Today’s guest picture was taken by my daughter Annie and shows some old gentleman or other in the garden on a wet day at Dalemain in Cumbria.
Our daughter was visiting for a couple of days so naturally the rain clouds set in and it was a miserable morning. A quick check on the weather forecast showed that it was going to go on being miserable all day so what could be better than an excursion? Nothing.
The forecast had suggested that it might rain slightly more gently in the Penrith area around lunchtime so we headed off in that direction. Our first stop was at Dalemain, a fine house on the edge of the Lake District.
You can buy a ticket for a tour of the house or one for a tour of the garden and as it was raining quite steadily, we naturally chose the garden. It was beautiful, even in the rain. There were gorgeous flowers on every side…
Great views in the garden…
…and lovely views from the garden….
One of the highlights was a display of meconopsis set against rhododendrons that even in the rain positively glowed with colour.
It was pleasantly warm and the garden was well sheltered and we enjoyed the stroll immensely. We will certainly come back again.
As well as the garden, we visited the Great Barn…
…which houses a display of old machinery of all sorts including early washing machines, agricultural implements and transport of various kinds.
We passed by an old gentlemen who was feeding great tits from his hand in the courtyard and we waved at a passing deer…
…as we left and headed down to Pooley Bridge at the top of Ullswater. Annie was keen to see a lake while in the Lake District.
The weather forecast didn’t let us down and the rain eased for a while as we walked along the lakes shore.
We were in full tourist mode by now and soon left the lake as the rain started and headed across country to Larch Cottage Nurseries. This, as well as being an excellent garden centre, has a nice café. We were too late for lunch and made do with a cake or scone each. This was the view from the window as we sipped our coffee.
Larch Cottage is a most unusual garden centre but it has featured in the blog before and as it was pouring with rain while we walked round, I only took one picture today. This was a combination of blue plants that really appealed to Mrs Tootlepedal.
I was much struck by the red flowers on this chestnut tree at the entrance to the car park. I have never registered seeing one of these before but I saw three today in various places.
There is no doubt that it won’t be too long before we are back in this part of the country but once again the rain ensured that we didn’t stay too long today and at my daughter’s suggestion, we were soon driving up the valley of the river Eden to see one of the largest bronze age stone circles in England.
This was Long Meg and Her Daughters near Little Salkeld.
Even in the rain, this was an impressive sight and site. It is far too big for a ground based photographer to do it justice.
I had seen this on the map but I didn’t realise that it was such an impressive site on the ground. I am surprised that so little is made of it. There was no information board or proper car park. I can only assume that the land owner is not keen on visitors.
We drove back home on quiet country roads line with buttercups and cow parsley as far as Brampton and then whizzed up the last twenty miles on main roads in pursuit of a well earned cup of tea.
Although it had rained for pretty well the whole of the outing, it had been very successful and the wet weather had hardly dampened our enthusiasm at all.
After a quick pasta meal for tea, Mrs Tootlepedal and I left Annie at home to get on with her crochet while we went off to our local choir practice. I had a young lad sitting next to me who could not only sing very nicely but could also pitch those tricky notes correctly so I enjoyed myself. As the song says, I can get by with a little help from my friends.
The visit to the lake side provided me with a welcome flying bird of the day.