After touring Townend we were really hungry and decided to go down to Annie's Clock for lunch. It was only a little ways from Townend and still in the beautiful Troutbeck Valley!
Annie's Clock is a charming place. If you look up on the hill there are sheep grazing. The whole area is beyond lovely.
Let's go inside and have a bite to eat. Look out this window--isn't it beautiful!
Here is Grayden's bacon and brie sandwich and couscous salad. I took a bite and it was yummy. Notice their bacon is more like Canadian bacon. If you see streaky bacon on the menu it is like American bacon.
This is my quiche and couscous salad. It was delicious!
We shared our lunch at the table with three other people as Annie's Clock was very popular. They were delightful folks on holiday from Cambridge. While eating they told us they were hiking the Troutbeck Paths. I would so love to do that! They also recommended an open garden nearby that we shouldn't miss. So after eating we made our way to Holehird Garden.
To all of my American friends this is what we passed on the way to Holehird.
Soon we arrive at Holehird Garden. The garden is home to the Lakeland Horticulture Society. It is totally run by members and is maintained by them.
We strolled into the walled garden. The tulips were blooming so beautifully.
The azaleas were in full bloom. Across from the gardens is the manor house that was gifted to the people of Windermere. The home was designed by J.S. Crowther, architect of the Manchester Cathedral in 1865. The Groves family lived in the home from 1897 to 1945, then gave it to the community. The original gardens are by Thomas Mawson.
We were so happy to have met friends at Annie's Clock that sent us to Holehird Garden.
We needed to leave Holehird and head back "home." What a wonderfully peace filled day!
Oh dear England, you have taken my heart! ♥