After a peaceful nights sleep, it was wonderful to wake to the peace and tranquility of the beautiful countryside.
There were the usual morning chores to be done...but with a difference!
How marvellous to be hanging out our washing in such stunning surroundings and just above a beautiful dry stone wall...so very different to home!
It's amazing how satisfying I find it hanging out the daily wash, and it is particularly exciting when its in a different setting.
My favourite setting so far was in the south of Spain, on a washing line hung between two lemon trees.
After breakfast we set off to explore Paradise Walk, just a short distance from our cottage, and leads to Ilam
It was a secluded spot, although we did meet several walkers, but so lovely not to have to hear or see cars for a while!
Our walk brought us to Ilam Hall, set in stunning scenery, complete with a beautiful church
We could see the combination of the lovely day, stunning scenery and a Bank Holiday was going to make this a very busy place, so we decided to have an early lunch.
I opted to have "Cheese and beans Oatcake" which for some reason I expected to be some kind of rissole/fishcake looking item...but instead it was similar to a pancake...with the texture not dissimilar to a crumpet.
It was very nice indeed and I must google what it actually is.
I would have it again for sure.
We had a table outside, which gave us wonderful views towards Dovedale
The gardens in the Park and beautifully kept
We then set off to Ilam itself...which is a very small village and not a shop insight!
The centre of the village is the Cross
The houses are beautiful, and built in the style of Austrian houses
The village school is so sweet
The walk back was just as enjoyable and Teen Two enjoyed looking for stick to whittle.
We had a leisurely cup of tea back home, finishing off those giant oat cookies our host had provided.
Then we had to head for a supermarket to get some food in the fridge and cupboards.
That was not a particularly pleasant experience with roads all chokkablock with cars, lots of hold ups along the way, but at least the scenery was good!