Over the border

Not into Scotland, but into Yorkshire. On our second day in the Lakes we decided to leave the county of Cumbria behind and pay a visit to Farfield Mill in Sedburgh.

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Stuffed to the brim with arts and crafts (all available to buy, so bring your credit card), this restored Victorian Mill is the perfect rainy day place to get lost in. We obviously started with a visit to the cafe, where some squishy sofas awaited us.

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After we’d topped up our reserves with tea and carrot cake, we set off to explore the labyrinthine mill. First up, a warning…

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And lots of mill equipment.

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Interspersed with lots and LOTS of art, textiles and ceramics.

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We could have spent a fortune in there, but Mum restrained herself and picked up a beautiful throw from their fantastic selection.

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Here it is in action. It got the seal of approval from the cat pretty quickly.

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After leaving Farfield, we went for a short drive into Kirkby Lonsdale for a spot of lunch. We escaped the rain by ducking into the warm and inviting Red Dragon pub.

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With a roaring fire and an extensive menu, we knew we’d made the right choice. The food confirmed it. It was hearty, warming and delicious. I had a cheesy fish pie, which was gorgeous.

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Dad had grilled seabass.

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Alex had 3 sliders; one pork, one lamb and one beef. I had a (small) bite of all three and they were really delicious.

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And Mum was virtuous and had ratatouille in filo pastry. Although it was topped with a  fair amount of mozzarella so maybe not so virtuous after all.

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Alex also enjoyed a pint of local ale, as you can see.

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After our magnificent lunch, we braved the rain and had a good old potter round the village. First things first – Dad bought a hat. Looking good there Dad.

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And Alex moisturised.

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We found an faerie mining for chocolate.

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And we thanked them for their efforts by buying some of the delicious chocolates.

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Before heading back over the border to Cumbria! A lovely day out all round.

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