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Sunday, 26 May 2019

26th May- Teacher holidays...again!!!!

If you're a teacher you'll know that the Whit holiday is for writing school reports- that's no sort of holiday but it's what I've done for the last 31 years at Whit!! Besides which, we've just got through SATs silly season again and that makes everyone involved deserve a break...especially the kids!! So that's what we did....brought the kids down to say 'hi' to Furness Abbey!



Spot the teacher...weather watching and carrying footballs!


So we all enjoyed a run up and down the amphitheatre.....


...a chat...….


...an ice cream.....


...then back to reality!! Looking lovely down here today in the sunshine though...





..isn't the English countryside beautiful!


Weddings yesterday, weddings tomorrow......back to school reports today...no rest for the Hillmans!!















Monday, 6 May 2019

6th May, 2019...The darling buds of May!!


A chilly but beautiful day, perfect for a walk to Furness Abbey...….


...suddenly all the May buds have unfurled and it looks so green and 'English'.....





...definitely a day fit for a Shakespearean sonnet...…

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate.
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all to short a date....


We've found out that there is a pop-up Shakespearean theatre at Blenheim Palace this summer....we lived in Woodstock for a couple of years when we were kids and would really like to go to this.....




...and continuing the Shakespeare theme, we met up with our friend from Wake Up Drama Academy earlier in the week, for some Macbeth fun- it was GREAT!!




So, after a verdant, floral walk, it was home, bake and eat lemon drizzle and carrot cake muffins, and a special thanks to Mr. L for this lovely Herdy mug birthday gift!!







Sunday, 21 April 2019

21st April 2019...Glorious long Easter weekend!

How about that....just returned to work after the Easter break and...we break up for a long Easter weekend! Can't complain about the weather either-England is basking in 20+ degree temperatures at the moment and Furness Abbey looks beautiful.....






Lots of wild garlic and bluebells making an early appearance....


...along with a spot of morning tea at Abbey Mill Café, which was getting busy as we left- beautiful weather brings out the Barrow crowds, as always!

The senior Hillmans ventured out to Ford Park earlier in the week....





...a great place for a light stroll around the gardens and afternoon tea! We had a 'hot cross buns' meet up at Lakeside on Friday...…




...great to have extended family settled near-by! Thanks to everyone for the birthday gifts and good wishes- the furthest away one came from Australia! This came as a belated birthday present too....


...and oh my goodness me we've had some laughs trying to guess who sent it!!!!!













Sunday, 7 April 2019

7th April, 2019....Lovely Lakes, Easter term Ends, Diamond Delights, and finally...Furness Abbey!

The spring sun was trying to shine this afternoon so we ventured down to Furness Abbey, surprised that we hadn't made it down for a month-I love the fact that although our favourite place alters with the seasons it is so permanent and unchanging...it will still be standing and be admired long after we've gone.....





...lots of green buds and blossom appearing finally.....


...and a quick pop-in to say hi to Jackie at Abbey Mill Café...



We've got to say congratulations to Olive and Ray Hillman (parents of the famous SteveHillmanCamera) for making it to their DIAMOND wedding anniversary.....


...great party with family and a lovely cake made by Lucie's Cake Co. too!


After all our usual Easter madness, of bingo nights (thanks Mr Irv).....



...theatre groups (thanks Image Musical Theatre)…..


…...dressing-up in yellow and green (thanks PTFA)...….


…….decorated eggs(thanks kids and parents).....



…….and breakfast bagels(don't ask!).....


…..we finally managed a few Lakes days away, at lovely Low Wood Bay!


The hotel is looking beautiful now that it is finally finished, and our room....wow!!





It's well worth a visit! We also tried out the new Windermere Jetty Steamboat museum.....






The restorations have been meticulously done- such a lot of Lake District history in one place- it's a fascinating visit....couldn't resist dropping in to our favourite Lake District place though.....



…..Blackwell is superb, as always, and it is hosting an exhibition of furniture by the Rusland Movement at the moment, with some unbelievable pieces.....




...the style looks so 'at home' in a house designed by Mackay Baillie Scott-superb!


This blog is dedicated to Furness Abbey's own Tom Burrows, who died last month...he was groundsman for as long as I can remember and Frankie was convinced he was 'Percy the Park Keeper' and that he lived in the little cottage that was the ticket office- your memory lives on Tom!