Well we had a lovely holiday in France; the weather was kind - we ate lunch outside every day and had a great time scrambling around on the boulders and climbing trees in the forest of Fontainebleau (once the hunting grounds of the Kings of France). I even saw a huge wild boar early one morning. He'd been rooting around in the earth and when he heard me, he was startled and (luckily for me) ran in the opposite direction.
Spring has well and truly sprung in Paris and as we drove back home through Northern France, the fields were full of activity, with farmers preparing the seedbed and planting Spring crops. As we drove up through England, the blossom was in full bloom on the roadsides and the first green shoots are starting to show through on the trees.
The rest of the country tends to be a couple of weeks ahead of the Lake District but we've had such lovely weather recently that we don't seem to be far behind. Mike took a visit to Eskdaleearlier this week with the family and saw the first lambs of the year and in Keswick the daffodils are already starting to put on a show.
Despite the fact that there is still a dusting of snow on the tops of the highest mountains, there are lots of people out and about in Keswick wearing shorts, so things are definately on the change.
We have lots of Keswick Cottages, so you can do a bit of shopping and enjoy everything that the town has to offer - the Theatre by the Lake has a really exciting Spring Season and there are lots of great pubs and restaurants in the town, including a really good new Pizzeria, that has opened up opposite our shop.
Easter is so late this year that you can enjoy the arrival of Spring in peace. Our Eskdale Cottages are located in one of the most unspoilt parts of the Lake District, where you are guaranteed to be away from the crowds.