Monday, 7 March 2016

Country Days

 Here i am back again after a lovely refreshing few days in the country last week.......
 .........we stayed in a cosy cottage in troutbeck in the lake district............
 .........it was so wonderful to have time to rest, relax and reflect...........to walk among the beautiful peaceful scenery with my lovely mr p and molly the dog..........and to cosy up beside the log fire in the evenings and enjoy my books and crochet..............
 ............as always on these country breaks i did a little bit of painting too to add to my on going scrapbook of the country seasons............
 ............the fells all around were topped with snow which looked so beautiful especially against a blue sky..........below is a roof top view over the little town of windermere...........
 .............and here is a view of lake windermere with a background of snowy mountain tops and some cute perching gulls.............
 ............we walked a lot of country paths whatever the weather........
 ..............below is a view of tarn hows when it was still sunny...soon after the weather closed in and it became rainy and sleety.......we went to lots of tea shops after our walks for delicious cake......
 ...............we had a little drive over the kirkstone pass to see the snowy hills a bit closer.....
 ..........the hardy sheep there don't mind the cold at all............
 ................and now back in windermere and some bright and cheery tulips outside the pretty florist's shop there......
 ...............one of our favourite places is ambleside and here is one of the sweet little cottages there....
 ..............i brought a bunch of lakeland daffodils home with me and a new little set of bottles to display flowers....home again and lots of spring flowers have bloomed in our garden..........
 .............this week i am feeling inspired and have lots of new plans for crafting and creating.....next time i hope to have my spring giveaway ready too :)...............
................thank you so much for visiting me here in my little blog space dear readers.......and thank you for your kind comments which are such a joy to read..........wishing you a wonderful week with sunshine and spring flowers and plenty of crafty inspiration.........back soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

53 comments:

driftwood said...

it looks like a really beautiful trip Helen, such a gorgeous place to visit x

Christine Barnsley said...

Looks like you had a wonderful trip! The lakes are so beautiful! Glad you have come home refreshed and full of new ideas! Have a lovely week! Christine x

Kate said...

I very much enjoyed your travelogue, Helen.

marmarel said...

So lovely pics from your country-visit!
Greetings from Marijke

Mary 120 Spring Street said...

You could be a travel agent, you've sold me on wanting to visit this beautiful area! The daffodils are delightful, mine have been budding for weeks, through rain and sleet and snow ;) Wish I were there to share tea, thanks for sharing your pictures they're delightful!

Mary

Maywyn Studio said...

Wonderful vacation retreat in the country!
The daffodils are gorgeous.

Stange and ich said...

the crocheted things look great! And your photos are as always fantastic.
Greetings from the snow
Antje

KC'sCourt! said...

Looks like you had a most wonderful time
Julie xxxxx

Jacky H said...

Hi Helen
everything looks lovely wish I was there.
I'm off a big adventure on sunday.
We flying out to Spain to live part of the year there.

Mickie said...

Helen,
What a lovely holiday retreat. Love the pictures of the little villages and countryside. My husband and I love little road trips through small towns on quiet roads rather than the busy interstate highways. So much more to see and enjoy.
Of course, I always love seeing the beautiful crochet projects you are working on. What beautiful colors!
Thank you for sharing.
Mickie, USA

Cindy said...

What a pretty place to go to relax! I recognize the place names from reading the Beatrix Potter books by Susan Wittig Albert. Our flowers are just coming up, no blossoms yet. But soon! Have a great week!

Florrie May51 said...

Looks like you've had a fabulous time...nothing like the countryside and a little R & R to recharge the batteries :) love the colours in your crochet x

Jane said...

It sounds as though the break has done you a world of good Helen, I'm so pleased for you. Your crafty batteries have been restored. Take it easy and enjoy finding your inspiration. What a super little water painting you did. Much love xx

Kim said...

Your getaway looks so like it was a ton of fun...oh and those tulips wrapped in paper?? Sweet!!

Ali said...

such a lovely post, with beautiful pictures - I was just mentioning to my hubby the other day - we should go back, as we havent visited for ages xx

Jennifer said...

It looks like you had a very nice trip, Helen. I love all the spring things and pastel colors in your post today. I hope you have a good week.

Gracie Saylor said...

Welcome Home, Helen! I imagined you having a lovely time last week, and it was a treat to read this post and see some of what you saw in your travels. I was surprised to see snow on the surrounding mountains and especially enjoyed seeing the stalwart sheep happy in his chilly environment. I loved the glimpse of your artist's journal and your pretty crochet and flowers as well. I am thinking about taking a water color class at the local junior college, and am hoping to work more on drawing more flowers in Rose's album Thurs. through Sunday at a house retreat with three other fiends a few blocks from the sea. Cheering on your creative efforts!xxxxx

Mountain Mama said...

How incredibly lovely! You are truly blessed!

sew said...

So glad you & Mr P had a lovely time - not forgetting Miss Molly, of course - and I think I spotted the Tailor of Gloucester too if I'm not mistaken!

Suzie said...

Sigh - I love the Lake district - my favourite place in the world. We are so lucky to live only a 2 hour drive from such beauty.

Love Suzie - Wirral x

kathy said...

I just finished Bill Bryson's "Road To Little Dribbling" where he spent a bit of time in the lake district noting the places you managed to stay at. Sounds beautiful.

Amy at love made my home said...

Glad you had a lovely time!! xx

Jo@awholeplotoflove said...

It sounds like you had a lovely time xx

greenrabbitdesigns said...

Thank you for sharing your lovely break with us Helen, it looks and sounds like you had a wonderful time and so lovely that little Molly could go too.
Your crochet and flowers are beautiful as always and how fabulous is your painting!
Enjoy your week my dear,
V x

Baa. xxx said...

Beautiful pictures!

crazydazy said...

Beautiful photos....glad you had a lovely break.

Tammy McDonald said...

Beautiful pictures I know why you enjoyed your time away the scenery was gorgeousas well as spending time with lived ones 💟💟💟

Frances said...

Dear Helen, I really appreciate your sharing all those photographs of the Lakes District (a place I have yet to actually visit myself.) I will make a note of the locations you visited.

Isn't it grand to actually find all these signs of early spring? So much inspiration in this fresh new season.

xo

Lorrie said...

Your getaway looks delightful. I usually return from time away filled with ideas and creativity. Stepping back from every day life often does that. Isn't it lovely to see the spring flowers and the lengthening days?

Art and Sand said...

Thanks for the little trip to the country!

Stins said...

So great to hear you had a terrific time, looks like you really enjoyed yourselves! Beautiful pictures of beautiful places... Hugs from Mirjam.

Delia West said...

So good to see and hear about your wonderful country break which was much needed for you. The photo's are lovely and I love the colours of your crochet squares. Enjoy your week, dee x

gillyflower said...

Sounds like youve had a wonderful break Helen, and have come back refreshed and full of new ideas! Lovely photos of where you were, the snow on the hills looks very dramatic.
Gill xx

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Such a lovely and relaxing break for you Helen....your photographs are gorgeous! My grandma grew up in the Lake District and I've spent some very happy times in this area so it's been a treat to read your post...very pretty crochet and beautiful painting too!
Susan x

Gabri Ercole said...

You make me dream with your photoes from countryside...really a relaxing holiday!!have happy week too

Teresa Kasner said...

What a perfect place for you and your sweetheart to go and get a fresh perspective on the world! I loved everything about that place.. the charming cottages, the lake, the snowy mountains.. what a joy! Your new blanket is most charming. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

thewarmfireplace said...

Lovely pictures and glad you had such a lovely break, the Lake District is so beautiful.
Sue

cristina said...

I looove the sheep!!! and al photos!
I'm happy to see you here again, Helen!
A big hug!

Ana Lopes said...

Hello dear Helen! Such a wonderful place to spend some days relaxing! The lake and the white mountains are amazing! I love all delightful photos and the gorgeous daffodils.
Hope you are having a lovely week!
Hugs and love from Portugal,
Ana Love Craft
www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

handmade by amalia said...

Beatrix Potter country! She is one of my favorites. Looks like fun times.
Amalia
xo

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

It does the soul such good to have a break and enjoy another place. Then you are ready to be home...energized for whatever the week brings. I need to get back to sewing and crafting. Happy Spring! Hugs, Diane

bj said...

Oh, I so enjoyed this lovely post...the photos are so pretty...your granny squares are beautiful and I am trying hard to learn the granny square.
Your blog is one of my very favorites.
xo

Pat's Patch said...

Beautiful, beautiful photos of your country break. My son used to live in troutbeck, I remember visiting and it being so very peaceful, just hills sheep and swallows darting everywhere. And a lovely shop in Ambleside , Silver Moon. Your photos are exquisite Helen, and bring back beautiful memories of S Lakes. Your painting ang crocheting gorgeous too. Love Pat.

Madelief said...

Dear Helen,

Happy to hear you enjoyed the Lake District so much. I will be going there in June and looking forward to it very much. The scenery on your photo's looks so very beautiful. Can't wait to visit!

Love the sweet touches of spring in your garden and home.

Happy weekend ahead!

Madelief x

Thimbleanna said...

Oh you lucky girl -- what a beautiful little getaway! We ended up going over Kirkstone Pass completely by accident years ago -- it was one of my favorite parts of our trip to the Lake District -- it was so beautiful -- we loved all the stone walls and sheep! LOVE the pretty colors in your crochet -- can't wait to see your finished project!

Things and Thoughts said...

Lake District is a well known destination I think. So beautiful photos of it! Your captures spread freshness and cheerfulness everywhere Helen!
Enjoy the weekend
Olympia

Viola said...

Dear Helen, I haven't visited your blog for a long time now but this post is so beautiful as all your posts are. I hav never been to the lake district but you pictures look amazing. I love this landscape a lot. Your new crochet blanket looks wonderful, the fresh colour almost call for spring. Enjoy your weekend, Viola

Lee said...

Hi Helen,So glad you enjoyed your time away,looks like you enjoyed a Happy Relaxing trip.Such a Fantastic place to visit,that scenery.Love all your wonderful pics,thanks for sharing.You have such talent too.Happy Weekend.Huggles/Cuddles for Molly dog.xx

Susan Joyce said...

I'm new to your blog, what a wonderful place. I especially like the colors, so fresh and pretty!

Jane Hirst said...

Hi Helen, what a beautiful giveaway. I was a very lucky girl to receive your book for my Birthday last month.
Please include me into the draw.

Luv Jane xx

Jane Hirst said...

P.S. I am a following and look forward to your post's.
Luv Jane xx

Jane Hirst said...

Hi Helen, what a beautiful giveaway. I was a very lucky girl to receive your book for my Birthday last month.
Please include me into the draw.

Luv Jane xx

flowers on my table said...

Oops I seem to have missed this post. So glad you had such a lovely break.I used to live near Kendal and get real pangs to go back when I see photos. It is such a special place and holds many memories for me. Your flowers and bottles are lovely and your little paintings are very sweet. It is beginning to feel more like Spring now, and makes me feel like tackling things. Much love to you, Linda xx