Our second day in the Lakes was cooler and rainier than the first. Again, we left it until after midday before we left our cottage and this time went to the nearest town – Keswick.
Fortunately, the rain left off for the first part of the afternoon so walking round the town was fine.
I had never been to this town before and Richard hadn’t visited for many years. I loved it! It has lots of interesting shops and plenty going on but it isn’t as packed with tourists as Ambleside is.
We bought gifts from the shop below for my mother and our next-door neighbour (who watered our tomatoes) and also a jar of marmalade as Elinor wanted some. My blogging friend Rachel, formerly of ‘Could Do Worse’ visits the Lakes every year and when I saw this shop I thought of her.
Here is what Rachel had to say about it last year. She did three or four great posts from the Lakes last year and you’ll find them just before and just after the post I’ve given you a link to. She has recently started a new blog called The Patch Out Back – do give her a visit.
After wandering round for a while, and Elinor sampling some of the best chips she had ever tasted from The Old Keswickian, we agreed we’d like to see the lake. To get to Derwent Water from the centre of the town you walk through an underpass and alongside part of the town park which is where I took the above photo.
She got to the shore-side and took the dog’s lead off and replaced it with a long rope. The dog was very excited and was barking loudly and shrilly. It galloped into the water and splashed about, snapping at the water (I can’t imagine how many pints of lake water it drank). The woman was having to hold very tight on the end of the rope especially when the dog saw a large flotilla of geese come into view.
As it started to rain again we made our way back to the car and then drove back to the cottage.
After our evening meal, Richard and I went for a walk down the lane our cottage was in.
Sneezewort’s name ptarmica comes from the Greek word ptarmos which, surprisingly, means ‘sneezing’. The plant looks grey and in the bad light that evening the flowers seemed almost luminous. The upper stems are downy and the flower-heads are made up of white ray florets and greenish-white disc florets (though in this photo they look grey). The leaves, which are hot to the taste, used to be used in salads. In the Middle Ages Sneezewort was used to alleviate toothache. Sufferers held the roots in their mouths which helped the toothache by ‘evacuating the rheum’ according to Nicholas Culpeper. I can’t imagine how sneezing would help anyone with bad toothache! Culpeper recommends sneezewort for people with stuffy heads. The powder of the herb was ‘stuffed up the nose..’ which caused sneezing and ‘cleanses the head’. Explosive!
We walked almost to the end of the lane but as it was getting quite dark we turned round, retraced our steps and returned to our cottage.
Thanks for visiting!