Although we were very sad to be leaving Teen Ranch, we were very excited for our next destination – the Lake District. We were sure we would enjoy the location, but even better was the fact that here we would be meeting up with Pete’s Mum, Dad, sister Louise and brother Mike. We were all super keen to catch up again, after almost six months apart.
We could hardly wait to see everyone, so we gathered on the street for our family to arrive. It was a very happy reunion, with smiles and excitement all round. We enjoyed our first dinner together in many a month, and Elena especially was thrilled to be back together with Nan, Pa, Aunty Lou and Mickey Moo.
We loved spending the next couple of days with the Richardson’s, exploring the area around Bowness-on-Windermere. Bowness was a really sweet little town, with a lot of character. Unfortunately the first day we had to explore was very rainy, but we still enjoyed wandering around the town, followed by a nice lunch in a proper English pub. We retreated out of the rain back to the Richardson’s accommodation, and the kids loved having some new playmates and a whole new house to explore, while we really enjoyed hearing their travel stories and sharing some of our own.
The following day was finer, and Pete and Mike set off on their own adventure to run up Scafell Pike, England’s highest mountain (a whopping 970m). The rest of us headed into the town, where we split off again – Pa and Kilian to have a little bonding time, while the girls headed to the World of Peter Rabbit museum. This was a nice little museum with many scenes from Beatrix Potter’s books set up. It was a nice place to walkthrough, if not too high on the excitement factor. After the museum we had tickets to a musical called “Where is Peter Rabbit” in the museum theatre. It was an enjoyable little show featuring lots of snippets from Potter’s books, all the while searching for Peter Rabbit. It was an enjoyable show and we think Elena liked it too. Hard to tell sometimes – poker face.
In the afternoon, we hadn’t heard from the boys yet so the rest of us (rejoined by Andrew and Kilian by now), went on a boat tour of Lake Windermere with a lovely stop off at a place called Ambleside, which turned out to be a pleasant little village. Ice cream featured that afternoon, which is always a good sign.
Upon returning to Bowness, we were rejoined by Pete and Mike, who told us they had thoroughly enjoyed their run (Pete has rated it as one of his favourite things this year, so it must have been good!). We finished off our time with the Richardson’s (for the moment) with fish and chips by the lake. Don’t worry, it would only be 5 days before we saw them again!
Next stop, France, and the beginning of our European road trip (we have already been on a road trip all this year, but we are going to be doing a lot of driving from now til October, so I feel that this is where it really begins).