Wednesday 30 August 2023

Woyww - Eeh! August you’ve been a busy month

My August has been a busy month. Tomorrow I’ll finish my ‘Walk 31Miles In August’ charity walk for Maggies Cancer Centres. Then I am walking for Dementia UK throughout September.  I’ve got new walking boots at the ready for that one.

We’ve had two lovely breaks with different friends in the Lake District, one at our little caravan and one stay at the beautiful family run Clare House Hotel in Grange Over Sands.  If I could live there I would, it’s so welcoming, relaxing and the food is some of the best I’ve ever eaten.

Lunch with best friend Sue 

It’s years since we visited the house and gardens at Holker Hall so we scheduled that into our plans during our Cumbrian break.  It’s a grande place that is still a family home to the Cavendish’s.  One of the guides told us that the family must have been playing billiards the night before as they found an empty wine glass. Everything in that room was large scale including the 16th century games table.  

The thing I loved best was all the textiles and patterns. In one room I counted ten different patterns of varying colours and designs.  No minimalism or matching up in there and it all worked together.

In the library there were over 3000 books including this one 

Some shots of the gardens

Weird garden gnomes haha


We’ve also had another trip aboard the steam train at the East Lancs Railway in Bury, Lancashire.
This time we did the fine dining evening. Good company, a four course meal and good wine for the drinkers amongst us.

But the best thing about August is that my sister has at least moved five minutes
up the road to us from Oxford, after 15years away. The bad news is her furniture is still
in storage and will be until the house has been rewired, replastered and a new staircase fitted.

We can get through all that though because at the end of the day
at least she is home.

So crack on Philip there’s tons of work for you to do.

Hope August has been kind to you all.
Who knows I may even get to my desk at some point in September.


  1. Wow you have been busy and I enjoyed seeing what you’ve been up to! How lovely to have your sister back in the area, that’s a real treat. My brother is hoping to move back to Gower, so he won’t be far from me! I absolutely loved the shot of the book spines, I think the one about swearing is a Must Read for me! And that dahlia is gorgeous, I really must get more of them for my garden.
    Hugs LLJ 11 xx

  2. I'm on a roll this morning. I've done the wedding dress and bridesmaid's dress plus shortened another dress and now have time to blog before the next customer arrives.
    What a wonderful lot of photos you're sharing. Speaking personally it's a wonderful thing when your sister moves close...enjoy every minute.
    Annie x #9

  3. My goodness you have been very busy! Thanks for the lovely photos!
    Glenda #18

  4. What a lovely garden, despite to odd gnomes LOL! Enjoy your travesl - you desk can wait...

    Happy desk-hop day!
    Mary Anne (4)

  5. What a glorious time you've had throughout August Lynn 🥰😍🤩💟🤗🌈 your adventures a joy to read 📚 your photos a feast for the eyes 👀 absolutely looooove your post 💟❤️💕🤩🤗😍🌈🥰🌈😍⭐️ Sending love and hugs Tracy #13 xxx

  6. It looks like you've had a busy month of August indeed - unlike mine, which was mostly work and little play.
    I loved accompanying you to Holker Hall, which looks like my kind of place.
    Well done on completing August's charity walk, and wishing you good luck with September's challenge, which I'm sure will be a doddle with your new walking boots! Sending you and Philip our love xxx

  7. Glad to read your Maggie walks have been productive. You sure were busy.

    Holker Hall sounds fun. Some of that fabric and wallpaper reminded me of William Morris's designs. And of course, I stopped dead in my tracks when I saw that old rocking horse. I am in LOVE. Happy WOYWW from # 1.

  8. oh Lynn, what a wonderful month you've had - Holker Hall looks stunning, that staircase! those fabrics.... well done on all the walking and taking on another one for September! How lovely to have your sister close after so long. Helen #2

  9. Such lovely pics of your trips out. You are so like me on your hall visits. I love to search out any textile pieces or beautiful fabrics. I have been twice to see the Kafe Fassett quilts at Powis Castle. 😀 x x Jo

  10. Thanks for your commitment to helping us learn

  11. "These boots are made for walking'" ... good for you for all the walking you've been doing for charities. This was a very enjoyable post and you two make adorable garden gnomes!

  12. The stand out for me Lynn is that your sister is at last home. My little sis is a couple of hours away and is entirely reachable, almost weekly, but my big sis is in the USA and the older we get, the harder that's getting. You've had an amazing month, your desk will wait till the days are shorte and the weather's a bit mucky! Meanwhile...carry on, am loving your every move!!

  13. I can't see the images on your blog, has anyone else had the same problem?