A long overdue blog!
Hello from Oakdene!
It's been a while, but for good reason! At the end of June 2011 I gave birth to our gorgeous son. We closed the B&B to ensure that we could have some quality family time in those precious first few months. We reopened for a couple of pre-booked guests, with Chris doing all the work, allowing me to continue to care for our son, but apart from that we've thoroughly enjoyed shutting up shop for a while!
We're planning on re-opening the B&B in February 2012 and opening for weekends only throughout the year. It'd be lovely to see you sometime :-)
Just a short blog entry, as the B&B closed, due to my maternity, at the end of May. We'll be re-opening in September 2011.
I wanted to share our final days / weeks as a "twosome"! Very soon we'll have a new addition to the family.
James Kirby took these fab photos to preserve our happy pregnancy memories, do take a look.
Climbing Hoad Hill and Gummers How
Today I've scaled Hoad Hill in Ulverston to reach the Sir John Barrow Monument and also hiked up Gummers How in the South Lakes.
A peaceful walk to School Knott, Windermere
I took a beautiful, quiet and peaceful walk up to School Knott today. And the weather couldn't have been better - glorious sunshine and not even a breath of wind. The walk to School Knott takes in part of the start of the Dales Way, a National Footpath which runs all the way from Bowness to Ilkey in Yorkshire. I didn't go quite that far! I turned off the Way and up the back of School Knott.
Ferry to Lakeside and Aquarium of the Lakes
Today I saw two sharks! No, don't worry, not in Lake Windermere, it's still safe to swim there! I went on an adventure to Lakeside, which is at the tip of the southern end of Windermere (the lake, not the town!). I took advantage of residents fortnight and got discounted boat and aquarium tickets.
A misty walk to Post Knott
When I woke up this morning the sun was shining and it looked like the perfect day for a local walk. After getting ready and heading out the door, a low mist had formed over the lake! It didn't deter me, I went for my walk anyway! Up to Post Knott viewpoint, dropping off the other side to make a loop, taking in Bowness. You can download the route detail at the bottom of this blog.
A gentle local weekend in Bowness and Ambleside
What a wonderful weekend we've just had. One of my best friends came up from Hampshire to visit us and we took her on a whirlwind tour of the local area! Mind you, we're both 6 months pregnant, so it was less whirlwind and more gentle breeze! Taking in several local Bowness and Ambleside walks, shopping, a boat trip and an ogle at the rock climbers at the climbing wall in Ambleside!
A hike round Grizedale Forest
Today we took the short drive over to Grizedale Forest. The weather was resonable and allowed Chris the chance to clean off his bike and go and attack those mountain bike trails. Being 6 months pregnant, this clearly wasn't something I was going to participate in! I took it a little easier and explored a few kms of the many hundreds of kms of hiking trails. You can download details of the walks at the end of this blog.
Best of Lakeland Hospitality Show
Today I braved the torrential rain, hail and wind and took the short walk down to the Best of Lakeland Show 2011. It was held in a large marquee at Braithwaite Fold, in Bowness.
A Trip to Honister Slate Mine
Chris and I are trying to visit as many Lake District attractions as possible so we can impart this information to our guests. Obviously there is a lot of stuff to see and do here, and we're busy people, so we're trying to fit in what we can when possbile. When we read in the local paper that Honister Slate Mine were doing a special offer for local residents this week, we jumped at the opportunity.
A very short walk to Biskey Howe viewpoint
Oakdene Bed & Breakfast is fortunate to have one of the most amazing Lakeland views right on our doorstep, literally. The Biskey Howe viewpoint is a whopping 450 metres round trip from our front door! Don't miss out on the very short walk to the viewpoint. You can download an information sheet at the bottom of this blog.
A walk around Cockshott Point, Bowness-on-Windermere
Wow, is about all I can say. It's really hard to put into words how amazing it is to be lucky enough to live in the Lake District. I just went for an easy walk round Cockshott Point in Bowness and it was simply stunning. I'd like to share this with you, so if you get the chance for a local stroll, you too can enjoy the wonderful surroundings on our doorstep.
A new arrival and important information regarding opening
We're expecting a baby! Chris and I are due to become first time parents on June 21st 2011. This is fantastic news, although it's rather poor timing, meaning we're going to be closing the B&B temporarily whilst we find our baby-feet!
Opening Day is Finally Here!
So I think I just about managed most things on my to do list for today! It's been a very busy day indeed. In fact this morning actually feels like days ago! We woke up in letting room 1, in such a gigantic bed that I wasn't sure if Chris was even in there with me or not!!! He got up and went off to work from home and left me to it. Today was the day that our B&B officially opened and I needed to race around and make sure that everything was as perfect as it could possibly be!
London to the Lakes: A brief background to our B&B
On December 31st 2009 Chris and I made a radical decision. We would leave the city and move to the countryside, changing our lifestyles beyond recognition. It took us just over a year to achieve our dream, and we've finally now made it!
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