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? ♡