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Family Break In The Lake District

Over the past week we’ve been staying in a cabin between Windermere and Ambleside at the Lake District. With us heading to Florida later in the year I wanted to get the kids away during the school holidays so we could all spend some time together before the next term begins.


We stayed at the pretty fantastic 11 Skiptory Lodge on Whitecross Bay which is between Ambleside and Windermere. The accommodation was really great – we like our own space when we’re on holiday and the lodge proved to be a massive hit with all the family. The space was just brilliant – 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living room, kitchen and a large decked area with a barbeque and table and chairs. Everything seemed so new in the lodge – it’s kept to such a good standard that we felt like the first visitors. The other thing that really impressed us about the accommodation was that it felt like everything had been thought of; fishing nets for the kids, DVDs about the local area, guides/maps/flyers, umbrellas, kids games, there was even an acoustic guitar to play.

With it being on the grounds of Whitecross Bay holiday park you get access to the pool, marina, shops and park for the kids.

Out And About

After we’d got to grips with the area we managed to fit quite a few things in without it ever seeming like we were rushing around too much. We hired a motor boat and checked out Lake Windermere, walked to the top of Kirkstone Pass, went swimming, climbed at Treetop Trek, went to a waterfall and took a look around the local towns. There were plenty of things to do and we still had enough time to chill out back at the cabin and fire up the barbecue – I’m now a fully fledged grand master of barbecuing in the rain.

British Weather

Speaking of the weather we seemed to get incredibly lucky, throughout the day it was dry but by night the downpours were torrential. Fortunately we were already back at the cabin by the time the rain kicked in and the skies were clear by the time were up and about in the mornings. That said, if you don’t get lucky like we did you’ve kind of just got to go for it and not let it stop you.

We spent a lot of time around Ambleside and it’s surrounding villages, only heading in to the much busier Windermere town centre once during our stay. I’ve got a lot of time for the Lake District, I’ve only been a few times but there always seems to be something to do or see that I wasn’t aware of before. The kids like it because it’s usually pretty activity packed for them and they get to spend a lot of time outdoors. Hugely recommended if you’ve got kids that like a bit of the outdoor life!


Walking Dead Birthday Card

It was Ben’s 10th birthday recently so I got the pens out and knocked him up a Walking Dead birthday card.

I should point out that Ben has never seen The Walking Dead before (that would be pretty poor parenting skills), but he is pretty crazy about zombies in general.

The drawing took around an hour to get down – it’s not an original, it was pretty much a straight copy from an illustration I found online. It was a quick job with a technical pencil to get it mapped out and then a couple of Sharpies to ink it up.

The card went down pretty well I’m glad to say!


Featherstone Rovers v Halifax

Ben’s First Rugby League Match

Being a northern lad, I like a bit of Rugby League, this is perhaps aided by the fact that I grew up on the doorstep of the Leeds Rhinos’ stadium in Headingley (although weirdly, that never got me liking cricket). That said, I’ve not watched a game live in years so when Ben’s school gave him a free child ticket to Featherstone Rovers v Halifax I took him and one of his friends along.

Featherstone Rovers v Halifax

Let me start by saying, Rugby League is probably the most northern thing in the world. You’ll never see so many flat caps and tracksuits in a single location in your life. The smaller stadiums tend to be sat in the middle of housing estates and it doesn’t matter who you follow, the single most heard chant at any game will be “get them onside ref!”. If you can bypass all that though, and I can as a northerner then it’s a great game to watch.

Featherstone Rovers are the closest team to where I live now so I guess that makes them my team these days (I’ll always be a Rhino really though). Featherstone ran out comfortable winners against Halifax 34-16 and it was a pretty good game that I think Ben and his friend enjoyed although it’s a difficult game to follow if you’ve not really got any knowledge of the rules. Who knows, maybe Ben will become a lifelong fan.

I’d definitely like to go see another game soon but I would like it to be the Rhinos next time.

Family Trip To London

As we’re saving cash for a big trip to Florida next year we continued our short breaks this summer with a short trip to London.

7 Hour Journey

Following an epic 7 hour journey (yep, 7 hours – traffic was insane) we finally arrived at our hotel (The Marriot in Bexleyheath), again we picked a hotel quite a way out which in hindsight wasn’t  a great choice but the hotel itself was really good – the room was really nice, the pool was great (I had to be dragged out of the spa pool), the restaurant and food were good so we were happy enough. Continue reading