So, Wednesday morning dawns and how confused do we all feel? Very. I spent all the weekend feeling most baffled as to which day it was. But it was of little matter as I was up in the land of the Lancastrians visiting family and enjoying some of their rural gems, a wide variety of which are on offer. We took a little from ‘there’ and a little from ‘here’, and mixed it all up to make for a fantastically good weekend. The weather did not deter us, we wrapped up warm and stoically carried on. We had our ‘Jubilee’ picnic in the grey chill of 8 degrees (at least it wasn’t raining) in the grounds of the National Trust’s Sizergh Castle, we had a Bank Holiday ice-cream whilst promenading along the seafront of Morecambe in the glorious sunshine, we took in flowers and architecture, cake and fellow holiday-makers. An absolute delight was seeing the ‘newly’ (four years ago) renovated Art-deco Midland Hotel by Urban Splash. Sympathetically done yet brought bang up to date by the use of contemporary bright colours and materials. We ate cake, drank tea, visited a DIY retailer, watched jousting, got lost in gardens and counted tadpoles, discussed sheep, laughed at the telly box, deconstructed the past as well the present. All-in-all making a jolly British bank holiday without a single flag being waved between us.
Images from top to bottom, left to right: Lancaster train station, flower stairs at Sizergh Castle, Iris in the Winter Gardens at Sizergh Castle, the front of the Midland Hotel at Morecambe, seating inside the cafe of the Midland Hotel at Morecambe, Jubilee picnic cake and cupcake, Eric Morecambe statue at Morecambe, monarchs in training taking a rest after jousting at Sizergh castle.
All images © Emily Blunden/ Atticus and Finch