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18 Sep 2016

A little town in the Lakes

Please know that I have all kinds of autumn posts lined up for you, it is only for the season being so late to bloom this year! It is quite peculiar waking up to foggy, misty mornings that later bloom to 24c
afternoons, the roses going strong still and the leaves lush and green. When visiting a place I love how it is the little things about it that you tend to remember, the pie shops and quirky street names. Windermere is one of my favourite spots, a walking distance from Bowness, the pier and the lake itself and is built entirely out of little Victorian slate houses that are sheathed in Virginia Creeper.
I have a thing for roses and slate houses. I snapped these beauties just outside of fittingly named Rose Cottage in Windermere and the town looks like it could be the setting for a fairytale with the winding, hilly roads, pretty cottages and guesthouses, and the old fashioned shops and stores from another era.
When visiting I would definitely recommend strolling down to Bowness, a mile or so walk, or taking one of the open top buses down to the pier. There are so many cute diners and eateries and the aroma of hot, freshly vinegared fish and chips is everywhere. Pay a visit to the World of Beatrix Potter attraction at Crag Brow and the little shop afterwards totally not just for children.
I found a Puddleduck cottage! I spotted this briefly another time but wanted to go back so I could snap a picture. I believe it's not a home but a guesthouse, complete with a 'Vacancies' sign out front. I have noticed that my pictures are rather devoid of people, avoiding the heavy streams of tourists and waiters clad in their uniforms. Perhaps I see them as some kind of anomaly in my old fashioned world.
I think the cottage next door is my favourite. Underneath the sprawling undergrowth and Elizabeth Clematis flowers hides a little house, like a hobbit hole or a hideaway for dwarves. That is something I have always wished my blog to be, a secret, magical place tucked away, always open for visitors!
A little lamp is present to guide the way to the entrance, all part of the fairytale experience! I have never stayed in one of these before but am totally open to arranging a staycation in the lakes, even though I live 20 mins away by train. Nothing at all to do with the cosy dinners and hearty breakfasts.
I couldn't resist throwing in this snap of 'Victoria' cottage, very appropriate and definitely giving me goosebumps for tonight's episode of my favourite series! I find it so interesting how houses earn their names and how some are from right back in time, as old as the 'EST' date on the half-timbered facade.

I am so grateful to have this time of year, especially these idyllic halcyon days, as the summer's long, last warm smile. Have you been hit by storms or sunshine? What's the weather like where you are? 

32 comments:

  1. Your photography and blog in general is so beautiful!
    - Emily from http://www.emilyunderworld.co.uk ♡

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    1. Awww thank you so much Emily, that means so much! :D ♡

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  2. This is such a beautiful post! Where I live the leaves are already turning but it is super slow. I can't wait until full blown autumn/fall!
    wishing you all the best,
    ayele
    https://asenseofhomeblog.blogspot.com/

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    1. Wow thank you so much Ayele! Where I am it is the same, but our September weather has been so mild and gentle, I can't complain :D awww you too! ♡

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  3. Ahh how cute!! I want to visit the cottage that's all tucked away there with the lamp!

    Renee | Life After Lux

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    1. Haha thanks so much Renee, I'm so glad you liked it!! ♡

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  4. Very beautiful!
    Have a nice week-end!
    Gil Zetbase
    http://gilzetbase.com/

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    1. Aw thank you Gil - have a lovely one too! ♡

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  5. Love the photography in this post! Now I want to go here :)

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    1. Thank you so much Saar, do let me know if you visit! :D ♡

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  6. It looks so whimsical and pretty there, what lovely houses. Loving your photos as always.

    fourcatsplusus.co.uk | Amy x

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    1. Awww thanks so much Amy, I'm so glad you liked it! It must be incredibly beautiful where you are, staycations can be the best things :D ♡

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  7. I love roses too and I always take pictures of lovely roses when I seen them down the street or when I am walking around the neighborhood with my dog. Love your pictures!

    Yiota
    PinkDaisyLoves

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  8. It looks so beautiful omg

    franalibi.blogspot.co.uk

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  9. It looks absolutely beautiful, wow :)

    Love, Julia | www.sere-ndipity.blogspot.de

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  10. Awww I LOVE the lake district I spent so many family holidays there obsessing over beatrix potter :) It's such a pretty little place :) The weather is being rather on and off near me we're thundering one minute and sunshine the next hehe :)

    lots of love, Marianne xxx

    http://myhappybubblexx.blogspot.co.uk/

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  11. Windermere looks so pretty! This is the type of place I love visiting and I would love to live in a cute little village like that. Guesthouses in these parts must be a joy to spend a weekend in, as you mentioned, particularly for the full, relaxed breakfasts and meals in a beautiful neighbourhood! :D

    Julia x
    www.juliaspeaksbeauty.blogspot.fr

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  12. So pretty, I want to go next year =]

    emyii90.blogspot.co.uk

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  13. I think I've been here before when I was very young, as the name of the place seems so familiar... It's such a beautiful place! I wonder what it'll be like in true winter (if we get any snow this year)? I used to LOVE Beatrix Potter, especially Peter Rabbit!

    Lizzie Bee // mysticthorn.com

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  14. You've made some beautiful and dreamy photos. I love them a lot. Wish I could visit this place too, I would love to take there some pictures too.

    Lots of love,
    Jenny van der Kaatz

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  15. As you know I've recently visited your area, and so it's really lovely to see it through your own eyes - someone who lives there! Your photos are beautifully dreamy and completely capture just how dreamy i found the place to be :)

    ps. I adored how you joked about how we may have walked past one another without knowing - I thought the same thing!!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

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  16. This is so beautiful, it's like you've stepped straight into a fairytale!

    Amy;
    Little Moon Elephant

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  17. These photos are gorgeous and so picturesque, I love rose!

    Carolyn x
    Stained Glass Stars

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  18. Your photos are gorgeous! This place looks so lovely and pretty

    Sarah | What Sarah Writes

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  19. Wow! You're so lucky that you get to live in the Lake District! It's truly one of my favourite places on earth. I drive down at least 5 times a year with my family (we live in Sunderland), and if I haven't been for a while I get this persistent 'itch' to go and climb a mountain! Would love to live there in a cottage someday :) Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog. I agree- let's follow eachother! XX

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  20. These roses are so beautiful and this little down looks so sweet. Loving the romantic dreamy vibes from these photos.

    Rae | Love from Berlin

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  21. Absolutely stunning photos!

    xoxo Robyn (http://lipstickonthelake.com)

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  22. Hello!
    Your pictures are really pretty! This place look so romantic!


    I'm a new reader here! And you have a really pretty blog!
    Maybe we can follow each other?
    My blog:http://worldismagiiic.blogspot.fr/

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  23. I love the story telling and magical quality of this post! Such beautiful photographs, I think it’s interesting to see the roses in bloom this time of year, and makes a great photo project. You made me want to visit the lakes again! :-) xx

    Helen | Helens Fashion & Beauty Blog

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  24. Gorgeous photos Elizabeth! Puddleduck Cottage has always been a favourite of mine, and the walk down into Bowness is lovely too :)

    Jess xo | The Indigo Hours

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