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A short break in the Lakes

If you’re thinking of getting away for a few days then I can’t recommend the Lake district enough.  I didn’t realise how much I needed a little break until we went to Penrith for a few days last week.  We stayed in the beautiful Temple Sowerby Hotel, where we were given a very warm and friendly welcome.  The highlight was the outstanding food that was offered in the restaurant, I think it was possibly one of the best meals we have eaten.  We retired to the lounge and sat by the log fire with a little tipple, feeling very satisfied indeed.


From left to right – Canapes(mushroom soup, Salmon croque monsier, Sweet and sour pork – roasted rump of Cumbrian lamb, slow cooked shoulder, pease pudding,lettuce, smoked onion, lamb juices – fragrant slow-cooked feather of local beef, carrot tagine, cous cous, rose veal shin pastilla, braising juices – banana cheesecake, toffee ice cream, confit watermelon, toffee popcorn – regional farmhouse selection with walunts, celery and Ash’s own home-made chutney.

While we were there we enjoyed a couple of lovely walks in the sunshine and revelled in the peace and quiet.  It is certainly a place we will visit again, the perfect way to clear your mind and gain a fresh head.

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Pooley bridge – waiting for the Ullswater steamer to take us to Howtown.


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Beautiful views – walking from Howtown back to Pooley Bridge.

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Holiday fun

I’m back!!

Well what can I say, I had a wonderful holiday in the Lake District and we have certainly overdulged in a lot of delicious food and drink.  The Olympics have inspired me to get a bit fitter and start being a bit healthier (I certainly need to after our indulgent holiday), so I’m feeling quite refreshed and excited about getting back to normality.  Here are a few photographs from my time away. The Lake District really is beautiful, there is so much of it to see that we’ll simply have to go back and do it all again.

Watching some Olympic fun in Manchester.

A trip to Elterwater near Ambelside and a hilly walk to Grasmere.

Today is the last day of my holiday sadly but I’m dedicating it to doing Sweet Mabel things which means I’m as happy as can be.  Oh and I’m about to go and put a chicken and chorizo stew in the slow cooker so it really doesn’t get better than that.
Have a lovely day!

Emma xxx