Peter Rabbit, Wordsworth and a steam gondola

Trip Start Sep 07, 2012
Trip End Sep 29, 2012

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Where I stayed
Thornbank House Windermere
Read my review - 5/5 stars
What I did
Dove Cottage Grasmere
Read my review - 4/5 stars
Hill Top Ambleside
Read my review - 3/5 stars

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Saturday, September 15, 2012

We started the day driving up to the Dove Cottage.  
This is when I wished we had taken a bus tour as I wanted to be able to look at the view, not work at missing the cars around me.  It simply is beautiful.  Serene, calm, breathtaking were all words that came to mind as we spent time here.  

This was the home of William Wordsworth while living in the Lake District.  Most of his major works were written while living in this idyllic lake area.  I could easily see how the surroundings would inspire him as well as painters like Turner.  

We spent the morning touring his home.  It was interesting that, at times, there were "2 beds in every room and 2 people in every bed" in this tiny cottage.  Wordsworth had a small door installed so that he could go directly up to the bedroom.  It must have been hectic with all the children, relatives and guests.  It is not that much bigger and my house and when we have 3 or more guests, it makes me bonkers.  

Next door was the Wordsworth museum that I went through until I became overwhelmed.  Too many words.  I had to take a break.

From their we drove up to Hill Top, that was used by Beatrix Potter as her writing studio.  True to form, there were gardens with rabbits outside.  This, for me, was a very expensive stop -- 8 per person to view a cottage furnished with Beatrix Potter's belongings.  She wanted it to look as though she had taken a walk, so there were not markings or signs giving information.  If you wanted information, that was another 4.50.  

We then went down to the Coniston Waters where we had a small lunch (very tasty tomato soup for me), and took a small tram to the lake.  There we rode a steamer gondola on the lake.  This ship was late 19th century that was refurbished.  The captain of the boat had time to gab with us, giving lots of information on the visitors to the houses along the way.  This was also the spot where in 1967, Donald Campbell met is untimely end trying to set the land speed record of 300 mph.  

We started back to the room, tired after a very nice day as the sky started looking a little blistery. Dinner for me was a little egg mayo (egg salad to you Yanks) from the local co-op (7-11).  
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