"We are what we believe we are."
C.S. Lewis

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Picnic In The Clouds and Stinging Nettle

Our English adventures continue, and what an adventure we're having! Today we set off on the car ride to the lake district, but the adventure began even before we got there. Driving in England is definitely something to get used to! I felt like I was Alice in Alice Through the Looking Glass because everything was backwards, even the steering wheel. I actually quite loved the drive though, there were beautiful views and lots of trees.

Once we arrived, we got our carefully packed picnic and went on a long but lovely walk up a giant hill (I think it was more mountain like, yet a hill it was) where there was the most incredible view I've seen in my entire twelve years of existence.
 I like to refer to this as the picnic in the clouds, since we were awfully far from the ground and I felt like I could almost touch the clouds (although I couldn't quite, in my imagination I most definitely could) . We ate bread, cheese and salad and drank sparkling water (my big brother, aka old rascal thinks sparkling water tastes gross, but I believe it's one of the most delicious things on the planet, I also feel oh so fancy drinking it). The picnic was superbly fun.

I can't do a post on the lake district without posting a picture of at least one of the lake district's lakes, that would be criminal.
Although this garden may look innocent, it is far from it. You see, one particular English plant seems to be especially welcoming to me. What plant it that, you may ask. Well, it is the absolute worse plant possible... The stinging nettle. It all started yesterday, when we were going on a walk, and on the other side of this very garden, what was there? A large quantity of stinging nettle. At this time I was uneducated on the existence of a sting nettle, and so I took my left foot the slightest bit off path, and BAM the stinging nettle pricked my foot. A pain sparked, it almost felt like getting burnt, and just when  the pain went away, I started breaking out in hives! I am definitely not wearing sandals on my next hike.
Fish and Chips

 I give complete photo credits for this post to my mom, my camera was out of energy, and needed a day to recharge, just as many of us do when we're out of energy.

xo Young Rascal

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  1. Dear Young Rascal, your day out in the hills sounds lovely - except, of course, for the stinging nettles. Next time (hopefully there won't be one), look out for dock leaves growing nearby, they are supposed to negate the effects. https://www.google.ca/search?q=dock+leaves&espv=2&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=HAGzU-n8F8eiyATi8ILQDA&ved=0CBsQsAQ&biw=1366&bih=667

    Looking forward to the next installment of The BPs in England!

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    1. Thanks for the helpful advice! Thank goodness the hives are finally gone! A cold bath and some antiseptic did the trick.
      xoYR

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  2. Stinging nettles are absolute horrors, I accidentally put my hand on one last for week for about the first time in 20 years and yes the burning then the tiny blisters, it took me straight back to my childhood.
    Lovely pics and very enticing fish and chips sign.

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    1. I did think that fish and chip sign was rather endearing. Stinging nettles are quite a bother, and they seem to be all over the place around here!
      xoYR

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  3. Ironically nettle juice takes away the sting! You can get nettle tea then steep it or put the tea bag in your bathtub and it should feel,better! But the UK don't have dangerous animals like bears to balance hints out :)

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    1. Wow, I wonder who handles the stinging nettle to make the tea! I hope they're wearing thirty layers of gloves to keep from harm! Anyway, thanks for the ironic and very handy advice! I seem to have heeled up quite well, thank goodness. As for the lack of bears, I am extremely happy, they frighten me lots.
      xoYR

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    2. It's no fun at all to encounter unfriendly plants unprepared, but prepared, nettles are delicious. The leaves are sold at my store in the spring (already in individual bags), and were not difficult to manage when wearing dish gloves. I was inspired by a recipe in the New York Times (http://www.nytimes.com/recipes/12426/farro-pasta-with-nettles-and-sausage.html), which was delicious--the leaves have a delicate flavor. A good meal might be the best revenge . . .

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  4. Sorry to hear about the nettles. I am suffering from poison ivy around my left ankle. Never was allergic to it until I turned 40. The views are spectacular...and I thought England was all grey and drab.

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    1. Oh no! I have never gotten poison ivy although it grows like weeds back at home and I've heard plenty of stories of the discomfort. Hopefully it heals right up!
      xoYR

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  5. Wonderful post, Young Rascal. Happy Canada Day to you and your family. Enjoy your holiday.

    Bonnie

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    1. To you too! I am sure happy I'm in the country that decided to make Canada a country on this fine day.
      xoYR

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  6. can't wait to see the gardens you visit, hope the hives have gone x

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    1. Yes, I'm going to have to do a garden post. So many gorgeous gardens here! The hives are gone, finally!
      xoYR

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  7. Thanks for sharing your experience in the lake district with us. How beautiful. Like your mom, you are a very talented writer! Sorry about the nettles incident. Sounds very painful. Hope it is feeling better by now. I look forward to reading more of your guest posts as your adventures in the U.K unfold.

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    1. Thank you very much! The nettles were extremely painful. I am pleased to say the hives are completely gone now.
      xoYR

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  8. I've been following and enjoying your mom's blog for some time now and don't think I've ever commented before, but I want you to know how much I'm enjoying your posts. You write beautifully; your lovely and sparkly personality shines through. Thanks for taking the time from your vacation to write these trip reports - they're a real treat!

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    1. Thank you so much! I'm so happy absolutely you enjoy my writing!

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  9. Young Rascal,
    Another delightful installment from our newest Lake Poet. Sorry about the stinging nettle business but I think footwear providing protection well above the ankle is a good policy no matter where you're hiking. I eagerly await your next dispatch.
    xo
    ~GSL

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  10. OH my goodness, you are quite a gifted writer, YR. Sorry about the nettles, but the scenery is wonderful.

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  11. YR, you are doing such a wonderful job with the blog. You are letting us all enjoy the adventure with you. Keep having fun and always be careful when you wander off the path!

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  12. Love this! Sorry about the stinging nettle! Have you read Swallows and Amazons? A must-read where you are for the whole family while you are there!

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    1. I couldn't agree more...you must all read Swallows & Amazons together whilst in the Lake District! I re-read it myself just last summer.

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  13. Wishing and HopingJuly 1, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    Hello YR.
    Your picnic in the clouds sounds magical and your charming little personality is bursting through your mummy's blog like a ray of sunshine.
    Shame about the nettles putting a damper on your day.
    I had no idea what they were either until I was stung weeding the garden (no gloves).
    Terrible pain, but fortunately it does settle quickly.
    Do you know a rinse of nettle juice/steeped nettle leaves helps give hair a wonderful fullness and shine?
    So it's not such a bad plant after all. : )

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    1. Thanks for the hair tip :) I'm glad I am not the only one who's unaware!
      xoYR

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  14. Ouch you have stinging nettles to deal with...and we have returned from our boat with multiple mosquito bites! Your trip is in full swing and so exciting to be there and I hope you Rascals are taking it all in. The stuff of memories are being forged and they will thank you later!
    Happy trails to you and yours...

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    1. I sure am trying! I love the feeling of being on vacation away from all the silly bothers back home (although I dearly miss my dog Scout). I am happy I am writing my adventures here down to look back on later!
      xoYR

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  15. Sounds like a lovely day. Stunning photos and lovely details in your writing - I felt like I was there in the clouds with you.

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    1. Thanks very much! I'm so happy I've sparked your imagination!
      xoYR

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  16. YR, what an adventure! Your writing made us feel as though we are there with you--good job!

    Believe it or not, but you can also make soup from stinging nettles; cooking them takes the sting away. I can't bring myself to actually do this.

    Wonderful that you like to hike, an activity you can do your whole life.

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    1. I'm learning new things about these plants everyday! I'd be terrified to eat that soup! What if the stinging nettles came back to life in my stomach and stung my insides?
      xoYR

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  17. Hello Young Rascal - loving this post today. i wish I was there with all the greenery (but not the stinging nettles!) and the fish and chips. Or as we would say in New Zealand, fush and chups

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    1. Back home in Canada we call them "fish n' fries, eh?"
      xoYR

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  18. dear young rascal, i'm so jealous of your english holiday. i will never ever forget my time there last year. i hope your future hikes will be safe and beautiful. you are a marvelous writer! x

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    1. Thank you! Yes it's beautiful here, I'm still taking it all in! The natural beauty is almost overwhelming.

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  19. I was just in the Lake District a couple of weeks ago. Such a beautiful area. Have a wonderful time!

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    1. It really is! England is so beautiful, I'm jealous of anyone who calls it home!
      xoYR

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  20. YR, you are such a pleasure to read! I hope we hear more from you even after you are back home!

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