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This Royal-Watching Joules-Wearer Was On Tenterhooks To Visit Otterburn Mill

You might recognize it as Hogwarts from the first two Harry Potter films, or as Brancaster Castle, the home of Downton Abbey’s Lady Edith Crawley and her husband, Bertie Pelham, the Marquess of Hexham. But to Northumbrians, it’s better known … Continue reading

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Mandy’s Map Is A Great Conversation-Starter

Start a conversation with me about what’s new in Northumberland National Park and I’d have plenty to say. I’d begin by announcing the return of Ratty, the loveable water vole in Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows, to Kielder … Continue reading

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Pink Skies, Blue Streets And Teal Sidewalks: That’s Carlisle In Technicolor!

While I was taking a hairdryer to three waterlogged Barbours, Cumbria-based artist Helen Walsh was showing a group of museumgoers how to embellish fabric with beads and sequins, I discovered. Lovely 1920s purses provided the inspiration for the September session … Continue reading

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My Cherished Dream Was Seeing Brockhole, Even In The Pouring Rain

Heavy and persistent rainfall throughout Cumbria isn’t ideal for sightseeing, but when I’ve traveled 3,674 miles to see a beautiful site with Beatrix Potter connections on the east bank of Lake Windermere, I’ll persevere as long as I can. That … Continue reading

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How Did Mr. Sedgwick’s Dog Stand Still For That?

When a railway line was proposed for the Lake District in 1844, William Wordsworth was beside himself. Thoughts of trains intruding on the area’s natural beauty — and uncertainty about the moral character of the strangers they carried — were … Continue reading

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Take An Umbrella And Stout Boots To Wordsworthshire

One of the loveliest let-downs I’ve ever received came in the form of an e-mail from Michael. The retail operations manager at The Wordsworth Shop at Dove Cottage answered my enquiry about the “Knit Your Own Dove Cottage” kit I … Continue reading

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“Epic Scenery! Epic Road Runs! And Perhaps The Occasional Squally Shower!”: More Reasons to Roam The Lake District And Northumberland

Mountains green. Pleasant pastures. Clouded hills. These descriptions of “England’s green and pleasant land” were written in verse by William Blake in 1804, then set to music by Sir Hubert Parry in 1916 to sustain Britain’s resolve during World War … Continue reading

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