Wednesday, October 01, 2014

UK Trip Part 8.......more Northern England

Philip and his family had a full house and so it was arranged for us to stay at a little Inn in a nearby village with a nice pub attached to it.  Breakfast at Philip's featured an English dish called "Toad in a Hole", which stopped my fork in mid air when I heard it.  We don't generally eat toads in America!...haha.  It only took a moment or two to realize that the "toads" were just breakfast sausage in an egg casserole dish and it was delicious.  We spent a fair amount of time going through Philip's flock and were treated to a delicious meal prepared by his mother followed by 2, that's right TWO amazing desserts.  Since it would have been the height of rudeness to NOT eat the things offered I forced myself to eat both desserts.  (grin)  Like I needed more food............
I can't say we had a bad meal the entire time we were on our trip, everyone was exceedingly generous with their hospitality and kept us feed and moving about the countryside. 

Here is a shot of Stanley, a little dog so full of personality that we fell in love with him. 
It rained, rained, rained prior to our arrival, during our stay and after we left, so Stanley has slightly mucky paws. 

The first time I saw this sign was in Edinburgh and it amused me endlessly, due in part to the fact that I'm easily amused.  By the time we got done with our trip I was quite accustomed to pulling a string to get hot water.

Spectacular view on our way to meet Jenny Holden-Wilde near the Lake District area

A quaint little village where we met up with Jenny at a local pub

Mike, Garrett and Philip in the pub awaiting Jenny's arrival and the next leg of our journey.  This is where I started getting very, very sick.  Excuse the lack of names on villages, I was lucky to recall we'd been there at all I was becoming so miserable with an upper respiratory illness. 
Next stop..........Jenny's house and her lovely flock of spotties!!


  1. Oh - what a shame about your illness. I hope you are over it now, Kelly. 'Toad in the Hole' is nothing more than Yorkshire Pudding with sausages put in the wet mix. Good ones are good, bad ones are... well, bad.

    I like the idea of 'obtaining' hot water with a string. What was the waiting time between pulling the string and 'obtaining' the hot water?

    1. Mrs. Cowen's Toad in the Hole was quite good!!! And yes, I was well tended by Jenny and then by Gilly and Maurice.

      The hot water was more of a on demand hot water system and we got hot water almost immediately after pulling the string in most places. Quite a nice system actually.

  2. Toad in the Hole for BREAKFAST??? It's more of an evening (or lunchtime) meal usually. You've given me ideas!


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