Je reviens!!

I wanted to write this post so badly...I have missed blogging more than I can say, much more than I thought I would! I've been 'out of action' - and still am to a certain extent - because our big computer is (still) not working. It contains all my photos. So annoying!! I just have this little laptop, which keeps me in the loop but also means that I can't post my own pictures at present....and that's something I find so important on the other blogs I visit & love. I think that a good blog requires the proper images to complement the words, don't you?!

So Monaco, Nice, Portofino, Corsica...will all have to wait for another day I'm afraid. It's no good unless I can SHOW you how magical they all were. And I will, I absolutely promise you. I'll be back with a special giveaway to celebrate the return of the full Mozart's Girl experience (I'm having fun planning it already!)

In the meantime, we are off to the beautiful Lake District on Friday...taking Alice with us as we've hired a dog-friendly cottage for the week! As it's about 6 hours drive from home, we thought it would be a good idea to leave on Friday and break the journey for the night. So we're stopping at the town of Carnforth in Lancashire. If this doesn't ring a bell, it's railway station was the setting for one of my Top 5 movies of all time.....the wonderful Brief Encounter.

Luckily, it's one of Paul's Top 5 too....we're forever quoting from the film and last year went to a special screening at the British Film Institute with an introductory talk given by Celia Johnson's daughter, Lucy Fleming.

So we'll be making a Saturday morning pilgrimage to that hallowed train platform before wending our way to Windermere for a week of walking, eating & visiting wonderful places like Hilltop - the farm of Beatrix Potter, now owned by the National Trust.

We've been so busy in preparation as we both have to work extra hard before we're 'allowed' to go away. Being self-employed is amazing in so many ways (and I wouldn't change it) but it does mean covering every eventuality before leaving which can be a bit exhausting. We also decided to redecorate our living room last week...well, I say 'decided' but it was more of a necessity really! Previously it was painted in a beautiful soft bluey green...jewel like, easy to live with and went with everything. Everything, that is, except the new rug that we impetuously saw and fell in love with over the last Bank Holiday weekend in London. Here it is:

just gorgeous (we think) but if there's one colour it doesn't go with, it's bluey-green! So we repainted the walls in Smoked Trout, which is a beautiful pinky-brown. Such hard work! It's years since I've really done any decorating...I'd forgotten the moving furniture bits. And the covering everything bits. And the climbing up ladders bits. And I've never had to do it with the naughty, nosey fox terrier bits before!! Still, we both worked hard over the weekend and got it all done and the rug down by Sunday evening. And I'm so glad now that we did, of course! It's like having a whole new room - and Alice is very happy with it all and prefers sleeping on the new carpet to her bed!

I'll be blogging from the Lake District - and I'm taking LOTS of pictures so  I can share everything with you as soon as possible. Thanks for sticking with me - I've missed you! xox


  1. You seem to be having a wonderful time! Can't wait to see the photos from your trip, and have fun this weekend! ♥

  2. Can't wait to see everything! It's such a joy to live vicariously through you. I love it that you and Paul (and Alice) takes trips often and enjoy life to the fullest.
    The rug is beautiful and I am sure the whole room looks very pretty now.
    Enjoyed this post very much, and am looking forward to hearing all about the Lake District!

  3. The Brief Encounter train station AND the Lake District!! I'm going to have to tag along in spirit on this trip. I remember the train station from the movie so well and I simply love Beatrix Potter and yearn to see Hilltop and the Lake District. I'm so happy you're going to these places (and you're bringing me a little closer to them, too). I'm wishing you a wonderful trip and looking forward to pictures!

    Your new rug is beautiful (and thus befitting of Alice) and you'll be enjoying the room long after your muscles have returned to normal :)

  4. Great to read from you again! Funny, my wife and I are considering going to the Lake District for our holidays. Funny also that you make pilgrimages when you travel, I do the same. In Manchester I visited the Anthony Burgess Foundation, I am planning if I ever go to Cornwall to visit Tintagel Castle and well, I do want to go back to Salzburg (which I visited on the 200th anniversary of the death of Mozart).

    I am planning to put more pictures on my blog too, they do enhance blog reading. But as a man of literature, I think nothing is more important than a good text...;-)

    I got to visit your bakery one day. I just have to.

  5. The Lake District is my favorite! Can't wait for the posts and all the back posts too.

    Love, Love,


  6. hello dearie:),

    I can't wait to see the photos from your trip! I miss your postings! I hope this summer is treating you all well:). I'll keep checking back for some photos.



  7. hi rachel and alice..

    i have missed you

    can't wait to hear about your trip..and i was wondering about sweet glad she came along...
    teddy is a little dream...what a love bug....

    thinking about you today and sending love,
    kary and teddy


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