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Thursday, 17 August 2017

17th August, 2017...Bustling Lakeland and Tranquil Abbey!

Half way through August and still waiting for the 'heatwave'- same every year isn't it- then we moan it's too hot! Of course, we had the traditional 'rainy' few days in the Lake District earlier this week- We loved The Low Wood Bay Hotel so much last Autumn, we decided to go there again, even though the refurbishments aren't quite finished yet- and it was just as nice, even in the rain!



We chatted to the staff there, and they think it will all be finished by the end of the year- the pool is now open and the rooms and public areas are nicely upgraded, but there will be a spa and various new restaurants and an atrium, so looking forward to visiting again soon!



                                                Enjoyed some shopping, fishing and family cocktails too!!!
        The Steve Hillman camera had a wedding at The Low Wood venue a couple of weeks ago.......

...the Lake District venues are becoming more and more popular for weddings, and it's not hard to see why.....

(ahhh...Miss C got married!!)




...back here at the weekend though!!!

We decided on an early morning walk to Furness Abbey today, to escape all the hurly burly of Lake District Life, and it was lovely.....


......autumn in the hedgerows.....







......a spot of morning tea at Abbey Mill Café.....


...we love The Lakes but we love home more!!!


















Thursday, 27 July 2017

27th July, 2017...Last Days and Llandudno Bay!

Almost a week since we finished for the summer break, and it has passed so quickly! Teacher colleagues everywhere will be wanting to find ways to put the brakes on for a bit!! We did have a bit of a 'zany' end of term....


...refer to my last blog about my colleagues!! I have mentored two lovely new teachers through their first year, which they passed with flying colours, and they gave me this lovely little olive tree as a thank you gift-that was so nice of them!


But, with work over for now, and a small lull in weddings, we did manage to head to Wales in that last little slice of beautiful weather.....






...can't go anywhere without visiting ancient monuments, and this was Conwy Castle with it's fascinating history dating back to the 1200s and welsh border wars. Nearly as old as nana herself!!

Llandudno and the Conwy Estuary are really worth a visit...mildly touristy but quite peaceful and unspoilt...kept the SteveHillmanCamera busy though...

..only nineteen more weddings to shoot in August!!

We can always find time for a peaceful walk to Furness Abbey though.....


...and nice to catch up with Jackie and swap some 'local colour' stories....



isn't it looking lovely and green with all that water that's around...even the beck has risen a little...

...and I've even managed to find myself some 'memory foam' walking boots...thanks Brashers'!


Great reading materials for the summer hols....Matt and Barry....what more could you want!!

















Sunday, 16 July 2017

16th July, 2017....Mad Colleagues and Englishmen!!!

A beautiful, breezy Sunday so we decided to head to Furness Abbey for a bit of peace and a 'wind-down'...only four more working days of this academic year left.......



....always time to have a spot of morning tea at Abbey Mill Café....

.....with lemon drizzle cake of course!!!

We've had such a mad last few weeks of term, keeping the academic ball rolling as well as fitting in all our community events, so thank goodness for my massively supportive (and totally crazy) colleagues who share the load.....

                                ...couldn't manage without this one, in her Mexican blanket......









...we did have an actual reason why we were all dressed in denim, checked shirts and cowboy hats...it was our annual transition event- hence the two head teachers above-and this year it had a 'Wild West' theme....the KIDS enjoyed it too!


The Steve Hillman Camera has had a quiet, lonely fortnight, editing weddings, so he took a break to visit Grizedale Forest earlier in the week, again with the MAD GJS brigade-it is a lovely place to walk and chill out with the family...no need for arcade games and rollercoasters!. My mum and dad used to chuck us five kids and the dog into the car when we were little and let us run for a whole day on the Grizedale Forest Nature Trails- there were different coloured posts to follow back then-keep us fed with Tupperware-flavoured sandwiches and sausages from a flask, and we didn't half sleep well when we got home!!





Isn't Cumbria a stunning place...we are so lucky!!!