An outing to Acorn Bank

The day I decided to create this blog was coincidentally the 2nd anniversary of starting Sue’s Trifles.  Hubby and I went to Acorn Bank, a National Trust property we had only visited on one occasion several years previously.

On the way we stopped at another visitor attraction, Rheged.  We were aware that there was a photographic exhibition, which we were interested in.  It was our first visit to Rheged, although we know many people, who have enjoyed visiting it.  The exhibition was Herdwick: A Portrait of Lakeland, which continues until 19 April 2015.

The building, which houses many small shops and function rooms, is innovative and the exhibition was fascinating.  There were also good views from the exhibition room.

Acorn Bank
Acorn Bank

We pressed on to Acorn Bank, arriving in time to enjoy lunch in the tea room.  After lunch we looked around the sheltered gardens, before putting on our boots and topcoats for a longer walk.  My header photo is of the daffodils in the garden.

The house is now open to the public, but it is mainly unfurnished.  It was interesting to learn that a previous resident had a number of published books to her name.  Dorothy Una Ratcliffe was an author and poet.  Guided tours were on offer, but we wanted to enjoy the sunshine, so looked around quickly without joining one.

DSC_0019It was a beautiful spring day. We explored the watermill and its associated waterways.  The paths were good, but we did make a detour across farm land, enjoying distant views and seeing some coltsfoot in flower.  It was only a detour; we knew how to get found again!

Bird feeder
Bird feeder

We also spent some time sitting in a wildlife hide.  Hubby took some pleasing snaps of blue tits on a feeder.  I only snapped a feeder – but I do claim the credit for alerting him to the birds.

Outside the hide we had already seen some garden birds, as well as a mallard duck and drake, a nuthatch and perhaps two individual tree-creepers.

I experimented with my phone, taking about seventeen photos, two of which I deleted later.  There are only a few I wish to share here.

It was on the way home, admiring the spectacular scenery in changing late afternoon light, that I realised I could not wait until after April to share my words and pictures with the world.  I needed a new blog!

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