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Camping Ullswater ~ The Quiet Site.( sshhhh!)

We have lately come back from a few days camping in The Lake District. Five awesome days at a campsite near Ullswater. The Quiet Site is situated two miles from the lake side village of Pooley Bridge, a haven of hostelries and tea gardens. Its a little out of the way~ maybe this accounts for the name, i’m not sure.At any rate it certainly is peaceful at The Quiet Site in term time June.Things may be different in the summer holidays, the site is certainly geared up for families ( old stone buildings house excellent shower blocks with hot showers and hairdryers, seperate family bathrooms, laundrette to wash those muddy clothes, under cover wash up areas, fridge and microwave,small shop selling basics, a games room and a tv room), walkers and is dog friendly too.:)

Can you spot Jake in the Lake? :)
Can you spot Jake in the Lake? πŸ™‚

Greetings from The Quiet Site.
Greetings from The Quiet Site.

My niece and nephew on the swings at the adventure playground on the campsite.
My niece and nephew on the swings at the adventure playground on the campsite.

The site is divided into two parts.There are static caravans as well as a touring and tents area. Although on a slope the tourers and tents pitches have all been terraced so no worries about rolling down the hill in your sleep.:-D. As well as camping you can hire a Pod. Prices start at Β£35 per night. These wooden dome like structures have their own private decking areas and look a more warm and dry alternative to sleeping under canvas. Maybe Oneday…..

Buttercup meadows.
Buttercup meadows.

Why not  'Glamp' in a Pod !
Why not ‘Glamp’ in a Pod !

Sign on the country lane by the site.
Sign on the country lane by the site.

What we liked most about the site ( apart from the idylic location~views of buttercup filled meadows ,surrounding fells and Ullswater shimmering in the distance), was the somewhat quirky pub in the grounds, The Quiet Bar. The Quiet Bar is an old beamed Cumbrian long barn which was converted into a pub in the 1950’s. With seating made from wooden beer kegs, a huge fireplace with a roaring fire and ancient taxidermy adorning the walls it certainly is an interesting place to go for a pint. There is a selection of real ales on draught including the Quiet Pint which the other half describes as a ‘Good Northern Stout’, don’t ask me, i’m more of a cider gal myself. No food is served in the Quiet Bar unfortunatly.Dogs are welcome though.^^

The Quiet Pint.
The Quiet Pint.

Inside the Quiet Bar.
Inside the Quiet Bar.

A roaring fire in June.
A roaring fire in June.

Yep I am surrounded by stuffed animals.Yikes!
Yep I am surrounded by stuffed animals.Yikes!

We camped with a EHU ( electric hook up ) which cost us Β£21per night. The price included a Β£1per night charge for Jake our labrador.

Look out for my next post which will feature a few of the places we visited whilst camping here in Cumbria. πŸ™‚

Sightseers and Silver Linings.

It’s not often I get to see two great new films on dvd ,both in the same week.But hey I have been most fortunate in that in these past few days I’ve enjoyed watching a rom com about mental illness ( not two descriptions one would always put together I admit) plus a hilarious black comedy about caravan capers in the North of England.;)

The Silver linings Playbook stars the gorgeous Brad Cooper as Pat who moves back in with his parents after serving eight months in a mental institution for losing it and beating up his wife’s lover in the shower. Determined to get his life on track he embarks on a keep fit regime in order to win his wife back and escape from the family home and their obsession with american football. A chance meeting with a girl with some big problems of her own, Tiffany ,played by the Hunger Games Jennifer Lawrence, results in a at first reluctant friendship. Both agree to help each other out,she will pass on a letter to his ex wife if he becomes her partner in a dance off competition. The result being that they each find their own silver linings.:)
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My favourite part of the film is Pat and Tiffany's dance entry. :)
My favourite part of the film is Pat and Tiffany’s dance entry. πŸ™‚

Sightseers is a British black comedy about a couples caravan holiday around the North of England.Chris wants to show Tina the places that hold most significance to him and Tina has never managed to get away from her domineering mother before so a road trip touring round the yorkshire dales and the lake district in his beloved caravan seem a great idea……
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But Chris didn’t reckon on annoying litter dropper’s, smug newer model caravan owners and over enthusiastic pooper scooper’s conspiring to ruin their road trip! A few deadly accidents soon occur.

Tina trie's to convey her feelings for Chris in a letter at Keswick Pencil Museum.
Tina trie’s to convey her feelings for Chris in a letter at Keswick Pencil Museum.

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One of the many amusing things about Sightseers to us was the fact that as occasional campers ourselves we have actually visited many of the locations in the film.The Ribblehead viaduct,Castle rigg stone circle,Fountain Abbey,the yorkshire dales, Keswick etc. Maybe we should hire a van and do our own Sightseers inspired road trip? In fact we were only in Keswick on Saturday! But Wil would not entertain a look around the infamous Pencil Museum.:( I shall have to write him a letter…..

Have you enjoyed any good films recently? Any recommendations?

Jake Loves the Lakes.

‘The Lake District’ is a National Park in Cumbria on the western side of North England. It is made up of over 80 mountain lakes, glacial tarns and man made reservoirs. The Lake District is home to England’s highest mountain ‘Scafell Pike’ and England’s deepest lake, ‘Wast Water’ and is classed as an AONB ,( Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty). Over the years we have visited several times with our dog Jake. Jake has become a bit of a ‘Wainwright Bagger’ of lakes and tarns, insisting on paddling/swimming in as many as he can. So who better to show you the beauty of ‘The Lake District’ than him. πŸ™‚

There are lots of dog friendly camp sites in the Lakes. :)
There are lots of dog friendly camp sites in the Lakes. πŸ™‚

Ullswater lies in the North East of the Lake District and is nine miles long. It is sometimes compared to the lakes of Switzerland.
Ullswater lies in the North East of the Lake District and is nine miles long. It is sometimes compared to the lakes of Switzerland.

Thirlmere is a reservoir serving the city of Manchester. Helvellyn peak looks over the west side of the lake.
Thirlmere is a reservoir serving the city of Manchester. Helvellyn peak looks overthe west side of the lake.

Windermere is the largest lake at 11 miles long.There are several islands in the lake. Jake got chased by some grumpy swans!
Windermere is the largest lake at 11 miles long.There are several islands in the lake. Jake got chased by some grumpy swans!

Wast Water is beautiful and remote.Here is Jake on the banks with his finds, a stick and an oxygen mask!
Wast Water is beautiful and remote.Here is Jake on the bank with his finds, a stick and an oxygen mask!

Ennerdale Water shimmering in the early morning sunshine.
Ennerdale Water shimmering in the early morning sunshine.

Beacon Tarn near Coniston is not accessable by road. We loved this little tarn tucked away in the fells.
Beacon Tarn near Coniston is not accessable by road. We loved this little tarn tucked away in the fells.
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Coniston Water is the straightest  of the lakes, which is what attracted Donald Campbell to attempt the world water speed record in his boat, the bluebird. Coniston was also the inspiration for "Swallows and Amazons".
Coniston Water is the straightest of the lakes, which is what attracted Donald Campbell to attempt the world water speed record in his boat, the bluebird. Coniston was also the inspiration for Arthur Ransoms, “Swallows and Amazons”.

Tarn Hows is actually a man made lake once owned by Beatrix Potter. There is a pretty  path all the way round which is perfect for prams and pushchairs.:)
Tarn Hows is actually a man made lake once owned by Beatrix Potter. There is a pretty path all the way round which is perfect for prams and pushchairs.:)

Brothers Water is a small lake in the eastern region of the Lakes. It is home to a rare species of fish called , the schelly. I hope Jake didn't swallow any!
Brothers Water is a small lake in the eastern region of the Lakes. It is home to a rare species of fish called , the schelly. I hope Jake didn’t swallow any!

Jake surveys his kingdom  from 'Barrow' where you can see two lakes, Bassenthwaite and Derwent Water.
Jake surveys his kingdom from ‘Barrow’ where you can see two lakes, Bassenthwaite and Derwent Water.

Derwent Water is one of the most scenic of the Lakes ( Gorgeous !).
Derwent Water is one of the most scenic of the Lakes ( Gorgeous !).

Of course there are still several lakes and tarns Jake hasn’t crossed off his list yet. Hopefully he may get the chance to do a few more this year. πŸ™‚

Here are a few dog friendly camp sites we have stopped at in the Lakes.


Lanefoot Farm Camp site, Thornthwaite.
Coniston Old Hall camp site, Coniston
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Sykeside camp site, Brotherswaterhttp://www.sykeside.co.uk

Orton Farmers Market.

Today on the way to visit family near Penrith we spied a sign saying ‘Farmers Market, Orton’. Of course we love tastingΒ  local produce so decided to take a little detour.:-D.
It turns out the market is held every Saturday in this pretty Cumbrian Village. There were a scattering of stalls in the village centre and some indoors too.

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A couple of folk singers perform from their wagon.

We purchased some tasty treats including a soft scottish cheese rolled in oats and black pepper, Bessy Beck smoked trout pate and a decadent chocolate covered meringue.
I also noticed a sign saying Bric A Brac and an arrow pointing to the church so dragged a rather reluctant boyfriend inside.

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All Saints Church

I am always on the look out for a pretty vintage teacup or two but I didn’t uncover any at the Church sale.:-/ I did buy this rather fine brooch for Β£1 !

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And when I saw Mum later I discovered she had found me 15 Teacups! I am now all set to make lots of gorgeous teacup candles for my first craft fair of the year next wknd in Whalley.Thanks Mum πŸ˜€

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Also in Orton there is a rather nice Chocolate Shop called Kennedys.They already have anΒ  enviable Easter Egg display.

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The Tasty treats we purchased today.

Can’t wait to tuck into the goodies !

Keswick.

Today the boyfriend and I decided to head up to Keswick in the Lake District.He loves all the many outdoorsy shops and I’m never going to say no to a day out in such a picturesque setting. πŸ™‚

We got there just before lunch.It was a cold and clear fine day (At Last!) and our tummies rumbled their way to The Lakeland Pedlar.

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The Lakeland Pedlar is a hearty wholefood cafe popular with cyclists.It serves a comprehensive menu of great veggie food such as Black Bean and Beer Casserole and ‘Pedlars’ Hot and spicy Chilli. We are not vegetarians.We just like to go there cause the food is so darn tasty!

My Mediterranean Mezze.
My Mediterranean Mezze.

Wils Hot 'n'Spicy Chilli.
Wils Hot ‘n’Spicy Chilli.

The decor in the Pedlar is Vintage Bicycle inspired.There was formally a bike shop above the cafe but that has now moved to elsewhere in Keswick. A few cyclists still stopped by for grub though.The clientele included families with young children,walkers,cyclists and a couple with a very cute ‘Sportsman Lucas Terrier’ so doggies are welcome too.
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After our delicous meal we went for an amble round the shops.Even I got a bit outdoorsy and bought a scarlet coloured North Face jacket reduced in the sales. πŸ™‚
Both of us were pretty impressed with this tipi in the Nordic Outdoors store.

I want this Tipi :)
I want this Tipi πŸ™‚

A trip to Keswick is not the same without a wander down to the lake.Derwentwater is 3 miles long by 1 mile wide and is surrounded by pretty wooded fells.You can take a pleasure cruise around the lake but we just decided to enjoy the view from the launch. We could just make out a dusting of snow on the distant mountains.

silly goose.
silly goose.

Derwentwater.
Derwentwater.

The boat coming in.
The boat coming in.

After the lake we decided to check out another of Keswicks tourist attractions , the ‘Puzzling Place’. The Puzzling Place is an exhibition of optical illusions and puzzles in Museum square.We had a fun time figuring out the illusions.And yes some really did Amaze! One for the whole family.

The anti gravity room.
The anti gravity room.

Just enough time for coffee and cake before we headed home.I decided we had to visit the Wild Strawberry Tearooms just because they looked so pretty. πŸ™‚
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And the cake tasted good too.So much for my diet!