Phil and I spent a lovely long weekend in the Lake District last week, catching up with good friends and family. We went by train - the journey from Lancaster to Green Road (nr Broughton in Furness) hugs the coast with beautiful views as the little one carriage train literally crosses the sea at some points. We travelled up on the west side of the country and came back down the on the east side, crossing Yorkshire from Carnforth to Leeds.
We stayed with my cousin Gaby in her lovely new house with views over the Duddon Estuary. The Duddon Valley was reputed to have been Wordsworth's favourite valley in the The Lakes. I found this picture by Amanda White who has done a whole host of lovely paper collages of writers' homes. This is Dove Cottage where Wordsworth lived.
Still in the north - we crossed Yorkshire on the way home, on a two carriage train this time. So here is Haworth House - home of the Bronte sisters. Take a look at Amanda's work which she sells on Etsy. http://www.etsy.com/people/AmandaAWhite
Amanda's work reminds me of Grandma Moses - a self taught naiive American painter, who started painting at the age of 70! I recently bought a second hand book about her and have been marvelling at her beautiful pictures. She was incredibly prolific and turned to painting after bad arthritis in her hands hampered her embroidery. She crammed a lot into the last 30 yrs of her life and lived until she was 101 (she died in 1961).