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Monthly Archives: November 2011

Learn to cook near Kendal

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Whether you are aged 9 or 90, you can battle against Christmas boredom by making a bee-line for the baking tray, the bun-tin and the balloon whisk all on hand at the LucyCooks cookery school in Staveley, near Kendal.  This Lake District oasis of culinary genius has everything a food lover could want – excellent kitchens, with workstations for 24 people, inspiring courses and opportunities to share the love of food around the family.  While the pre-Christmas period sees many courses that can prepare a cook for the festive feasts they will be called upon to conjure up, there are also courses running between Christmas and New Year, which are ideal for do-something-different devotees. The first of these takes place on 29th December 2011 and is entitled Done with Christmas – Healthy Light Dishes From Around the World. This course will take the taste buds globetrotting, as it explores culinary dishes that are gems of a particular country’s cuisine and which provide all of the taste and less of the waist! This course will inspire anyone who thinks that good dishes only come with high calorie warnings and will show how other countries lead the way in eating healthily, for the wellbeing of both body and mind. The cost is £145, including refreshments, lunch with a glass of wine, all tuition and recipes and a goody bag of the food cooked to take home. The course runs from 9.30am to 4pm and can be booked online. On 30th December 2011, there is a perfect opportunity to get the children away from the video games and into the kitchen, where they can direct their energies towards the creation of tasty, hand-cooked dishes. Little chefs will have heaps of fun on the Family Fun Day Christmas Special at LucyCooks, made all the more relaxing by not having to worry about making a mess! They will also be able to create their own New Year’s treats to take come and share – along with all the bubbly tales of what they did in the LucyCooks massive and hugely awe-inspiring kitchen! The Christmas Family Fun day costs £125 for one adult and a child, with additional children being charged at £62.50. The day is usually suitable for those aged from around 5-6 and runs from 10am to 4pm. The price includes refreshments, lunch and a goody bag of the food treats that have been created on the day to take home. Bookings can be made by calling 01539 822507. The third option is a chance to spend your New Year’s Eve watching a chef demonstrate how to prepare the banquet on which you will feast. The LucyCooks Demo and Dine Gala Dinner will run from 8.30pm on 31st December 2011 to 12.30am on 1st January 2012 and includes canapés, four-course meal, demonstration, recipe folio, welcome LucyCooktail and a champagne toast at midnight. All of this costs just £75 per person and again places can be booked online.

“Second visit (3rd and 4th already booked)”

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The latest entry in our guestbook reads:

“Second visit (3rd and 4th already booked) to wonderful flat. Excellent accommodation and glorious position. Thanks again.”

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“Really lovely apartment”

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The latest entry in our guestbook reads:

“Really lovely apartment – welcoming, comfortable and luxury all wrapped in one. Hope to come back soon. With many thanks.”

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Wainwright Society 2012 calendar

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Apparently 75% of a print of 2,000 Wainwright Society 2012 calendars have already been sold. For those that aren’t aware, Alfred Wainwright, a former resident of Kendal, produced a famous series of pictorial guides to the Lakeland fells which still sell well today, despite it being more than 20 years since he passed away.

Each month of this beautiful calendar features one of his sketches with a photograph of the equivalent view today. It retails for just £10 including P&P, with all the profits going to charity.  Do hurry if you’d like to get hold of one!

“Great location and great weather for November”

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The latest entry in our guestbook reads:

“First time stay at this lovely apartment. Great location and great weather for November. Came for the Mountain Fest. Will recommend. Thank you.”

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Fourth Wordsworth house in the Lake District

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The National Trust is planning to open a fourth Wordsworth house in the Lake District: a Georgian villa called Allan Bank.  Wordsworth actually wasn’t too fond of the property at first, having had problems with smoking chimneys and referring to it as a “temple of abomination”!

Allan Bank has a double significance to the National Trust as it was also home to Canon Hardwick Rawnsley who was one of the Trust’s co-founders.  The house is currently an empty shell but events are being held this week to invite the public to have their say on how they think it should be shown.

In the meantime, you can visit the Wordsworth homes of Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount, both in Grasmere, and his birthplace in Cockermouth.

“Could live here!”

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The latest entry in our guestbook reads:

“Had a lovely time. Really nice apartment. Could live here! Hope to come back soon. Thank you, Paul and Becky.”

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Kendal Cricket Club – doing what’s right for Kendal

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For those of you who aren’t aware, Kendal already has six supermarkets. A Booths, a Marks & Spencer’s and an Iceland in the town centre, and out-of-town supermarkets in the form of ADSA, ALDI and Morrisons (not to mention local butchers, greengrocers, farm shops, several Spars, a twice-weekly market and the occasional farmers’ market).

So we really don’t need a seventh – a proposed Sainsbury’s on the site of Kendal Cricket Club‘s cricket ground on Shap Road.  (If you really want a Sainsbury’s, there’s one about half an hour away anyway.)  Yet this is what has been proposed for some time, with the cricket club having to move elsewhere.  For some time, the club has made it clear that they don’t want to move but unfortunately the club don’t actually own the land on which it plays, but instead only has a lease on it that runs until 2026.

And thankfully, in their wisdom, the cricket club have just held an extraordinary general meeting and voted 64 to 1 against the newly proposed supermarket.  It’s good to know that the people of Kendal want to retain the green spaces we have.

So, good news all round… no more unnecessary supermarkets (for now, at least), no increased congestion around that particular site, and Kendal Cricket Club get to continue to play at the ground they’ve been at for more than a century.

“Hope to book later this afternoon for next year”

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The latest entry in our guestbook reads:

“An amazing apartment with views. Excellent location. Hope to book later this afternoon for next year. Suitable for disabled as well.”

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A walk along Stock Ghyll Beck near Ambleside

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The weather has been magical this last week or so.  It’s a little wet underfoot but the rain has mostly fallen overnight, and the days have been beautifully sunny, cool and crisp. It’s a lovely time of year to visit. Yesterday morning, after taking our sons to football practice in Windermere, we went for a short walk (they had just played an hour’s football!) from Ambleside, along Stock Ghyll Beck, up past Stock Ghyll Force and back, with a stop for smoked salmon sandwiches on the way back down. Here’s one of our pictures from the walk.