Last week the Forest, this week the Lakes…

I’ve never been to the Lake District and had it not been for the Mr I may never have done.

Following our week spent in a log cabin in Keldy Forest, North Yorkshire he surprised me by booking  a further week away to rest and recuperate.

Truth be known I hadn’t had the best nights sleep in the forest. I was mostly spooked. Forests are beautiful but they also give me the ibby jibbys; I’ve never been the same  since I watched Evil Dead!

When darkness descended , it blinking descended. It was pitch black outside and my imagination ran amok as I looked into the trees and they (or something )  appeared to look back!.

The hot tub was amazing to start with but the novelty soon wore off, as did the Mr’s  jokes about the man sat watching me from the trees in a ski mask!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

(Above) Home last week…

So here I am sat in ‘Biskey Dip’ a beautiful, cosy yet ultra modern cottage In the heart of Bowness -On- Windermere.

It’s not the slightest bit scary and they have street lighting . Yay! which by the way we could do with in the bathroom. The only negative I have with the cottage is the appalling bathroom lighting. It’s bad. O.K and there’s some pretty odd people walking about but it makes for great people watching from any of the numerous coffee bars scattered up and down the main high street.

The Mr has done good.

It really is ‘home from home’ only it’s a dam sight nicer than mine. . . and it’s ours for a whole week.

It was definitely worth the 2 hour drive from Sheffield. I more or less got home from the forest, had a wee, grabbed a drink, kissed and cuddled my cats, Frankie and Lola (I missed them) before jumping back in the car en-route to Cumbria..

The Mr’s presently got his head buried in a laptop as he has a bit of work to complete. There’s no rest for the wicked! so I’m going to share a few pics with you.

Here’s the lovely cottage itself.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Mollie loves the garden…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

We are planning to explore the area around Windermere over the next week, but what we have seen so far has been very beautiful…even in the rain!

England really is stunning in places and I’m a sucker for a nice view. The Mr laughs at me for pointing out the obvious. ‘Oh look its so  beautiful ‘ seems to be  coming out of my mouth on replay.

The weather has been very temperamental . Glorious sunshine one minute, followed by a good drenching the next. If you happen to bump into me while I’m here please excuse the hair!

While my skin, thankfully, is benefitting from all the fresh air, my hair however  has turned into a mass of uncontrollable frizz.! Add to my misery the fact that my hairdresser went scissor happy just before the hols and has cut my fringe stupidly short. I look like a simpleton!

Here’s a little taster to wet your appetite (of the scenery not my hair!) Delicious if a little eerie at times. . .

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I’m sure they’ll be loads more pictures and if your lucky (or rather unlucky) maybe a piccy of my hair! If nothing else you can have a giggle at my expense.

Until next time from the glorious lakes, Tracey x

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Moddershall Oaks Spa & Country Retreat

It appears that as well as take all the cutlery my ex had also taken all the flipping razors. He had left me just the one – Mr blunt and useless! Always on the last lap and looking more woolly mammoth than lady I decided that perhaps I had better shave my legs on Friday evening in preparation for the spa, Saturday.

Let’s just say what started out as a lovely relaxing bath ended up with me frantically running around with a face pack on and towel in mild panic mode ‘up-turning’ the house for a razor. You’ll be pleased to know I found one, it was on its last legs but did the job. I decided against false tanning. The night I was having it was bound to end in a streaky disaster. Pale and interesting it was then!

We had been invited by the lovely people at Moddershall Oaks Spa to come and have an evening of rest and relaxation and to experience the new outdoor Jacuzzi area. We both jumped at the offer. We met at Tankersley Manor on Saturday afternoon and ‘Thelma and Louise’ style set off on our 2 hour road trip to Staffordshire. Liz drove and I ate jelly babies.

Thankfully we had sat-nav and found our destination fairly easily. Moddershall Oaks is situated in beautiful countryside.

We stopped the car at the entrance-way to watch 2 cows having a fight .

Seriously, we were both transfixed for all of 2 minutes before the novelty wore off and we didn’t care who won. Laughing we  made our way to the car-park. We checked in and were taken into the dining area for a glass of champagne. It really was impressive and tastefully decorated. Continue reading