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Realised this is what Bank House B and B is all about. see there video on my breakfast page.
Yesterday I put two new bird feeders out side the dining room window. So far the birds are flocking to eat the super deluxe feeder seed. So fingers crossed that we attract the goldfinches and the stunning bull finch we saw last year and the guests can watch while having breakfast. I also bought some suet logs with a feeder which are going well outside our kitchen window. Must buy some more for outside our dining room.
Since put this up have had a woodpecker at the suet log feeder. I first for us or for me to notice it.
Crosby Garrett Roman Helmet.
The exceptional rare bronze ceremonial parade helmet, named after the hamlet where it was discovered, has been hailed by experts as one of the great masterpieces of Roman metalwork. Dating from the late first century to third century AD, it is unparalleled in its detail and the most complete and elaborate of only three such helmets to have been found in Britain. The mask portrays a haunting, youthful male face framed by a ring of exquisitely detailed curls and topped by an extremely rare Phrygian cap decorated with a griffin.
This is well worth a visit on until the 26th January at Tullie House. Free but donations of £5 advised.
A day out from Bank House over the nearby fells
Christa who has written the article below, and her husband are regular guests at Bank House and we are always delighted to see them.
"Everyone heads for the main centres in the Lakes - Windermere, Keswick to name a few. We try to avoid the crowds so opted for Penrith which is a quick easy drive by car (or bus) to all the best sites and excellent walking. This being our third stay this year at Bank House B&B.
Among our favourite “discoveries” would definitely be the walk from Pooley Bridge (start the walk at the end of the lane which passes Hillcroft Caravan Site) over the top of the hill with a view to die for across the valley onto Ullswater. The walk drops down into Askham Village where we checked out the quant pottery shop, (Stuart Broadhurst Ceramics) not leaving empty-handed! The “Potter” himself is an interesting character with a passion for his hand-thrown teapots and mugs. He explained to us how minerals found on the local hills in the area create the amazing pale blue mottled glazes on the pottery.
Just down the road, the coffee and cake tasted really good at Askham Hall Coffee Shop, a converted barn, with a gorgeous rustic feel to it. Nearby, Lowther Castle is set in stunning gardens with a long treed lane to walk down, and again its coffee shop boasts “the Best” coffee in the area.
Our other favourite spot is Hutton-in-the-Forest Castle with its fairytale turrets and circular forest walk. The half-human half-insect art figures tucked away in the tall grass across a little bridge came as a nice surprise. We met the Resident Artist on the spot as she was trimming the grass around the figures "It grows so fast!" And again, a great coffee shop!
Every time we stay at Bank House, we fall into conversation with the other guests over breakfast, and it is always interesting to hear where they come from and what brings them to Penrith. Some came for the big Lowther Castle Show, with its 4x4 drives over the hills and fishing/shooting displays. Some came for an Antiques Show, some were taking the steamer ferry from Pooley Bridge to Howtown or Glenridding, and walking back along the Ullswater lakeside. Yet others were taking in the Marmalade Festival – always something to do throughout the year! We'll be back - and not just for the coffee and cake!" Christa
There is indeed so much to do in the area. Today I walked with a friend through the woods, by the river, catching the last bits of autumn colour, at Askham. We went past the Castle, Askham Hall Garden Café and ended up at ‘Stuart Broadhurst Ceramics’. Wow they are really getting ready for Christmas and apart from Stuarts simply stunning pieces of ceramics, (I absolutely love his Orkney inspired glazes ) there is the ‘Little Bird Gallery’, which is just full of beautiful quality pieces of silversmith, knitwear, local artists and crafts peoples' work, all displayed absolutely beautifully, definitely worth a visit and soon too as I have my eye on some lovely pieces.
I love cycling, a way of seeing so much landscape, being in the fresh air and exercising at the same time. the problem in Penrith is there are hills though not so extreme in the Eden Valley. So How fantastic is it to be asisted by a motor. But what is an electric cycle? This was the question I put to the electric cycle centre which is to be found moments awary from the Penrith Railway Station.
What is an Electric Bicycle?
Introduction to electric Bicycles.
A common misconception is that electric bikes are like mopeds. This is certainly not the case.
An electric bike utilises an electric motor to offer a selected amount of assist. This can be anything from a gentle to a strong amount of aid while peddling. Basically, it’s like a normal bicycle with the addition of a battery pack and electric motor – you can recharge the battery pack at any time by plugging it into the mains.
The assist starts only when the pedals start turning, so it’s very much like riding a conventional bike but the motor’s there to ease the burden of pedalling making easier to go up hill or cycle into headwind and it will help you cycle further with effort than you could on a regular bicycle.
Some electric bikes let you use them in 3 modes: pedal only (llike a regular bike), pedal assisted (your pedalling but the motor’s helping you ) and motor only (you’re letting the bike do all the work), Other bikes are limited by design to providing powered assistance only when you’re pedalling ie you can’t simply let the motor run and ride around without any effort on your part.
The benefit to people who due to health problem or perhaps just being less than you once were is the ability to ride many miles and get gentle exercise at the same time. For MS sufferes there is even a grant for up to £2000 if you get the backing of a doctor or physiotherapist.You can contact the Electric Cycle Centre At the address below
The Glass House Auction Mart Lane Penrith CA11 7JD,
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Shop: 01768 864775 Pete: 07593249065 Richard: 07710 121 323 Adam: 07979 911 810