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
LINK TO HOLKER HALL
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.