Under the pretext of "essential book research" we treated ourselves to a romantic night away at the Ravenstone Lodge Hotel on Bassenthwaite a couple of nights before Valentine's Day and I was looking forward to a bit of pampering - well I say pampering, I was actually looking forward to someone else cooking dinner and doing the washing up for a change, I'm pretty easy to please.
|Bath with a "come hither" look|
|"Take me to bed or lose me forever!"|
Next morning it was time to unleash my secret hotel test - it may sound like a simple test but those of you who follow me on Twitter may remember that about six months ago I was in a smart hotel in London which refused to serve me a bacon sandwich but agreed to serve me bread and bacon separately on a plate. I can only assume they skipped catering college on the day of the "bacon sandwich construction" course.
|Perfection on a plate!|
The only downside to our romantic interlude was the weather, which refused to play ball. There's a route right from the front door of the hotel leading up onto Ullock Pike and Skiddaw, but the mist was so low we couldn't even see the top of Ling Fell across the lake, so we decided instead to go and find some fun in Whitehaven (which was technically what we were supposed to be doing anyway).
|View of Ullock Pike from the car park|
Whitehaven is another of those fabulous but overlooked places in Cumbria. The views from the sea front across the Solway are breathtaking, the harbour is fascinating to explore and there is a superb seaside chippy just a hundred yards from the front. (Something I've ranted about in the past.)
Our object of desire for the day was The Beacon Museum next to the harbour and I'd like to say we spent a very grown up few hours exploring serious things like local history, but the reality is we reverted to being kids and played with every single one of the many brilliantly thought out interactive kids displays.
We spent hours in there, laughed a LOT and learned loads - honestly, every museum should be more like The Beacon and that way we'd all learn more and the world would just be a much better place.
|Heamatite literally asking to be touched.|
|Very hard to find an unsmutty caption for this.|
|Hard at work on history research.|
|He lied! He said this was a photo of me as a beautiful princess!|
|Unfortunately he caught me before I started gurning...|