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Friday, 30 April 2010

Primroses at White Moss House, Grasmere

This blog is turning into a nature blog! Bluebells, blossom, and now primroses.
These little beauties are beside the path that goes from White Moss House  to our Grasmere self catering cottage, Brockstone, which is on the "coffin route" from Rydal to Grasmere church.
This path was washed away by the floods of November 2009, but the LDNPA have done a beautiful restoration job on it.

Please, please, always leave wild flowers for others to enjoy- don't pick the primroses ( and certainly, if you see anyone trying to dig them up -stop them!)

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Wordsworths at White Moss House , Grasmere

It was good to welcome back members of the Wordsworth family to White Moss House this weekend, in Grasmere to celebrate the senior Mr Wordsworth's 70th birthday.
When we first lived at White Moss House , about 30 years ago, the generation of Wordsworths who had lived at White Moss as children used to drop in on us an roam around as if they still lived here.( We used to call them a "host of  golden Wordsworths" when they descended on us!)

It was always lovely to see them, and hear their anecdotes. For example, Dorothy told us she was actually christened Dorothy Wordsworth, so that as an unmarried girl her name was Dorothy Wordsworth Wordsworth- so that she would still have the Wordsworth name after her marriage.This would have been in the days when married women gave up their maiden name.

Wordsworths are always welcome at White Moss House, the only house that the poet William Wordsworth ever owned.

Thursday, 22 April 2010

The first Bluebells of 2010 at White Moss House, Grasmere

I'm sure they weren't there yesterday, but here they are- bluebells in White Moss House garden, pushing their way through amongst the fading daffodils.
We are so lucky with the weather just now- day after day of blue skies and sunshine- and now the bluebells- another reason to visit White Moss House, Grasmere 4 Star guest house, in the next few weeks.

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

White Moss House and the ash cloud

As the flights re start today, lets hope that all those who find themselves in the wrong part of the world get back as soon as possible.
I have to say that we have benefitted this week from the ash, with guests who have been unable to go abroad coming to stay at White Moss House instead.
They've been rewarded with the best , sunniest weather they could wish for. It's still chilly, but it just fabulous.
The quince is out, the cherries are out, the magnolia is coming out, the azaleas are coming out- there's no better time to visit White Moss House,our Grasmere 4 Star guest house.

The AA lady came yesterday- very impressed to see that we had beautiful  new fire doors, new carpet ( room 2) new decoration (room 3). Apparently lots of people of not spending in the recession, and some of the places she visits are getting a bit run down.
White Moss House- 4 Stars again!
Post script to the Ash Cloud Story- a Japanese guest coming in May has just emailed me to ask what it's like driving around on ash covered roads!
No ash on roads or anywhere else! The lakes never looked better.

Thursday, 15 April 2010

Herdwick sheep at White Moss House Grasmere part 2

So, there are about 6 of the blighters (Herdwicks) that is, in the garden, nibbling the daffodils.

Husband opens the gate, and we both chase them towards the gate, when a group of tourists walk by, stand in the gateway with their cameras, blocking the sheep who turn and run off to an inaccessible part of the garden.

Chap with camera says " I say, are those a local breed? What ? Herdwicks? Marvellous !How interesting!"

Don't you just love tourists? Well ,we do of course- no question about that!

You have to laugh.

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Herdwick sheep at White Moss House, Grasmere B & B

Sheep in the garden again this morning. Both local farmers claim they're not theirs, then if the marking proves they are, they blame the Rydal Estate for not mending the walls! Hey Ho!
We'll just live with them as usual. Once they've got the taste of fresh grass there's no stopping them.
I've just written an article about the herdwick Herdwick Sheep- please take a look and leave me any messages or links you would like to see.
Our local Herdwicks haven't lambed yet- they are the last to lamb in the area ( maybe in the while country)- the farmer aims for April 23rd- St Georges Day.

Monday, 12 April 2010

Cherry Blossom at White Moss House Grasmere

Cherry blossom is bursting out all over at White Moss House, Grasmere
What glorious spring weather!

We still have lots of daffs, eher comes the cherry blossom, magnolias nearly out...... we're fully booked this weekend, but you could visit next week at out sepcial rates...
Check our White Moss House website.

Friday, 9 April 2010

Osprey watch on the White Moss House Grasmere blog!

Thanks to the wonders of widgets, I can offer you a link to the Bassenthwaite Ospreys!
Just 25 minutes drive away from Rydal Water, Grasmere and White Moss House- another great natural event on our doorstep!

Its seem that along with Daffodils, and lambing, we can now add the Ospreys to the Lake District Spring Events. Fingers crossed for a successful 2010 Osprey birth!

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

It's great time for walking in the Lakes

The Easter rush is over, and the summer rush is some time away, so now is a great time to visit the lakes.
Now the clocks have gone forward it stays light until after 8pm, so long walks are no problem. High pressure is forecast, and beautiful clear skies and superb views are everywhere.
If you can visit in April, scroll back down for news of our special rates, or check our website for White Moss House.
For a really helpful guide to local, easy walks from White Moss, look at Walks from White Moss- 6 circular walks from White Moss, Rydal, Grasmere.
Follow the footsteps of William Wordsworth, who owned White Moss House. Have a great visit to the Lake District in April.

Sunday, 4 April 2010

Happy Easter from White Moss House, Grasmere

Wishing all our guests past , present and future a very Happy Easter.
It's sunny, dry and cold, the Daffodils are beautiful and it's not as busy as Easter often is. Lots of B & Bs and hotels in Grasmere actually have vacancy signs out today- something I've never seen before.
We're fully booked, but we do have some days left for our special April offers before the end of April- see White Moss special offer page on our website.
Why not come and enjoy the beautiful Lake District this April?

Thursday, 1 April 2010

White Moss House Wordsworth Daffodils

1st April 2010. The daffodils are looking great at White Moss House, Rydal Water, Grasmere.These small, wild daffodils on the banking overlooking Rydal Water are the variety that Wordsworth wrote about in his famous poem, Daffodils.
Here are the Wordsworth Daffodils in close up-

and here they are on the banking at the White Moss House, Grasmere guest house. In the background you can see Rydal Water.