Colton Church, Cumbria

Falling in love with the Fells

They’re wonderful things are fells. We have a lot of them up here in’t north and I’m slowly but surely working my way around them. It’ll take some time but I’m in no hurry – my days of hurry have passed! The name ‘Fell’ is derived from the old Norse ‘fjall’ (you see – those Vikings again – they sure …

Image of Grange Station

Festivals, Fayres and Shows, Oh My!

You can tell the arrival of Spring in these parts. Firstly, there is the arrival of snowdrops and crocus flowers. Then we see fields of yellow daffodils which sway in the breeze and bow to you as if to say ‘Hey, we’re here! Aren’t we beautiful? Can you see us?‘. To that we reply, ‘But of course, we can and …

Image of Grange Lido in the past

Some say Lee-do, some say Lie-do

And you, what do you say? Me? Well, I say lie-do for no reason other than that’s how it’s been all my life. Since time immemorial one might say… or maybe not, for that date is said to be 1189, the time of King Richard I. You will remember him I’m sure – Richard Coeur de Lion or Richard the …