Friday, 9 July 2010

Our time at Rydal

An unashamedly long picture post, in no particular order.

Playing cricket in the beautiful Victorian gardens at Fell Foot. We played dodge ball too and generally had a hoot. We're just getting into playing ball games all together. I guess it's a sign of the children growing up and more things becoming possible.

One of many fluffy ducklings we spotted.

Hermione swimming in Lake Windermere. She was ever so proud with herself. She'd not swam in a lake before. Craig was looking a bit twitchy on the shore, with his boots loose ready to dash if needs be.

Getting into the swing of things.

Paddling with the ducks at Fell Foot. It's a great spot to admire the full length of Lake Windermere.

Explanation of a piece of art hanging in the grounds at Rydal.

Close up of the art.

Distance shot.

Part of the formal gardens at Rydal, giving way to the undulating backdrop of the countryside. It's a place of wonderful contrasts and surprises.

Relaxing in an arbour.

Going wild in the wonderful play area at Brockhole.

Courgettes nestling on sheep fleece in the Brockhole veg plot. An interesting way of keeping slugs at bay!

The lake shore at Brockhole. Good for paddling but not for swimming I think. It looked as if it would dip away sharply.

One of many great dens at Rydal.

Despite being catapulted off many time Miles was determined to master the reclining sun lounger.

Photograph with Mr McGregor (as in The Tale of Peter Rabbit). We had a lovely visit to Hill Top where there were staff on hand with many of Beatrix's tales to show how many of the illustrations featured objects in her home. We saw Peter Rabbit too! He didn't have his blue coat on as it is summer, but we did see him (or perhaps one of many other grey rabbits in the Lake District) hopping on by. Miles was ecstatic.

Clambering around in the Rydal play area.

Art and sculpture at Rydal.

View from the window.

The little shelter where you can rest, reflect and enjoy the above view. Bliss.

Foxgloves at Rydal.

Wading through streams at Rydal.

Our pod which comfortably accommodated four of us. Much more spacious than other pods we have stayed in and even had cute solar fairy lights on the ceiling. The twinkly lights seemed to have a ind of their own and came on randomly throughout the night. Just like sleeping under the stars.

Climbing tree a stones throw from our pod.

Miles waits with large stick just in case a troll should appear from under the bridge.

Koala Miles.

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Lynn said...

Love the pics! I LOVE Rydal and want to go back again...We thought we might go back in the yurt but will look into the pod it looks great.xx

Claire said...

I'd recommend the family pod Lynn (one of four pods in total). It's much more spacious than the standard and if I remember rightly was the same price.