The morning started in that typical British way – yes, there was an English breakfast but also a thunder storm and a downpour of rain! Luckily many people weren’t up at that time, but it has certainly cooled everything down here in the Lake District. Still, we carried on undeterred and set off for the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway, to start the Lakeside Spectacular.
This was our first stop for the day, and the steam train even gave us a blast on the way through.
The greatest distraction were the owls though, who were sitting on the station platform and looked very proud. Of course, Girl Guides love owls almost as much as they love badges, so many photos were taken. We soon took our seats on the train and enjoyed the short journey across to Lakeside. On our arrival, we moved onto the next step of our Spectacular – the Lakeside Aquarium. We expected fish, but there was so much more, with the display of Leaf Cutter Ants doing their job being a big hit with many in the group! Our guide was full of enthusiasm and knowledge, showing us the different species and explaining all about them. As one of the members said, if she’d been her teacher at school, she would have paid a lot more attention.
The water theme continued as we moved onto the third leg, a cruise on Lake Windermere. Unfortunately, the British weather came back at the wrong time, but a few hardy souls braved it out on deck (with the necessary gear of course!).
The views across the lake made it worthwhile, and we even were lucky to have a flying display from the fighter jets of RAF Spadeadam, who liked to show off to the crowds.
All too soon, the skies cleared and we arrived in Bowness-on-Windermere. Here the group had some free time to explore this traditional English tourist town. Many went to the Beatrix Potter Exhibition, with a couple of members actually getting to see the musical ‘Where is Peter Rabbit?’. They said it was a wonderful way to bring the much-loved characters to life. Others had a good mooch around the shops. And me? Well, the sun had definitely come out by that point, so I treated myself to an ice cream!
There will be more Beatrix Potter tomorrow, as we are off to her house at Hill Top. Some people purchased copies of her books in Bowness today, so there will be some bedtime reading going on, I’m sure!