New Years Eve

So, as 2019 headed to a close, we went north up to the Lake District where we are at the time of writing. Journey up was really busy, but we stopped a couple of times, and still arrived in time for a nice dinner.

We are staying at a really nice hotel The Storrs Hall Hotel which is right on the edge of Windermere.  It’s a very nice place, and I’d recommend it ! Nice people, nice room, nice food, nice location. The “lake view” from our room was a little amusing – a window in the side door certainly did reveal the lake ! Otherwise a nice view over my car.  Mustn’t grumble as it really is a nice place ☺️☺️

Took a drive out, and went by Ullswater, Grasmere, Rydal, Brotherswater, Thirlmere and of course Windermere.  Stopped in Bowness-on-Windermere, Windermere itself, Ambleside, took the ferry across the lake, saw Beatrix Potter’s cottage etc.  Had a nice day.

The weather has been spectacularly good whilst we’ve been here.  It’s busy, but not like I’ve seen it in summer.

we headed back to the hotel for afternoon tea, sitting in front of the fire.  Nice tea, coffee, finger sandwiches, cake, scones and clotted cream. What better way to spend New Years Eve ?

Christmas 2019

Enjoyed a quiet Christmas Day together.  Next day on Boxing Day, Mark, Helen, Edward, Tash, Tash’s mum Tracy and brother Jake came over.  Was a nice day together. Buffet style lunch, and eight of us around our little dining table – fun !

Couple of days later, my cousin Dawn came over with husband Matt, son Toby and daughter Isabelle.  We did another buffet style lunch, took Toby out in my car etc.. Nice family, and I’m pleased to be in touch with them.

Oh and Edward was kind enough to pop over to come and meet them too !


Trip to Florida

We then headed over to Florida for our pre-Christmas visit.

The weather was essentially very kind to us, with some nice warm weather whilst there.

Beautiful skies during the winter months.  This was looking out over the bay looking from Clearwater to Tampa.

We had a few days getting some work done on the house there – some garden landscaping, exterior electrics, some other outdoor lighting etc. Interesting our outdoor lighting specialist is a Dutch guy, married to an English woman – gave us plenty to talk about.

We also headed off to Birmingham again, staying at the Hampton Inn again.  Had dinner with Matthew and Claire as they had just recently got engaged, dinner with them again on the Friday, as well as Jake and Brianna, Brianna’s daughter Mia, Jeanie and Ben.  Betsy got to see the 2 granddaughters as well which I know she was pleased with.

i got to go to the Barber motor museum in Birmingham.  I went alone and really enjoyed it.  A real trip of nostalgia and wanna-be for me.  It’s really a spectacular collection, and worth the $16 entrance fee.  I wish I had slightly longer, but glad I went.

A real trip through the past with the bikes.

And some amazing cars !

Saw Linda down at her place, and had lunch together at an English pub. We called cousin Rita from the pub so she and Linda could chat which was nice.

Jake and Brianna came down to stay for a few days, with Mia.  We met them early on the Friday at Tampa airport, and took them to eat one or two places, ate outside, did some swimming etc.

These were taken at the Tarpon Turtle

Then at Whiskey Jacks at New Port Richey.  Nice to sit down on the beach.