Tag: Lake District


Highs and Lows from life in the UK

I flew out of Manchester last week with just hours left on my UK working visa, using the flight to Dublin to remind myself that although it didn’t feel like it, my arrival into England last year was actually a while ago. Looking back, there have been so many, many highs, and thankfully, just a handful of lows.

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A day on La’al Ratty – Finally

In a quiet valley in the heart of the Lake District, a little steam train puffs through the fells. La’al Ratty travels from the coast at Ravenglass to the green paddocks at Boot. And you know how I love trains…

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Escaping the real world: A night at Black Sail

Accessible only on foot or bike, YHA’s Black Sail hostel is something of a Lake District treasure. While the traditional philosophy of hostelling has modernised, Black Sail is a beautiful, remote exception where guests eat together, wash up their own dishes and enjoy each other’s company in the middle of nowhere.


The Shop With No Keeper

Visiting the Honest Shop in Coniston is like stepping back in time – back to an era when dinner was always homecooked and your clothes home made.


Snow in spring? Must be England

English weather often reminds me of what I grew up with in Tasmania – frequently wet and cold, occasionally sunny and beautiful, but most of all: consistently unpredictable


In Pictures: Six months in the Lake District

Last week marked seven months for me in England’s Lake District. Not bad for what started out as a two-week job. I’m still in love with this place. My jaw dropped when I caught the bus to Keswick for my…

Country Pleasures: Life sans car

I haven’t had the luxury of a car for more than 18 months – and I do now consider it a luxury. For a long time I thought of it as a necessity, and for where I was living it probably…


Getting a feel for Old Man

I love this picture. It sums up everything that was awesome about this day and this hike. But when I look at this photo I can’t focus on the gorgeous sunshine or the snow. I just remember being worried and a bit…

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Sunrise, mountains and tea

For the last five months, my little teacup has sat in my room doing exactly what it was intended – reminding me of Vancouver and all the adventures, fun and wonderful friends I had there. It’s been a while since my…