Monday, 4 May 2009

Memory Places..

Before I actually start my post I need to pass on a message from Milo, He would like to say a big thank you to everyone who commented on his post and he wants to wish everyone Happy Star Wars day as today is "" MAY THE FOURTH ""... do you get it?


Now for my post, it seems so long since I've done one !! Here goes.

On Saturday seeing as how it was Bank Holiday Weekend and the sun was shining we decided to have a day out, we all piled into the car and set off for Keswick in the Lake District. On the way there we stopped at Barnard Castle.. This little market town holds so many lovely childhood memories for me as my dads mam used to have a caravan there.

Bang in the middle of the main street is this Butter Market and at the bottom of the main street there is this bridge which leads to the actual caravan site

The building on the left used to be an old mill which was literally in ruins - it is now swanky apartments but with a view like this you can see why people would want to live here.

As you walk along the river the smell of wild garlic hits you in the face and reminds me of when I was a little girl, me and my dad picked a huge bunch of it which we put in vases in the caravan and of course it stunk the place out - we hadn't known what it was..

Just a few minutes after I took this photo of Hub we realised that we hadn't put a parking ticket on the car so we legged it back up the steep bank to the car park . So unfortunately I didn't manage to get any more photos of my memory place , none of the market that was on, the morris dancers with all their bells or the old house where Oliver Cromwell stayed with its tiny doors. Back at the car we realised that we hadn't locked the car either --oops.

So off we set again and as we had forgotten to buy food due to the car palaver , we made a slight detour to Kirkby Stephen to pick up some sandwiches - Hub ran into the shop while I just sat in the car and stared at this amazing house.

What you can't really tell from this picture is that all the sills etc are painted a pale pink and there were swallows just flying in circles around it.

Once we got to Keswick Hub asked me to drive through it as he wanted to go to a place called " Grange " first. Now Grange is somewhere that Hub holds such fond memories of . When he was just a young boy he spent a lot of time here and this is his memory place. Ever since we met I have heard so many stories of this place , about how he used to jump off the hump back bridge into the water and so many more. To be honest I didn't really know what to expect of it.

As we drove towards it there were trees on our left and tall barren mountains on the right, then we took a right turn across a double hump back bridge and I was lost for words.

I don't know when I last saw such amazing scenery, it really was breath taking and really really beautiful.

This is where Hub used to stay,

he used to help look after boys just a bit younger than himself, they used to go kayaking and take midnight walks over these mountains.

Most of the houses in this little hamlet were made from slate and granite

as were most of the walls.

All the boys had so much fun throwing rocks and stones into the river

I took a few moments just to take it all in before we headed back to Keswick.

We saw so many little black lambs - they were so cute.

This is the view we had while we ate tea

It was an amazing day, if not a bit tiring for some.

Well, I hoped you enjoyed the trips to our memory places -- where are yours?


Anonymous said...

You guys are so lucky to have such beautiful places to visit where you live!! I know... I should probably visit more places in Australia... but it's so darn far to drive anywhere!! Lap up the beautiful scenery and enjoy your family outings! YAY FOR MILO! Happy Star Wars Day!

Lina said...

Lovely lovely pictures Lisa. Scenery likd this always makes me homesick!!!

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Very picturesque! I met my husbandin the lakes District so it holds lovely memories for me too!

LizzieJane said...

What a wonderful trip and what wonderful photo's, thanks for taking me along!

Hege said...

So many beautiful photos!! And the bridge and the houses are just lovely. Wish I could have seen the place in person!

Tabiboo said...

So picturesque and beautiful. Looks like you had a lovely trip and it didn't rain!!

I clicked on the picture of the house - that shade of pink isn't too bad.

Have a lovely day,

Nina x

ps. Happy 'May the fourth' for yesterday - my hub said 'cool' when I said this to him - boys!!

pps. My little one has the same blue drinks bottle - strange the things you notice in a picture.

Kitty said...

Wow. Just wow! What stunningly beautiful scenery - your pictures are wonderful. Thanks for sharing. x

Anonymous said...

what a lovely lovely day!
such familiar places.... wonderful holiday memories... thanks for sharing and letting us enjoy them too.

p.s. in keswick, there's a teeny cafe that makes THE MOST AMAZING muffins (and other food too, but i nearly died when i ate the muffin from it's sheer yumminess). 'the good taste cafe' just off a little street off the main shopping square. definitely worth a visit if you go again!

driftwood said...

gorgeous photos, happy memories xx

LissyLou said...

A lovely post, thanks for sharing x

Thimbleanna said...

Wow! So, SO beautiful!!! How lucky you two are to have such fantastic memory places. You make me want to move to England!

Lucy said...

Oh how lovely, what a wonderful post. I love the Lake District too. Gorgeous photos. Lucy x

Adrienne said...

What beautiful pictures!

Tell Milo that I said 'may the fourth' be with him too ...

Lucy Locket-Pocket said...

What a lovely trip you all had! But golly! Did you really drive all the way to Keswick with a stop at Barnard Castle and back again in the day? I'm surprised it wasn't you and Hub asleep in the back of the car! Or am I just being wet?! Lucy x

Vanessa said...

Hi Lisa,

That cafe that Anna recommended is gorgeous, the chef that owns it has his own book out. And it looks like he is doing the catering for my sister wedding. She is getting married on that little island in the middle of Derwentwater next year.

My mum & Dad's place is in Keswick and every time I go it feels like home!

Vanessa x

PS Great memory day for you guys!

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Leanne said...

I didn't notice the bumble bee before I love your bumble bees. Thanks for taking us on your bank holiday outing. I love seeing England it is so beautiful and green and lush.

Ragged Roses said...

What a wonderful weekend, those photos are amazing, idyllic! I love that house with the pink sills, it's absolutely beautiful

Handmade in Israel said...

Oh, what amazing scenery! Looks like a lovely day out! I want to go now!

Re said...

Happy STar Wars Day to Milo too, hope it was a good one for him.

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upstateLisa said...

Nature Boy and I had a good laugh about Star Wars Day!!! LOL. What a funny guy! and your photos are beautiful!!!!

twiggypeasticks said...

Beautiful photos, so pleased you enjoyed your trip down memory lane. I haven't been up to the Lakes for years, somewhere else to add to our things to show Twiglet list.
twiggy x

Louise said...

Oh those photos make me want to jump on a plane and do some driving around England again!! I have some lovely memories of that part of the world. You have the nicest weekends and I think we need to make some more time to do some of this ourselves!

louise said...

We visited the Lake District some years back and I remember being completed taken aback by the scenery. It is totally out of this world, well it is if you come from down South! I would love to visit again someday. I am sure Milo and Baby G will have memory places in the future too. Lovely photos Lisa, I enlarged the house, it is very pretty. I am glad you arrived back at the car before a parking attendant, or even worse an opportunist did! x

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