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Blackwell Arts & CRAFTS House

Just after lunch today my daughter offered to come with me to
Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House, Lyhn Valley, Nr Windermere
I was thrilled because it meant I wouldn't necessarily get lost
with someone else looking for signposts
I find the Lake District in summer particularly hard to negotiate
as it's so busy, but it would mean some time together just the two of us
I have wanted to visit the Blackwell house since we moved here - 13 years ago
I was not disappointed, the drive down was marvellous. Down the M6, off towards Keswick at Penrith... where we stopped off at the Castlerigg Stone circle.

I pointed my camera to take a picture of the gate into the field and my batteries were dead, duds I reckon, they had charged all night. My daughter reminded me I had my NEW phone with me. Which is a Samsung Tocco and the reason I have it is the phone is also a 5 mega pixel camera with lots of gadgets, macro, mosaic, tons of settings and the fabulous panorama mode. And I only have to press the shutter once, then point and it captures four images.
And why do parents let kids clamber and stand on top of these ancient stones. Unbelieveable.

Blackwell house was built btween 1898-1900 by architect Mackay Hugh Baillie Scott for the Brewery magnate Sir Edward Holt as a country holiday home.
It is magnificent, My daughter loved it so much. I am taking her to the Hill House a comparable house by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, a hero of mine.

Black Dome sculpture in shadow, Blackwell basked in sunlight

view from the lounge over Windermere

Exterior door handle
exterior door hinge

side window, stained glass just visible

For the home of ABC Wednesday, go to Mrs Nesbitt's Place.


  1. Your phone does a great job. Beautiful landscape photos, and I love that house/castle/mansion.

  2. a good cameraphone can capture beautiful moments!

  3. Wow, those are stunning photos from a phone! Well done - and well chosen! I particularly like the details on the door, but the house itself is gorgeous.

    On behalf of the team, thanks for taking part in ABC Wednesday this week!

  4. Fab photographs. You must be very pleased with the camera phone. I have an iPhone which doesn't have a brilliant camera but it's very useful for those unexpected and unmissable moments.

    I love Castlerigg. The last time I was there was 33 years ago. Must get back ...

    Mad x

  5. Nice phone and great captures!

  6. Looks like you had a fab day. Great pics with your phone :)

  7. Like everyone else, I am amazed that you got these brilliant photos with a camera phone. Samsung should hire you for ads, promoting their product!

  8. great shots. those all came from a camera phone? wow! most impressive.

  9. What a clever camera phone! Lovely pix AND a day with the daughter ..

  10. I wish I'd been there with you, but these photos are wonderful! I love the new Madwoman!

    And I am about to upgrade my 'phone so I shall look out for the Samsung Tocca - Does it have Fhina Banana Fingered space across the keys??!

    Still suffering with my back my darling, still visiting my very ill uncy in hosp... We're on hols from Wednesday for 2 weeks, Saz - I may be out of touch over then...

    Get this visit marked off your lovely list! Well done! Lots of love, Fhi xxx

  11. Wow - that's a great phone! Wonderful photos!

  12. love those photos.....I enjoyed my visit to your blog...

  13. I love Castlerigg Stone Circle. Many happy holidays were spent in the Lakes as a youngster and we would look over from the stone circle and argue about whether Blencathra should be called Saddleback or not. It was a while before I realised Mum was simply winding me up and actually liked the name Blencathra as much as I did!

  14. The scenery is stunning! Hope we shall get there one day. We have had two abortive attempts to go to the Lake District. Third time lucky, fingers crossed.

  15. Lovely pics happy you got to spend a day with the tall girl.XXX

  16. Stone circles and such are always fascinating. What were they for? I mean, we speculate, but we don't really know.

  17. Wonderfully inspiring and not far from where we live.
    Thanks so much.

  18. I really enjoyed this post. I love local exploring. And I love Arts & Crafts!

    And a 5 megapixel camera phone, wow! With a phone like that that there's hardly a need for a simple camera.

  19. What an intriguing place to visit. I'm afraid my kids would be all over those stones. We go to graveyards and climb about, make ghost sounds and laugh. We live the history, rugged and worn. Probably not so good for preservation though, I guess. Sorry.


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