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Monthly Archives: April 2010

This weekend: Rydal Mount Dawn Chorus experience

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A brand new and idyllic tourism experience is on offer this coming weekend at Rydal Mount in Cumbria – the most beloved home of the Romantic poet William Wordsworth and his home for 37 years, from 1813.

On Sunday 2nd May 2010, visitors pre-booked with the poet’s family home, based at Rydal near Ambleside, will be able to enjoy the tweets and twitters of the dawn chorus, just as William and family did back in the nineteenth Century, as daylight emerges over tranquil Rydal.

The event will start at 05.30am in the stunning gardens, where the sounds of a woodpecker, robins, chaffinch, thrush, blackbirds, nuthatches and many other birds can often be heard.  The group will listen to the tweet and rustle of nature and appreciate the poetry that Wordsworth would often recite to himself in his summerhouse and on the terraces that he designed.

The Rydal Mount Dawn Chorus experience costs £6.00 per person, with an option of adding a tour of the Rydal Mount house to this nature-focused experience for an additional £1.50. Booking is essential.

One more good reason for a UK holiday?

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Apparently, it’s going to get more expensive to fly out of the UK as the airlines seek to recover costs in the aftermath of the Iceland volcanic ash disruption. It’s claimed that UK travellers will have to pay an additional £1.8 billion for flights – equating to £48 each on average – according to figures from the Centre for Economics and Business Research for the website Kelkoo. The study also warns that fares are set to rise by 11.5% by 2012.  If you were contemplating going abroad this summer, maybe you’ll want to think again…

Latest guest book entry

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The latest entry in our guest book reads:

“Have enjoyed this weekend more than  a week in Turkey.  Thanks Iceland!  Thoroughly enjoyed it…”

Of course this is in reference to the recent eruption of Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland which sent plumes of ash into the atmosphere and grounded flights into and out of the UK for several days.

A Kendal staycation!

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At the last minute last weekend we decided to take a few days off and thought we’d take our children to London to see some of the sights as they’ve yet to go. As it turned out, with a number of schools still on their Easter break, everywhere was fairly booked up so we changed our plans and decided to holiday from home instead!  And we didn’t regret it one bit…

On Monday we went for a walk near Coniston, walking from Coppermines Valley up to Levers Water.  It was an absolutely glorious day, with blue skies and a fabulous view back down towards Coniston village and Coniston Water. Living in the Lakes you sometimes find you don’t walk the hills as much as you should as it’s one of those things you know you can go and do any time. On the way back, we stopped off for a drink at The Waterhead Hotel at Waterhead (on the outskirts of Ambleside), sitting in their grounds that back on to Windermere’s shore.

On Tuesday we took a couple of cruises on Windermere with Windermere Lake Cruises – something that I’m ashamed to say I probably haven’t done for 20 years or so.  After carefully avoiding one of the swans at Bowness that seemed convinced that I had food to share, we headed to Rufty Tufty’s in Ambleside – a soft play centre for little ones.

And on Wednesday we went to a place I can’t really say I care for a great deal… Blackpool.  It’s only an hour or so drive away and we went to The Sandcastle Waterpark.  Putting Blackpool’s tack aside, I have to admit that our boys absolutely loved it!

When you live somewhere like here, and you’re lucky enough to have the weather that we’ve enjoyed over the past week, I guess there really is no need to go away on holiday.  It’s just a case of being disciplined enough to ignore work for a moment, forget that there’s a pile of washing building up, and just enjoy the comforts of home more.