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This weekend I crossed an item off my bucket list that has been there for quite a while - to visit the Lake District and more specifically Beatrix Potter's house.
I love the Beatrix potter stories, I have the tv show and movie on DVD. The sweeping landscape views in both sets have inspired me immensely to visit the area. There are two train stations accessible in the district from London, I chose to arrive at Windermere, one ofthe ...
... the previous castle built 200 metres away,) and enlarged in 1635, it was sacked by Protestants in the later 1600s and left to rot. Almost no-one else there, a very informative ticket seller to fill in the history, we had a great time. Brilliant sunny day too. We were so lucky. We also looked at the foundations of the first castle.
Then drove back along the shore of Solway Firth to another farm camp. Distant echoes of fireworks, this being Guy Fawkes ...
... Rail Bridge cafe, where I have a homemade scone and Stu tries the black pudding salad. This is turning into an excellent afternoon!
But the day is pressing on, the light is starting to fade, and if we want to make Carlisle for teatime we still have 120 miles to cover. We skirt Edinburgh and luckily the traffic is light on the M8 towards Glasgow (it's a quirk of geography that to head South we need to make some distance West beforehand). We're soon cracking along down the ...
... was now nothing stopping the wind. It howled in from my left, taking my breath away and forcing me to face to one side during the climb. As I started to enter the base of the clouds the wind whipped ice crystals as well, stinging any exposed skin. The grass eventually started to disappear and all there was was broken black rock, glistening with moisture from the cloud I was now walking through. Visibility was down to around five meters, I could only vaguely make out the ...
... good intentions; they ran on money. Follow the money. The wall, while only a small part of the empire, had its soldiers monitoring who was coming and going, but it also was collecting tolls, assessing fees on products (farm crops mostly) being imported and exported. The popular focus is often on wars in this type of account, who is fighting whom; when the truth on the ground throughout history is who’s going to pay for those wars and how does the money get ...