Snow Pancakes

  Years ago, probably when I was a small girl, my mother found an old recipe for ‘Snow Pancakes ‘. We religiously used the recipe each year whenever we had a few days of snow, Whilst Laura & William were also very young there seemed to be short bursts of snow each January, but it’s…

The Shepherds Hut…..A short history

Its creation from an idea to completion.   Thwaites engineers at Morland tackled the job of engineering the skeleton of The Shepherds Hut. Jan  made drawings and calculations  to scale from my own and mikes artistic efforts with a few alterations to get it in proportion. With a sprung base and articulated back wheels the frame looked…

Westmorland Oatcakes     

Here is something to try from my “breakfast specials” selection. The Westmorland Oatcakes are popular, mainly because they are not what folks eat at home everyday We use Oatmeal from the Watermill at Great Salkeld , and sometimes Spelt instead of Wheat Flour, which means the oatcakes can be tolerated by folks with a wheat allergy…

Days Out and Happy travels from Crake Trees

An easy dip into the delights of The Eden Valley means a 10 minute drive, or a half hour bike ride to Acorn Bank, Temple Sowerby.
 National Trust owned, but somehow escaping the corporate image of that grand organisation. Acorn Bank is a distinctive red sandstone mansion set in farmed parkland with the most wonderful…

Brougham Castle Lady Clifford Penrith

Its a wonderful unexpected castle that pops into view as you speed northwards along the A66. English Heritage is in charge. But there is very little presence of wardens, guides or such like. You just turn up, pay the entrance fee and explore the grand ruins. The castle was founded by Robert de Vieuxpont in…