Wednesday, April 07, 2010

The mysterious case of the missing daffodils – 4 April 2010

Kirkstone Pass between Ullswater and Windermere

Easter floral arrangement in font of St Stephen's, Kirkby Stephen After an early visit to Constable Burton garden to see their extensive area of daffodils (sadly about a week too early), we travelled an hour away to Kirkby Stephen, in time for their Easter Sunday service. As this was the town the Graingers originally lived in, it was very special to take part in the timeless Easter service.

Vintage busses in Brough

We discovered there was a bus fair on in the town, and in neighbouring Brough, So we took a couple of rides on vintage busses, the other passengers seemed to be enthusiasts. We didn't realise old busses could create such excitement.

Daffodils beside UllswaterThe rain was due to clear in the afternoon, so we carried on to Lake Ulllwater, said to be the place to see daffodils, as immortalised by William Wordsworth. We think Wordsworth used a bit of poetic licence, as there were less daffodils in the area, than we have seen on the roadsides around Yorkshire. But despite our expectations of 'a host of golden daffodils' being sadly shattered, we had a lovely drive around Ullswater and Bridge House, AmblesideWindermere. It's hard to find fault when the sun is shining, although there was plenty of snow on the pass between Ullswater and Windermere.

The star visitor attraction of the Lake District seems to be the town of Ambleside. It was impossible to find a park in the large official car park, but we were fortunate to find a 30 minute roadside park. The town is a real showpiece of stone buildings.

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