Lakeland Diary

Croft House Keswick Diary

    Looking across to LatriggLooking across towards Latrigg

    The recent week has brought some snow to Keswick – even to ground level this time! However it does not last long. In 2010 the winter was very severe – Derwentwater froze over which was a magnificent sight to see Continue reading

    Visitors to our pondDucks on the pond

    A trio of ducks came to check out the accommodation in our pond recently. They also checked out our larger, more informal pond but seemed happier with this smaller one! Just before the ducks had arrived we saw a grey Continue reading

    Between Christmas and New YearBetween Christmas and New Year

    Although the high fells will have a fringe of snow from early November through until April it is rare for Keswick to get snow at ground level. On those few occasions when it does the snow does not last long Continue reading

    Grapes at Croft HouseGrapes at Croft House

    These were just part of the crop of grapes on the front of Croft House in December. We also used to reliably grow delicious white-fleshed peaches close to where the grape is located. Gardening on the slopes of Skiddaw can Continue reading

    Passion Flower in Croft House gardenPassion Flower in Croft House garden

    In a week which has seen some crisp, very cold days – there are still passion flowers blooming in the front garden of Croft House. The outlook across to Braithwaite dominated by Grizedale Pike has been very alpine with snow Continue reading

    Geraniums in Croft Corner window box – early December!Geraniums in Croft Corner window box

    The geraniums in the window box for Croft Corner are still looking bright and cheerful – on the 2nd December! They provide a welcome splash of colour at this time of year. Many guests comment on how much they enjoy Continue reading

    Autumn View of ApplethwaiteAutumn View of Applethwaite

    The end of Autumn has brought some beautiful, brilliant days when the foliage colours have been seen at their best. This is the view from the lane by Croft House Cottages across to one end of Applethwaite village. The building Continue reading

    Paragliding off LatriggParagliding off Latrigg

    The last day of August proved to be a beautiful, clear, sunny day. It was ideal for the group of paragliders assembled at the top of Latrigg. During the day they took turns to try tandem paragliding – the brightly Continue reading

    Hands Sculpture on the shores of DerwentwaterHands Sculpture close to Derwentwater

    This is a well known landmark on the walk through the woods at Brandelhow on the far side of Derwentwater from Keswick. You can reach that side of the lake by launch from the Keswick boat landings near the Theatre Continue reading

    Looking towards DerwentwaterDerwentwater

    One of our favourite walks is to start from the top of the Honister Pass and walk back down to Grange. For the energetic a detour can be made on the way to the top of Castle Crag! This photo Continue reading