Take a walk on the wild side – or get into the drawing room

29 May
The outdoor drawing room on Friar's Crag

Jubilee: Celebrate at Friar’s Crag this weekend

I don’t get into the great outdoors as much as I’d like, so I always enjoy it when gardener Amanda comes to chat about the walks she takes with her dogs, Dandy and Birdy – you’ve guessed it, Dandelion and Burdock.

The three of them have been having a lovely time in the good weather exploring the Solway Mosses, listening to curlews rippling overhead, the melody of skylarks and the mellow call of the cuckoo, while watching swallows swirling across the sky and bronze dragonflies and blue and red damson flies zipping over the bog.

For those who like a bit more culture while they’re out and about, I highly recommend the “outdoor drawing room” events over the Jubilee weekend to mark the centenary of National Trust founder and social reformer Octavia Hill.

My lovely colleague Jessie has brought the indoors outside and created an actual drawing room at Friar’s Crag, on Derwentwater. Turn up from Friday, June 3 to Wednesday, June 6, to have a picnic, hunt for mini-beasts, try your hand at craft activities or meet some fabulous artists.

For more details and to book your place on one of the free events, call 017687 74649 or visit http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/borrowdale.

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