The snowdrops and crocus are now giving way to daffodils which makes one feel Spring is really here. The birds’ plumage is so bright now, the yellow-hammers are amazing, and they are all singing their hearts out. However their singlemindedness at this time of year can lead to a lack of caution as they dart between hedges across the lanes oblivious to any approaching vehicles. I have recently had one or two near misses with low flying blackbirds.

I have just had my annual Visit England inspection: the inspector was very satisfied with what she saw and what I was offering to guests and I retain my Five Star status with Gold Award for all three cottages. Good to have that accolade.


At the end of February Clare and her family came to stay for a week and Poppy (aged four) declared she wanted to go to the top of Brackenthwaite Hows which she could see from the front window. She climbed all the way up, Edith (not quite two) needed a few carries. Poppy was surprised by how small Foulsyke looked and delighted to see the post van going along the lanes – just like Postman Pat! The cave in Lanthwaite Wood on the way down was an added bonus.


I seem to have been walking down to Crummock Water quite a lot lately. I particularly like going down via High Park and over the brow of the hill to Sandy Yat from where there are such lovely views towards Gable.


There are so many paths to take but particularly at this time of year it is nice to go via the churchyard with all its spring flowers so I will finish where I began.