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Monthly Archives: March 2011

“Everything one could want”

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The latest entry in our guestbook reads:

“Wonderful apartment, everything one could want. So thoughtful and very relaxing!!”

To view more feedback from our guests, please see our guests’ comments page.

Cumberland sausage given EU protection

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The Cumberland sausage has followed in the footsteps of the Cornish pasty to be given EU protection and become Britain’s 44th protected food.  It is the first of Britain’s sausages to be given what is called PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) status which means that the sausages must be produced to an agreed method. Sausages displaying the PGI mark will have been produced, processed and prepared in Cumbria and contain at least 80% meat and be at least three-quarters of an inch thick. Cumberland sausage was first documented in 1911 but is thought to have a 500-year heritage that dates back to the 16th Century and the influx of German miners to the area.

“Superb location”

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The latest entry in our guestbook reads:

“Superb apartment. Superb location. Superb attention to detail. We will return. Thank you.”

To view more feedback from our guests, please see our guests’ comments page.

Spring is most definitely here!

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It’s an absolutely gorgeous morning in Kendal today.   Sunny… blue sky… crisp, cool air… and a forecast that suggests this is how it’s going to remain for the week ahead (aside from a short shower on Sunday).  The Guardian’s Tony Greenbank has written a short piece entitled ‘Country Diary: Lake District‘ in which he comments that “the great groundsman in the sky has readied the fells for the year ahead” and, speaking of the transition from Winter to Spring, writes “this dramatic turnabout has felt quite literally as Wordsworth himself first phrased it, ‘the surprise of joy’ indeed”.  There’s also a nice picture (a horizontal horizon would have made it better still!) of Haweswater which is just a short drive from here.

“Excellent break”

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The latest entry in our guestbook reads:

“Excellent break. First rate accommodation. Friendly town. We shall return.”

To view more feedback from our guests, please see our guests’ comments page.

Wildlife news from our riverside apartment

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You could be forgiven for thinking that a town centre location might mean our accommodation is not well situated for spotting wildlife.  However, you’d be wrong!  Here are a few sightings recorded by residents over the last year or so which hopefully give you a flavour of what you might be lucky enough to spot if you keep your eyes peeled when staying with us:

February 2010: Otter tracks seen in the snow on the river bank.

June 2010: A dipper perched on one of the apartment balconies, and watched its reflection for a minute or so.

October 2010: One resident noted that he has now seen kingfishers a few times from his apartment.  He even saw two having a scrap!  The depth measuring equipment in the river seems to be a favoured perch.

October 2010: A resident reported watching a young otter for some time, investigating the riverbank and the holt in the base of the apartment building. It was aware that it was being watched, but didn’t seem too bothered!

November 2010: Waxwings were seen at the top of the trees opposite the apartment building. They flew back and forth for some time.

November 2010: Long tail tits seen since late November and even seen foraging on the apartment balconies.

December 2010: Single dabchick and gadwall seen together from the apartments, and two whooper swans. Hard weather had possibly displaced them to running water.

January 2011: Drake goldeneye recorded.

February 2011: Evidence of otter droppings seen close to the part remains of a salmon.

Win a holiday courtesy of Holiday Lettings

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Holiday Lettings are running a competition where you can win a week on a luxury golf resort in Northern Ireland. On top of that you’ll get a case of wine from Naked Wines, £100 to spend at M&S, plus vouchers towards transport, spa treatments, green fees at the Nick Faldo Championship course and the Lough Erne Club House & Restaurant.

All you have to do is cast a vote for your favourite holiday home on their website by entering an ID number and submitting your details.

Naturally, we’d really appreciate it if you could say your fave is our place! If you did want to vote for us, then the link to our property on their website (which you’ll need in order to enter) is http://www.holidaylettings.co.uk/rentals/kendal/138112

We don’t win anything ourselves for being voted… other than gain a little prestige! In addition to selecting a property, you have to say why it’s your favourite, and give your name and email address.

Here’s where you enter: http://www.holidaylettings.co.uk/halloffame/ – and the closing date for entries is 1st April 2011.

Good luck!

“A wonderful, wonderful apartment!”

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The latest entry in our guestbook reads:

“A wonderful, wonderful apartment!  We loved staying here – thank you for all your care!”

To view more feedback from our guests, please see our guests’ comments page.

National Vegetarian Week at the Quaker Tapestry Centre in Kendal

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The keepers of the Quaker Tapestry in Kendal (a modern textile made by 4,000 men, women and children, aged from 4 to 90 and from 15 different countries) hope to dispel some of the mystery surrounding who Quakers are and what they do through National Vegetarian Week (23rd-29th May 2011).

As part of the week’s celebrations people will be able to learn how the Quakers are linked to chocolate (not oats), how an old fashioned approach to food has become fashionable again, try the Quaker recipe for preserving children, check out celebrity Quaker recipes and explore how a plateful of food represents so much in terms of health, economics, environment and human equality. All this as well as eating great vegetarian food.

Visitors to the centre will be able to enjoy the newly refurbished and renamed ‘meeting house café’, which offers an oasis of calm. On a sunny day, tables are set out in the courtyard of the grade 2* listed building from where the only noise to be heard are the town’s bells. Or you can borrow a picnic rug and laze on the lawn to enjoy both the Quaker inspired planting (early Quakers were great horticulturalists) and al fresco feasting!

In the main house, you can find:

- the Barrett counterpane – a nineteenth century hand embroidered coverlet started by Marianne Barrett in 1899 with connections to the Victorian Art World, William Morris and Queen Victoria herself. Stitch by stitch, thread by thread, the counterpane took shape over a period of ten years during which time 34 embroiderers, all of them women, made their own squares. The oldest embroiderer was aged 83 and the youngest was in her early teens.

- the Quaker Tapestry – made by 4,000 men, women and children, aged from 4 to 90 and from 15 different countries this amazing modern tapestry depicts a fascinating wealth of stories from the last 350 years.

- Full Steam Ahead: The Quakers and Railways – a captivating, interactive display, which tells of how Edward Pease, a Darlington Quaker and George Stephenson, an accomplished engineer, shared a vision and built a railway. Featuring a working model railway layout, this enchanting display will be of interest to young and old alike.