My Family Adventures - June

This month the majority of my outdoor posts have been from our visit to Lake Windermere and the surrounding area. From the moment we arrived we were treated to rolling hills a sight we don’t see living in Oxfordshire. These appeared to surround the area and tower above us reaching up to the clouds in the sky. There was the odd water fall and eldest was excited to see sheep and lambs calling out at them as we passed by in the car. On our arrival we made ourselves familiar with the place we were staying and the surrounding area. We did a spot of food shopping as we were self catering too and were surprised at how big the Naan bread was from the local shop.


The first couple of days were spent looking at the local attractions. We ventured to Wray Castle via boat and called in at the Aquarium travelling by train. We even passed Hill Top home to Beatrix Potter but decided the little ones would be too young to appreciate it.


However, it was the beautiful landscape that held us most in awe while we were in the area and we were delighted to explore it. One of the walks in the countryside that was the most memorable was close to Grasmere.



On arrival into the car park a camera takes a photo of your car registration number plate and you pay for parking on return. This is the first time we've encountered this type of pay and display technique. We had a bite to eat and set off in search of you guessed it - geocaches. We crossed a bridge to find the first one. Our eldest daughter loved running back and forth on it despite me telling her no in fear that she may fall off and landed in the lake! She ended up being chased by her dad much to her amusement. 


Once we’d persuaded her to head into the forest instead and clamber over tree roots we were on our way to the next and a lake appeared before us. There were inquisitive ducks in the area who came straight up to us keen for a bite to eat but we had no food for them and seeing the lake had come as a surprise to us.  It was a lovely little pebbled area and eldest soon had her shoes off paddling in the water alongside them. This must be a sign that my eldest is growing up as last year we had to abandon being on the beach as she was very upset.


On return to our car I suggested we venture into Grasmere itself and taste the gingerbread it is well known for.  It was nothing like the gingerbread I've tasted before so it was left to hubby to devour it.

Most of the time while we were in the Lakes it was raining so you can imagine how much of a shock to the system bright sunshine has been here in our own county. So much of a surprise that we were silly enough over the weekend to dismiss the sun cream and we got burnt!


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  1. Loving your photos! I'm really curious about that gingerbread though, was it nice different or not so nice different? #bestandworst x

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    1. Thanks Lisa. In my opinion it was a bit like a sand texture to a doughy one.

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  2. Lovely photos, my ex had a flat in Grasmere so I remember it well! #bestandworst

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    1. Thank you. I too understand how a place can hold memories.

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  3. Windermere is so beautiful. What a wonderful time you had #farawayfiles

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  4. Windermere is lovely, and it sounds like you had plenty of time to explore too. I think the rain in the Lakes is par for the course, it just wouldn't be the same without some heavy storms and wind. Although, it is always good to get the sunshine between.

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    1. I'm quickly learning that you should be prepared for all weathers especially during the summer

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  5. What an adorable photograph of your daughter in the lake! The Lake District is so beautiful. We really must revisit again soon. Thanks for sharing on #FarawayFiles

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    1. Thank you. It's certainly is a beautiful place that's true.

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  6. Shame about the gingerbread, I never tried it due to a wheat allergy but also hate ginger! Popping back from #familyfunlinky

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    1. Sorry to read about your allergy and dislike of ginger.

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  7. For all my times I've been to grassmere I've yet to visit the lake! I'm normally passing through. It's a beautiful part of the world, your blogs have done it justice. Love it when the little people paddle! ‪Thank you for linking up to the #familyfunlinky‬

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    1. You are lucky to live in such a beautiful area. Thank you for the compliment. Eldest is certainly growing in confidence.

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  8. This looks like a fabulous place to visit, a great place for some geocaching and exploration. I have see the mischief in your eldest's eyes on the bridge, I bet she loved playing and being chased by daddy. It's wonderful to see her brave enough to paddle in the lake, I'm sure it was a bittersweet moment for you watching her grow up!

    Thanks for linking up with me on #CountryKids.

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    1. It's a pity that there's not a big series out near Windermere. They are all very spaced out up there. She sure is growing up. It's lovely to see her embracing things she used to worry about.

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  9. I really like the Grasmere gingerbread, but you're right it tastes nothing like you expect it to. As a fellow Oxfordshire'ite I also know what you mean about getting excited by hills! #farawayfiles

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    1. It sounds like we've got different palettes which is no bad thing. I'm rather a fussy eater anyway and the fact that they've been making theirs for so long shows lots of others like it too.

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  10. Ahh your little girl is so cute paddling in the water, so glad she enjoyed her time there. Mich x #CountryKids

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  11. What a lovely post, I want to visit! Your photos are beautiful, lovely to read you had a fab time. Thanks for linking up to the #bestandworst

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  12. I've never been to the Lakes but it is somewhere I have always wanted to go, it looks absolutely beautiful! Looks like you had a wonderful time, lovely photos :) Thanks so much for linking up to #ThePlacesWeWillGoLinky xx

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    1. Thank you Sonia yes the Lakes are definitely lovely x

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  13. What a lovely trip! Your daughter is gorgeous, I can just picture her running back and forth on the bridge. Seems like a fantastic day out! #MondayEscapes

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    1. Thank you. It was a lovely break away that hubby is already talking about going back.

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  14. awww the picture of her paddling is gorgeous! #mondayescapes

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  15. Lovely photos! I absolutely love the Lakes. It's once of our favourite places to visit as a family and reminds me of my own childhood.

    Cat
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    1. Thanks Cat. It's lovely to read that you've got so many lovely memories of the place.

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  16. The Lakes are so beautiful and I love the views. It's certainly very different from Oxfordshire! Sounds like you had a lovely trip away and enjoyed hunting for geocaches. Love the photo of your eldest paddling in the water :-) #countrykids

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    1. That's very true. Although we do have the odd hill ('ton') there's not so many. A proud mummy moment as last year she just wouldn't have done that.

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  17. What a wonderful post and it reminds me that I STILL haven't taken the boys geocaching. I do love a good waterfall too! #countrykids

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  18. What a lovely trip to The Lakes. It really is a magical place. It sounds like you were very busy while you were there. Thanks for sharing this on #MondayEscapes

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    1. It sure was. We like to make the most of the time and place.

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  19. I love the Lakes and Windermere is so beautiful. I love the photo of your daughter in the lake, looks like she really enjoyed herself. Sorry the weather wasn't better for you, maybe next time! Thanks for sharing your post with us #AdventureCalling

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  20. You've had a great month haven't you! We're heading up to the lakes next month so we'll aim to visit some of these places. Windermere is so gorgeous and my little ones would love Low Wray castle. Thanks for joining us on #adventurecalling I hope you can again tomorrow.

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