Leaving York, we moved to a wonderful hotel in the Lake District, far from any of the towns. I was initially disappointed that we were not in a town where I could wander, but as we had a rainy day, it was nice to read, re-sort clothes and souvenirs, and generally enjoy a lazy day. The food was wonderful, and I think we all felt rested the next morning.
From here, we visited Holehird Gardens, run entirely by volunteers.
Buterflies and moths were everywhere.
This garden featured heather, but it was not fully open, so the colours were soft and muted.
We spent the last 3 days of our garden tour back in Scotland, one night at Kircudbright, where I had a sweet little room under the eaves with its own staircase. I absolutely loved it, and although it was facing on the town's main street, it was very quiet.
James Barrie, the author of Peter Pan, lived and worked in Kircudbright, and we visited his home and garden... I wish Aria had been with us; she knows the Peter Pan story, and would have loved the play structures.
That evening one of the leaders of the local Robbie Burns Society entertained us with poetry including Burns' "Address to the Haggis" while we enjoyed tatties and neeps, blood pudding, haggis and sticky toffee pudding.
Later the same evening Dean, our coach driver, treated us to songs on his banjo.
We spent the last 2 nights in Glasgow, a city which I really like... probably better than Edinburgh, which is more formal. I spent most of one day in The Peoples Palace, a museum of the social history of the city. I enjoyed reading the stories of the women who worked outside their homes for the first time during the war, and discovered the possibilities for a better life... I read about the steamies... communal laundries where women had a chance to socialize and gossip with others... but imagine packing all your laundry into a washtub, piling it onto your baby carriage or stroller and walking to the steamie, washing all the clothes, and then packing it all back home again! I will close with a few pictures from the museum.