Cumbria News & Lake District Blog
We come across so many interesting Tidbits of Cumbria News that we want to share with you, so we've joined this up with our Lake District Blog so that you get all of our updates in one place. Please do let us know if we have missed something and we will add it if we can.
The newest Lake District and Cumbria articles will be at the top of the page - and each 'Cumbria News Snippet' gives you the opportunity to follow the link and read more of the article at the original source.
NOSTALGIA: Cumbria was united by sheep farming and its dialectPerhaps even in the 12th century the language of Lakeland was close to the Icelandic of today, giving the place names and dialect.
In particular, the language of the fell farmer must be incomprehensible to offcomers with its hogs, gimmers, tups and twinters for sheep, ruddle, smits and heafs for things to do with sheep, while creatures like jammy... Read full article here.
Ees Wyke the Inspirational Ambleside Holiday Home of Beatrix Potter comes on to the market for £1.25 millionThe holiday home in Ambleside which inspired Beatrix Potter to draw and paint Flopsy, Mopsy and Cotton Tail comes on to the housing market for £ 1.25million. More details here.
Late Availability - Whitsun May Half Term Holiday - 2015We have just compiled a list of Family Friendly & Dog Friendly Cottages - oh and a Camper Van! For this May Whit School Half Term holiday - so if you are still looking please do take a peak. Just click on the image to open up into the complete page of properties we think you'll love.
Last Minute Availability - October Half Term 2014 Holiday Cottages Lake District
A selection of beautiful holiday cottages in Cumbria, available for October half-term 2014 These cottages all have something in common, besides the fact that they are gorgeous with fantastic decor and good quality bathrooms! They all sleep 8+ Ideal for families to spend time together, take the Grandparents - take the Grandkids - take the cousins or grab another like minded family and share the cost
Read more here.
On the Front Line - without a Gun - Cumbria's Vicar is Most Decorated Non-combatant in WW1Remembering Theodore Hardy, the vicar of Hutton Roof near Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria. Described as an introvert, teetotal, vegetarian he on to become the most decorated non-combatant in WW1.
The 54-year-old padre in the British Army was to be awarded the Victoria Cross, the Distinguished Service Order and the Military Cross for selfless acts of heroism.
"Many frightened young men saw him as a father figure to whom he would simply say: “It’s only me”, when he met them in ‘no man’s land’ with his pocket full of cigarettes."
"Theodore Bayley Hardy on hearing firing, he followed the patrol, and found an officer of the patrol dangerously wounded. He remained with the officer until he was able to get assistance to bring him in. During this time there was a great deal of firing, and an enemy patrol actually penetrated between the spot at which the officer was lying and our front line and captured three of our men. On a second occasion, when an enemy shell exploded in the middle of one of our posts, the Reverend T. B. Hardy at once made his way to the spot, despite the shell and trench mortar fire which was going on at the time, and set to work to extricate the buried men. He succeeded in getting out one man who had been completely buried. He then set to work to extricate a second man, who was found to be dead. During the whole of the time that he was digging out the men this chaplain was in great danger, not only from shell fire, but also because of the dangerous condition of the wall of the building which had been hit by the shell which buried the men. On a third occasion he displayed the greatest devotion to duty when our infantry, after a successful attack, were gradually forced back to their starting trench. After it was believed that all our men had withdrawn from the wood, Chaplain Hardy came out of it, and on reaching an advanced post asked the men to help him to get in a wounded man"
How to Buy Blencathra!
You may well have heard in the news that Blencathra is For Sale!.
Quite an alarming prospect and a group on Twitter have set about working out how Blencathra could be bought as a consortium for everyone to enjoy.
Just as a heads up I don't personally know the persons involved in this Buy Blencathra group on Twitter or whether they will get enough support for purchase, but thought you might like to read what was happening to make up your own minds and perhaps pledge support here.
Spring Bank Holiday Week self catering cottages which are dog friendly!Two of my sisters and their families have just become dog owners. And so of course my mind flipped to where would be the very best places that they could take their adorable new pooches on holiday?
We had a look around at cottages that had availability for the Spring Bank Holiday at the end of May and these were our top picks we hope you will like them too!
Polite Japanese tourists are some of Peter Rabbits biggest fansPeter Rabbit can be spotted in the most surprising places in Japan, including otherwise formal financial institutions. Brought up learning to read with the story of Peter Rabbit, Japanese tourists are some of Beatrix Potter shop's best customers and are known for their nifty origami creations whilst waiting in turn politely to be served.
Read full story here
Vintage sports car enthusiasts powering their way up a 2,126ft fell in the Lake District as part of an annual pilgrimage to Honister Slate Mine
See more photos here
Swallows & Amazons Books help to sell I-PadsWe just love the news that Arthur Ransome's Swallows & Amazon book is still so popular that it has been used in the advertising to sell I-Pads.
Read more here.
In other Swallows & Amazons News : Sir Richard Branson recently answered :
'What was your favourite book?'
Made in Cumbria Christmas Puddings to supply the Queen's GrocerDelighted to read that Kendal based company The Ultimate Plum Pudding Company has been chosen to make all puddings for the Fortnum & Mason stores and hampers this Christmas 2013.
You don't have to nip down to Fortnum's to get your taste of the 'pud' you can buy them on line too. Read more about this lovely small business that is gaining nationwide recognition here.
Last Minute Accommodation Lake District October 2013Don't panic if you still haven't booked your October half term holiday.
These 3 self catering cottages in the beautiful English Lake District still have availability.
Gabriels Cottage - Keswick
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