All posts tagged: Walney

3 Things to Go Do in the South Lakes

You can take the girl out of Cumbria, but you can’t take Cumbria out of the girl. I’ve frequently been back visiting the Lake District since I left many years ago. Apart from the STUNNING scenery, it has some great places to visit tucked away in the South Lakes area, even in these chilly, early months of the year; here they are: 1. Visit Walney Island I love islands. There’s something about their isolation and separateness from the modern world that intrigues me. Sometimes they’re wild and forgotten places but they can also be a mere stone’s throw from civilisation which makes them seem otherworldly. Walney Island is one of the latter, lying off the coast of Barrow in Furness which is best known for its industrial heritage and nuclear submarines. But a trip over the Jubilee Bridge from Barrow to Walney is one of winter’s great treats, especially when you leave behind Vickerstown and escape to the island’s wild beaches. Walney, lying along the tip of the Furness peninsula with spectacular walks along the Irish Sea …

May in the Garden

May – Summer’s on its way May is a month for hedonists because it’s full of fresh foliage and buds galore waiting to burst into life. It’s the month when the garden takes off at a high-octane pace, after what seems like an eternity of revving up on the starting grid. In My Garden Finally my tulips, daffodils in pots and bluebells burst through. The lupin foliage has appeared along with the greenery of my agapanthus and peony. A Clematis Montana that I planted last autumn has started to flower, together with a pretty blue Aquilegia Vulgaris (Columbine), ferns are unfurling, a variegated Acer is billowing in the breeze, maybe the ‘goose’ is in need of a coat of ‘grey’, and the little ‘cairn’ of stones collected from Walney Island beach remind me of a special place I need to revisit soon. I really love this time of year when there’s so much promise for the flowering season ahead. In Your Garden A few bits to be getting on with in May. Keep an eye …