Near Sawrey

Sunday, April 30, 2006

Another bank holiday Sunday they come thick and fast at this time of the year, fairly busy with teas this afternoon.

We had a walk up Coopers Lane and then along the edge of Moss Eccles and we both commented on how parched the footpath was.

The picture below is the nest featured ealier in the month, the parent bird is leaving the nest at regular intervals so we managed to get this shot without causing to much distress, soon after the chicks relaxed and waited for their next feed.

Saturday, April 29, 2006

We were quite busy this afternoon and had a visit from a couple of regulars who we were unable to accommodate, Brian, Joyce and Benjy the dog. Brian is going in for a heart bypass op soon and we wish him well.

We had a walk through the woods tonight and the bluebells are just beginning to show.
Matthew was on line tonight he and Sarah are in La Paz Bolivia and transport strike permitting they are starting to move south towards Chile tomorrow.
Liverpool win 10 on the bounce, but a bit bad news as Rooney looks like struggling to make the world cup, another metetarsal break.
It's a glorius sunny day and we have had a few in the tea garden this morning.
We have just received this picture from Rachel our niece who was a bridesmaid on Thursday.
What a stunner

Friday, April 28, 2006

Off to Kendal this morning for supplies, Helen stayed at Buckle Yeat to get ready for the incoming guests.
I was lucky with the ferry it had been off for a spell just before I went over, whilst I was in Kendal it had been out of action again.

We had three rooms free this evening but managed to let a couple of them this afternoon so 11 in for breakfast and then full tomorrow. This bank holiday never seems to take off.
After I arrived home a bag of shopping has disappeared and is driving me mad, it has either been taken from the back of the car while parked in Buckle Yeat car park, highly unlikely or is going to turn up in some bizarre place I have managed to deposit it.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

A stunning Sunday morning with a light breeze and clear blue skies.
Everybody leaves this morning so a load of washing and ironing on the horizon.
It's a quiet week coming up, we seem to be between bank holidays at this time of the year.
We got a nice thank you card from the two young Irish girls Jennie & Ella who have been here with their mum since Easter Monday, I think they catch the ferry from Holyhead tonight.

Saturday, April 22, 2006

A busy morning but not a big check out, just the one room and the new guests were here just after lunch.
We had a visit from Barbara a friend from over near Austwick, she was out with her family so called in for a cup of tea and a chat.
Roger called in a finished the flagstones at the bottom of the steps next door at Denis & Margarets

We managed to get home just as the big match started and was pleased, if not nervy to watch Liverpool overcome Chelsea in the cup semi final,I had to keep Matthew up to date with the score via text,he is in Bolivia and did not have access to a television.

Friday, April 21, 2006

Another sunny day so the lawnmower made its first appearance of the year, just a couple of attempts at starting then away it went.
Helen was busy with the sewing machine this afternoon whilst I sorted out the VAT.

We had a couple of guests who had to leave early due to family reasons, we managed to let the Friday night early on then later today a couple rang for tomorrow so no damage done.
Matthew was online at tea time, he and Sarah are in a village on the shores of Lake Titicaca and have been island hopping around the lake, tomorrow they set of on a 5 hour bus trip to Bolivia.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

It was a Kendal day today,a little shopping and trip to the bank.
It was a nice day so we got back asap and went a walk up the lane to Moss Eccles.

The thrush nesting in the clematis now has chicks, we are not sure how many have hatched, we are keeping well back but when the mother bird leaves the nest to bring food we should be able to count them.
We have a couple of rooms free tonight and still a room left for the weekend.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

A warm sunny day in Sawrey but apparently there was a terrific storm in Ambleside this afternoon, the village was quiet again and no sign of Renee, the word is the filming is taking place on a farm under Loughrigg.

This is Denis aka Mr Mcgregor pointing the way to some Japanese tourists.The plants in the garden are now starting to burst into flower.

No departures or arrivals today so when we closed we had a sit in the warmth of the conservatory and then took a walk down to Esthwaite in search of the Osprey that is feeding around the lake, as yet we have not been lucky.
A butternut squash and pasta dish for tea, "wot no meat" it was delicious.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

We had a visit from Andrew and family this afternoon, this is Ellie with her prize winning Easter Bonnet.

A full house tonight with a good mix, one family from the Republic of Ireland a couple from Northen Ireland and a another couple originally from Germany.
Not much action on the tea front, it has been the quietest Easter for a long time.

Everybody in the village seems to be on Renee watch with the rumor mill suggesting the actress will be about tomorrow.

We had a quick walk down towards the fish farm tonight but then the rain arrived so we headed back

Monday, April 17, 2006

We had a visit today from Pete & Lynn a couple of our New Year guests, they called in for a cup of tea this afternoon and then had run down to Hawkshead.
The tearooms were really quiet until about 2.30 and the we had late flurry of customers.
We had a few rooms free tonight but we picked up a couple and then an Irish lady with a couple of little girls, she had stayed with us 6 years ago before the youngest was born.
Pete & Lynn got back and went to the TBA to check it out so it was in the interest of good manners that we joined them for a quick beer.

Rack of lamb for tea then a night in front of the TV with Peter Kay night, very funny.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

A really quite day considering it was Easter Sunday, the hordes never arrived as anticipated.
The only time we looked like getting busy was as the Blackburn v Liverpool game started, a good win for the reds albeit with a contentious goal from Robbie Fowler.
A bit cooler than yesterday but it kept dry, we had a walk through Bishop wood and past St Peters church and back into Near Sawrey and just as we got back into the village we had an odd spot of rain but it soon passed.

We spoke to Matthew and Sarah on the internet this evening, they both seem well and are preparing to move on after a few days in Cusco, the are headed towards Bolivia, and should be there in a couple of days.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Easter Saturday and for a change the weather was good for the holiday weekend.
we ere not to busy at coffee time but at tea time trade was brisk and we had all the tables outside taken.

St George was about this afternoon causing mayhem and scaring some of the local kids.

A thrush has nested in the clematis at Denis & Margarets, it is just below the sitting room window when it decided to leave the nest for a moment we managed to get this picture of the nest and 4 eggs, we kept well away when it was sitting. When the eggs hatch we should be able to monitor the progress of the chicks.

We had a nice walk up to Moss Eccles and back down into the village for tea, these daffodils are in the garden at the top of Coopers Lane.

Friday, April 14, 2006

A Sawrey garden.

A better day with plenty of sunshine,we were not to busy but everybody sat outside except one couple, people these days do want to be outdoors.

Everybody had arrived by the time we had shut for teas, the perfect scenario,this meant after an hour in the conservatory with the papers we could take a walk.

We set off into Bishops Wood and then into Castle Wood, we were just talking about the lack of sightings of deer when we saw one, my size 11 shoes do not help me in the stalking of deer so any chances of photographs are a unlikely, this one led us a merry dance but still remained camera shy, honest.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Off to Kendal this morning so a busy time, a full house for breakfast, 5 rooms checking out so it was a bit frantic, We had a couple of appointments in Kendal so we had to be away as soon as we could.
We had a cancellation for the Easter weekend and we managed to let it all except for this evening.
Thankfully the traffic in Kendal seemed to be with us and we arrived in good time.

These pictures were taken whilst waiting for the ferry, one on the way and one on the way back.

We have received a number of Easter cards, one from Mark & Carole in Purley, one from Judy & Dorothy in Wirksworth and this one by email from Sveta and family, a lady who stayed with us last year and has become our Russian friend.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

There's nowt as queer as folk, today I was asked by a lady in the tea room whilst she was reading a tariff card "how many days does the weekly rate mean 5 or 7"

Nobody checked out this morning, now that does not happen very often.
It has been a blustery cool day and still no sign of spring.
We did not feel like a walk in the rain when we finished so straight home and lit the fire,we should be out walking and then sitting in the consevatory by this time of year.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

A horrible morning and then by lunchtime the rain eased and the sun was doing it's best to shine.
We where busy with coffee this morning and then quiet on the tea front till 4 o'clock and then we had a few late customers.
A full house tonight and all the guests had arrived by 5 o'clock, Matthew was on the skype this evening and we all had a good chat for about an hour, I still find it incredible we can talk for free for that long and so clear.
Matthew and Sarah have put some more pictures on line and they are having a great time.

We had a couple of beers early doors and this is a shot of the window at the TBA.

Monday, April 10, 2006

A stunning sunny day, warm in the sunshine but when the clouds covered the sun it was bitter.
We had Heather in to help in the tea-rooms today and it was the busiest day so far, most people sat outside trying to make the most of the sunshine.

Tonight before tea we had a walk down to Esthwaite and on the way saw the new puppies next door at Jimmy & Elizabeths, their grandchildren where there taking charge of them, so we had a chat with them, (the kids not the puppies).
We where on the lookout for an osprey that has been sighted feeding on Esthwaite, it has been seen for a couple of years but as yet we have been unable to catch a glimpse. We did see all manner of wildfowl, geese, ducks, oystercatchers, to name a few.

Sunday, April 09, 2006

This first picture is breakfast time at Buckle Yeat ready for the onslaught.
We had quite a busy day in the tearooms but never to busy, footy on all day with all the top 3 winning.

I put the tea garden board out and was pleased that this morning people were sitting out then the snow!! arrived

A full house tonight and all present and correct by tea time, most seem to be eating at the Tower Bank Arms and so far reports have been favorable.

Matthew has just been in touch and they have returned from their trek and are back in Cusco.

Saturday, April 08, 2006

We had a text from Matthew and Sarah last night, they were on the final part of the Inca trail to Machu Picchu, we backed a horse of the same name in the Grand National, I think they call it a mugs bet, never mind Helen saved the day by backing the winner Numbersixvalverde.

It has been an awful wintry day and then this evening the sun came out and it was a brilliant night, we took a walk up to Moss Eccles and this lamb had only just been born when we took this picture.

Friday, April 07, 2006

Roger arrived this morning to lay some paving slabs at the foot of Denis & Margarets steps, the concrete had begun to deteriorate and was looking a bit scruffy.He finished early afternoon and it kept dry for him.

Winter arrived at tea-time with gale force winds and a heavy hailstorm, the ferry was on and off all afternoon for some reason and the last guests to arrive where here just after 7pm, a full house until Monday and then fully booked until Easter Monday.
Friday night is gardening night on the BBC, I love gardening, I could watch it all day long.

Denis & Margaret went out today and landed back with a car full of bedding plants, I think it is bit cold to be thinking about planting bedding plants yet.
Think we will pay a visit to the pub later.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

After breakfast and when we had set up for tomorrow we had to go to Kendal to sort out one of our flats in Kendal, it was a case of 4 trips to the local tip with a load of rubbish left behind by a caring tenant.

Late lunch at Artisan and then shopping and home, we missed the ferry by 1 minute.
A couple of rooms free tonight but we are full tomorrow and then for just about of all of next week.
Cheese and biscuits with a glass of wine for supper.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

This morning we awoke to a stunning sunny day and a sharp frost, as the sun rose the frost disappeared very quickly.

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The busiest day of the week so far with a steady stream of coffee customers, a nice practice for the manic days to come.

The gritting wagon has been through the village again tonight, it is cold but I doubt the roads will be icy by morning.
We have a couple of regular blog readers staying with us for the first time and it is quite odd that they know all about Buckle Yeat.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

A beautiful sunny day, cold but clear blue skies all day.
Today Matthew has been in touch on Skype, an internet telephony system, it was good because he was able to to talk to his gran and grandad. He and Sarah set off in the early hours of tomorrow on their trek, the Inca trail to Machu Picchu.

We where busy with teas this morning, I think we got the bulk of a coach trip who fancied cream teas, it went quiet this afternoon.
Denis & Margaret went to Morecambe market with idea of buying some pansies for the hanging baskets, the trouble was the stallholder never got the message they where coming and so it was a wasted journey.
We managed a walk down to Esthwaite Water this evening, there is a new fence along the lake shore the reason for it's existence I'm not sure, but will find out when I see Graham the farmer