One weekend earlier this month I had 2 weddings to go to. I only had 2 weddings this year and they were both on the same day. Luckily my friends were having a party the night before their wedding so I was able to attend that and then jump in the car at 730am the next morning to drive the 230 miles to the Ribble Valley (near Preston in NW England) so I could go to my cousin's wedding.
But this post isn't really about weddings. On the way back from England we took a small detour into the northern Lake District as it was such a lovely day and we had my aunt from the States visiting.
We drove along the side of Bassenthwaite Lake and stopped to watch the steamers sailing up and down the lake and then we drove on through Mungrisdale to Caldbeck and Priests Mill, home to the Wool Clip, the waterwheel cafe and a new craft shop, Cherry Didi, selling products produced by local artisans mixed with handcrafts from Nepal.
It was here that I made my latest purchase for the flat. A beautiful oak stool handmade from fallen trees found on estates around the Lake District. The company, Olive Design UK, are based in Cumbria and make a range of stools and serving boards from oak and oak plywood.
We came across a Lake District style traffic jam on the way home, just to amuse my aunt!