I fulfilled some of my dreams on my last trip in the UK. Because we stayed in many B and Bs, I finally experienced how it felt to sleep in an attic room. It is cosy, but the ceiling is relatively low.
We ate almost the same full English breakfast for five days. Every morning we had a big plate of a fried tomato slice, mushrooms, poached egg, extremely salted bacon, sausage, hashed brown, and beans. On the last day I knew I could leave the UK without any regret because obviously I had absorbed enough calories in this country.
Windermere is renowned for the Windermere Lake. Since the arrival of the Kendal and Windermere Railway branch line in 1847, it has become one of the most popular resorts in the UK. Here, the B and B business is extremely competitive. We chose two for our two-night stay in the town. Brook House, as shown in the photos above, is run by a very amicable couple. As for the second one Parkbeck, the owners are typically English. Mrs. Stevenson told us the impact of economic recession is keenly felt in the tourism industry.
This is a very luxurious B and B. I'll stay here if I get a chance to come next time!
We felt the excitement of the diamond jubilee celebration and the relaxed feel of summer trips.
We saw many couples on the road. The Lake District is a perfect get-away for honeymoon. Based on my personal experience, my merely being there already placed me in a superb mood.
The police station looked very peaceful. The policemen must have gone to row boats...
There is a mini-theatre in the town.
The main hub of the town centers around the lakeside. Here there are ferries that go to other towns and lakes.
Windermere is the largest natural lake in the UK. It is a long, narrow, finger-shaped ribbon lake, formed in a glacial trough after the retreat of ice.
Windermere is in the county of Cumbria, i.e. the northwest part of England. It is within the Lake District National Park.
It was heavenly to sit near the lakeside and sketch on such a sunny day.
Another important task in Windermere was to visit Potter Museum. The author and illustrator Beatrix Potter spent more than half of her life here in this beautiful part of the UK.
The museum is not large on scale, but Potter's characters are all turned into three-dimensional figurines. I really love the background and space design.
In terms of looks, my favorite is the frog Jeremy Fisher.
There is a small garden in the back of the museum.
Peter Rabbit sneaks into Mr. McGregor's garden and eats his vegetables when Mrs. Rabbit goes to the bakery. As the latter spots and chases him, Peter manages to run away, but he leaves his blue coat and shoes behind. Mr. McGregor uses the jacket for his new scarecrow.
Plants mentioned in the stories are grown in the garden, which also provides as many ingredients as possible for the restaurant affiliated to the museum.