brantwood.
cheeky robin who liked our cakes!
Nella Last's home in Barrow from where  she wrote her wartime diaries.

How time flies, can it really be a week since we returned from a short break up in the Lake District. The weather could not have been better and we made the most of the glorious sunshine and clear blue skies and explored the area around Ulverston and Barrow.
I have been reading and throughly enjoying the wartime diaries of Nella Last,a lady who wrote for the Mass Observation project set up in WW2. She was real character and her diaries are so entertaining to pick up and immerse yourself into.
We found her house in Ilkley Road, Barrow and then went on some favourite car journeys that she liked to take during the 1940s and 50s, one being the coast road route from Barrow to Coniston, via Spark Bridge a place she visited often as her Aunt lived there.
I got to see all the places she so vividly described in her diaries as we found villages that we have never explored before.
When we arrived at Coniston, I took Peter for the best tea and cakes to be found in the Lakes, at the tearoom at Brantwood, John Ruskin's home on the Lakeside.
The local bird population share my love of the wonderful baking on offer and were soon coming close for all the crumbs.
See also my post Nella Last's last wish. Oct]

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

How can I resist you!

This lovely display stand was a birthday present from my other half and it needed filling with lovely spring flowers so it was a good excuse to drive over to our favourite garden centre at the weekend and stock up... not that I needed an excuse if you know me!
They were displaying all of the beautiful spring bulbs and so many gorgeous Primulas that  I was spoilt  for choice. I just love spring flowers, they are so joyful on the eye.

Bought this lovely Frittillia
My new Vase
Every colour under the sun!
As soon as the sun shines at this time of year I love wandering around the flower borders  to see what has appeared,I found  yellow crocus, red tulips, various daffodils coming out, clumps of snowdrops and hyacinths. The robin was bathing in the bird bath , the woodpidgeon gorging on the seed, for a few minutes I could pretend all was well in the world!
I've been in Spring cleaning mode all week,washing curtains , cleaning windows and generally clearing out. It's a fault that is genetically programmed into most women I know, I personally do not know of any men with it! I mean it's not as if we haven't got enough to do!

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