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Lake District: Day 3

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Let’s finish this!

On Day 3 we hopped on a bus and went to Levens Hall near Kendal.

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It’s one of those historic houses with big gardens; the topiary there is supposed to be one of the oldest in the world and was designed by one of the gardeners who helped design the gardens at Hampton Court.
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The day started off drizzly and cloudy so the skies in my photos at Levens Hall all came out a blinding white. Sigh. I’d like to have a polarising lens filter or whatever you call those things…
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Nevertheless, cloudy days kinda make natural greens seem even greener. : )
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Interesting geometric shapes, some of those plants have…
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And that plant there in the middle left reminds me of the Iron Giant.
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This “gateway” made me feel a bit like Alice in Wonderland. hahah
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And paths framed by thick growths of plants gave it all a very Secret Garden feel.
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Pretty flowers!
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Interesting purple blossoms of some sort.
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And I’d only just made a remark about feeling like Alice when we turned a corner and found a few people playing croquet. Ahahahahhaha! (No flamingo-mallets and hedgehog-balls though.)
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Little bubbling fountain.
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Waterlily~
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Levens Hall had its own little maze – not too hard and certainly not as intimidating as the one at Hampton. And it has a rabbit! hare in the middle of it. hahah
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This is the “Smoke House.”
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This small building, triangular in shape, and built about 1700 is as far away from the House as possible. Facing North-West it is not a Summer house as may be imagined, but a place to which those members of the family and guests who had fallen prey to the smoking habit, introduced by Sir Walter Raleigh, were banished!

A sundial!
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From Levens Hall we went back to Kendal. The River Kent runs through it.
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Walked up the little hill to the ruins of Kendal Castle. The sun had come out by then so I managed to get pretty blue skies in pictures~
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Lotsa clouds though. But I don’t mind. Generally I still like clouds.
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After Kendal, we returned to Windermere and proceeded to walk up Orrest Head, which is about 784 feet high. Interestingly, Arthur’s Seat back in Edinburgh is only a little bit higher (823ft, according to Wiki) but climbing that one nearly killed me. :P I think it’s because Arthur’s Seat path we took was a straight line up and all grass and rock, whereas there was a winding road that went nearly all the way up Orrest Head, making it easier to walk. The scenery at the top is a really pretty one anyhow – great views of Lake Windermere and its surroundings. And I shall end this Day 3 post with a bunch of scenic pics from Orrest Head. :)
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Oh, there were sheep wandering around the top of Orrest Head too. lol.
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