Get off my land!

September 29, 2015

It all sounds very idyllic, moving to the country, but I suppose that unless you grew up on a farm (or even knew someone who did) you are going to fall out of line before too long. Dog #2 has arrived and it was all going very well until I got a bit carried away […]



September 6, 2015

  The bank barn has been hiding quietly under layers of scaffolding and sheeting for the last five months but when we drove home down the lane the other day something looked different – as if by magic it has all gone (we take a hands off approach to project management). There is still masses […]


The Dales Way.

July 19, 2015

  There it sits at the bottom of our field kindly fringing the Howgill Fells and snaking gently alongside ‘our part’ of the River Lune. The Dales Way has been luring us since we arrived at Garths. But at 80 miles long it isn’t really family friendly, so we took advantage of the last week […]


Cautley Spout to Garths

June 26, 2015

Cautley Spout. The UK’s highest waterfall Cascading a mighty 650 feet. Down onto a glacial valley below The path up the side of the waterfall is very steep but helped by stone steps for most of the way.     Above the waterfall a path follows the stream up to its source just below the […]


Hitting the Roof

June 14, 2015

Josh had been talking about The Roof Coming Off since the project began. But lots had to be done first. Supporting walls needed attending to, new openings were smashed out, steel girders were delivered and positioned (without any machinery thanks to heavyweights Rodney and Christian) and finally the old oak floorboards were prised out and […]


Time for a change

June 2, 2015

The Lappins have come home! Gone are the pinstripe suits and its on with the apron and marigolds: from banking in Bombay we have decided to set up a bed and breakfast in Cumbria.  We have bought a small farmstead at the foot of the Howgill Fells on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales and are […]


Loaves and Fishes

May 28, 2015

         My once desk-tied husband has turned into the perfect 21st century hunter-gatherer. He goes off in the morning and returns just a few hours later with freshly baked bread (don’t be deceived by the ‘shopping’ bag, this lot was all hand made at The Staff of Life bakery in Kendal by […]


Stripped down

May 28, 2015

One minute we were discussing the cracks in the paintwork, the next thing we knew a man in a mask appeared and our white cottage was being unceremoniously undressed. Now we have divided opinions … do we leave the brickwork au nature or do we cover it all up again? It does look a little […]


Up The Spout

May 26, 2015

Fiona and Pluto up Cautley Spout, England’s highest waterfall. It tumbles an impressive 650 ft down from The Calf, in the Howgill Fells.


Flour Power

May 16, 2015

That’s definitely not grey hair you can see on the Master Baker, he’s just got some flour in his hair….