Charmed by The Lakeland: Ancient and Historic Landmarks (2/3)

William Wordsworth once said, “I do not know of any tract of country, in which, in so narrow a compass, may be found an equal variety in the influences of light and shadow upon the sublime and beautiful.”  The English poet was, of course, referring to the Lake District National Park which he immortalised in his poetry.  As mentioned in my previous post I was absolutely captivated by The Lakes.  Unarguably, it is the best known part of Cumbria, but there is more to this county than the Lake District.  Continue reading

Charmed by The Lakeland: Spectacular Views and Sights (1/3)

The English countryside certainly holds a fascination for those of us who come from far-flung countries like the Philippines or Papua New Guinea. Continue reading

The World of Downton Abbey by Jessica Fellowes (Book Review)

The author Jessica Fellowes, niece of the creator and writer of Downton Abbey, Julian Fellowes, was not only privy to the inside scoop of the production of the series but she is also an author and journalist and well qualified to write the book. Equally important is the photographer Nick Briggs, who captured awe inspiring images of the production that would transport Downton fans back into memorable scenes. Creator Julian Fellowes rightfully opens the book with a brief introduction, offering us insights. Continue reading

Crook Hall Farm: A Historic Farmhouse in Cumbria, England

Last week we had a wonderful opportunity of staying at an old historic farmhouse in the Lake District — thanks to our friend, Kevin Price. The farmhouse is located in Crook, a tiny village in the South Lakeland District of Cumbria, between Kendal and Windermere. Continue reading

West End Eating

Restaurant 92 at Doubletree by Hilton Hotel West End isn’t a place where you’d find boisterous tourists and their molls come to eat and drink and force others to sigh over the noxious behavior of globetrotters. This is a very quiet and peaceful place where top executives from nearby multinational corporate offices come and dine all toffed up in their business outfits speaking softly and low, almost whispering that you couldn’t even read their lips and you’re left guessing what they’re up to.   Continue reading

A Quintessential English Village

Over a week ago we were in Datchworth, a quaint little village in Hertfordshire, just 40 minutes away by train from central London. Before Datchworth became a civil parish it is mentioned in the Anglo-Saxon charter dated 969 during the time of King Edgar, and it is recorded as an agricultural village with over 1500 acres of arable land and 200 acres of pasture. Continue reading

Just A Normal Day in London

London might not be renowned for good weather but every once in a while, the sun is shining, the birds are singing and the grass are green, and we go out and enjoy the day! 🙂 The days are getting longer; it doesn’t get dark until after eight o’clock in the evening and it enables me to do more outdoor activities even late at night.  Continue reading