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Thursday, 13 June 2013

An alternative guide to the Lake District - ancient tomes and Marilyn Monroe...

'Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.'
Marilyn Monroe
 
A sixteenth century bookshop, Marilyn Monroe in the loo, letter boxes amongst the hedgerows -
 after spending some time in the heart of Cumbria, I thought I'd compile a tongue-in-cheek visitors' guide to the 'other side' of the Lake District... 
 
 
If, like me, you enjoy browsing in antique bookshops, Henry Roberts Books in Kendal dates back to the sixteenth century,  boasting close connections to Captain Cook.
You can  have coffee in the courtyard behind - but watch out for this very large tome (above) falling on your head...
 
 
The Civic Society plaque at Henry Roberts Books
 
While on the subject of writing, why not sit on one of the wooden benches dotted along the empty country lanes and use 'snail mail' to keep in touch with home.
 
 
'Fern Britain?'
 
 
 
 An empty country lane
 
 
Or stop for a drink at this unique cafĂ© in Windermere ...
 
 
 

and spot the writing on the wall.
 
 
Or check out the local library...

 

 
 the grounds are too good to miss...
 
 

 
 And finally - don't forget the flora and fauna to be found on the village streets - before you make
your way down to the water's edge.

 



 
Lake Windermere
 
 
 
 
 

6 comments:

Dizzy C said...

Looks like a great break, Marilyn.

Fab photos.

carol
DizzyC

Guernsey Girl said...

Thanks Carol - I hope it made you smile!

Elaineyross said...

It certainly made me smile. Whenever we go to the Lake District, it's always heaving with other folk. Looks as though you caught it at its best!

Guernsey Girl said...

Thanks Elaine-we saw the crowds but headed in the opposite direction!

Barbara said...

I love browsing in second-hand bookshops, and if they have a coffee shop so much the better! Great quote from Marilyn.
I think you should write more holiday guides – Fern Britain indeed!

Guernsey Girl said...

I was waiting for someone to get that joke, Barbara! Great that we share a love of antique books...