Birthday weekend in The Lakes

My birthday weekend was just the best. Graeme booked us a little town house in Kendal in the Lake District to celebrate the occasion. I say little, the house he booked through Airbnb was actually quite big with three floors, 4 bedrooms, a wood fire, a  lovely kitchen diner leading to a private yard where we sat in the mornings and drank coffee. The location was really good too… 15 minute walk from Kendal town centre and a 10 minute walk from the castle.

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We spent our first day exploring Kendal, mostly shopping and making some ‘interesting purchases’. We stopped for some afternoon tea at a tiny little tea room on the main highstreet before heading back to the house for a nap (yes this is how we roll and I love it!). After recharging at the house in the afternoon we wandered up to Kendal castle to catch the sunset in the evening. It was lovely, although the walk back in the dark was a bit scary! We spent the rest of our evening on the sofa with takeaway and a movie after many painstaking attempts to get the wood fire started.

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The next day we drove to Ambleside for breakfast at The Apple Pie Cafe & Bakery (highly recommend).  After my American pancakes,  Heather and Laura came to meet us for the day. We had a nosey in National Trust’s Bridge House and then walked up to the waterfalls before driving to Wateredge and hopping on a boat to Bowness. The weather was so nice but it was absolutely freezing on the lake. We enjoyed fish and chips in Bowness (I forgot to take a photo before I wolfed them down but they were epic) and did a bit of Christmas shopping!

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After lunch we got the boat back to Waterhead to jump back in the car. We had a nice scenic drive to Keswick where we made it just in time to visit Puzzling Place, an optical illusion and puzzles museum. It quite a small ‘out of the way’ place but I’d highly recommend going if you’re in the area, especially if you’re into puzzles or rolling around the floor and and that type of thing.

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From Keswick we drove back to Wateredge for another Lake District sunset and for dinner at the Wateredge Inn. Heather and Laura left us after dinner to head back to Bolton while Graeme and I made our way back to the Kendal town house. We decided to stay in the attic room that night with its big bay window to watch the Supermoon! The lunar eclipse definitely ended the weekend on the best note. Here’s to happy birthdays!

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