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Thursday, 13 September 2012

A lovely week

We loaded the van and headed over to England, staying in a lodge at Pine Lake Resort with my parents for a week.

The resort is at Carnforth, Lancashire which I hadn't appreciated was quite so close to the border with Cumbria.

A laid back and relaxed holiday was needed by all 5 of us and that is exactly what we achieved - surprisingly we didn't even finish a whole bottle of Pimms.

I had researched wool and craft shops before going so Mum, Ann and I headed out to find the yarn for me to crochet her Christmas present with. Bombing around the country lanes we found ourselves in Arnside, home of White Rabbit - a tiny but amazing shop crammed with exotic yarns. Mum settled on a beautiful 100% Merino lace weight in soft grey and lilac for her shawl.

On Weds we had our busiest day when we headed to Oswaldtwistle Mills for a 3 course lunch and show.

The food was good and local - Hotpot (albeit with a pastry crust rather than spuds on top), raw onion and red cabbage in vinegar and black peas.

The entertainment was based on the Pendle Witch trials which happened there 400 years ago and was educational and fun. As the mills now house a shopping village we had a bit of a shoe shopping spree - coming away with 5 pairs between us, which doesn't sound quite so bad as Mum and I bought 2 pairs each and Charles found some good walking boots.

Apart from a little swimming,Indian head massages and a bit more yarn shopping it was a very quiet holiday.

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