The Gallery: Happy Families and Holidays!!

Last week, Hubby, Little Bean and I spent the week in the Lake District with Hubby’s Mum and Dad. We had a fantastic week and returned home totally relaxed and ready to face the world again.
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We stayed at a resort called Whitbarrow Village which is about 8 miles from Penrith and 9 miles from Keswick. The resort was lovely, very clean and very quiet despite being fully booked. It had a lovely members lodge where you could swim in the luxurious pool, chill out in the sauna/steam room, sweat your bits off in the gym (hello – this is a holiday!), compete to your hearts content in the games room or just relax with lovely food and drink in the restaurant/bar.
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Unfortunately there was a mix-up over the bookings so my Mother and Father-in-Law had to stay elsewhere so we only got to spend our days out with them. But nevertheless the whole holiday ran really smoothly and we couldn’t have asked for more.
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Our days were spent wandering the streets of Grasmere, Keswick, Ambleside and Bowness Bay on Lake Windermere, taking oodles of photographs of the beautiful scenery (me and my Father-in-Law are generally recognised by the cameras attached to our faces).
The highlight of the trip for me (though it was supposed to be for Little Bean) was attending the Cars of the Stars Museum in Keswick. I had visited there many years ago and remembered seeing one of the four original cars from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. This has always been one of my all time favourite films and I’m pleased to say that this has become Little Bean’s favourite too. If we don’t want it at least once a week then something is wrong! So we planned our trip to include a visit to the museum where there are various cars from films such as Batman, Dukes of Hazzard and James Bond. They even had the A-team van and KITT from Knight Rider. The gentleman who runs the museum very kindly offered to let myself and Little Bean sit in Chitty but as she was having one of her “anti-camera” days she started crying the minute the camera turned on her. When the camera was taken away she was happy as larry but sadly it doesn’t look this way in the picture! Oh well, you can’t have everything!!
Our only slightly rubbish day was the day we decided to head on up to Carlisle, stopping off at Hadrian’s Wall on the day. Hubby, Little Bean and I had a wander around Birdoswald Fort which had some fantastic ruins and a great visitor centre. The downside was on leaving Birdoswald Hubby took a wrong turning and we ended up winding our way through so many country lanes that poor Little Bean got very sick and ended up throwing up all over herself. For any normal Mummy this wouldn’t have been a problem as they would have 3 spare outfits packed in the changing bag in the case of such events – but not me! I used to carry spare outfits but she never needed them and would grow out of the clothes (because I forgot to swap them over) so I just stopped carrying them. By the time we had cleaned her up on the roadside (and created a rather irate traffic jam) and found the nearest shop to buy her a new outfit we finally arrived at Carlisle at about 4.30pm to meet up with MIL and FIL. They’d had a busy day – also checking out Hadrian’s Wall, Gretna Green and Carlisle.
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If you have never been to the Lake District before, you really should check it out as when you’re there – you really could be just about anywhere in the world. Much of the scenery reminded me of Italy and Canada, so pretty and calming. I just wanted to take this opportunity to share a few of my pictures with you.
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This post was written and photos attached for this weeks entry to The Gallery at Tara Cain’s Sticky Fingers!


  • mumtoj

    July 6, 2010 at 10:59 am

    Looks lovely, pics are fab! hope little bean is fealing better now, no repeat performances on the way home! bless her. xxx

    1. mummymatters

      July 7, 2010 at 9:11 am

      Thankfully no, that was the only sickness and that was enough for me! xx

  • Emma

    July 6, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    Great pics!! sorry to hear LB was poorly. We’re hoping to drive over to the lakes next month for some relaxation. x

    1. mummymatters

      July 7, 2010 at 9:11 am

      I was thinking about you when we were up there but obviously the day went pear-shaped and then I forgot again! Hope all is well with you xx

  • Pants With Names

    July 7, 2010 at 9:13 am

    I’ve been there with no change of clothes for a carsick little person. Haven’t been to the Lakes for years, am prompted to think of going again by your photos! Lovely pix. x

    1. mummymatters

      July 7, 2010 at 3:25 pm

      So do you carry spares now? I’ve just realised its been over a week since the “incident” and I still don’t have spares in my bag!

  • dawniebrown

    July 7, 2010 at 9:43 am

    Lovely photos 🙂
    PS ooh I’ve got a cunning plan to accidentally book my in-laws in a separate hotel next time we have to go away together lol wonder if the hotel would tell them it was a mix up for me 😉

    1. mummymatters

      July 7, 2010 at 3:25 pm

      Thanks! Glad to have been of service, hope your plan works! ;))

  • kerry @ miss power writes…

    July 7, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    hahaha dawniebrown – i was thinking exactly the same thing should i ever holiday with the in-laws!
    fantastic post – i love the lake disctrict. jim and i spent a lovely long weekend there about 4 years ago – lots of rambling, sticky toffee pudding and ale! bliss!

    1. mummymatters

      July 7, 2010 at 3:26 pm

      Thank you xx

  • @jencull (Jen)

    July 7, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    Shame that she was sick, hope that never happens again. Lovely photos 🙂 Jen

    1. mummymatters

      July 8, 2010 at 8:38 pm

      Thanks, it wasn’t the best end to the day and thankfully she was all smiles straight after!!

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