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Cool Lake District Guide: The Lingholm Kitchen

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Sunday 23rd July 2017

The Lake District is one of my favourite places. So I was thrilled at the news that it’s the first UK national park to be designated a Unesco World Heritage site – for its culture as well as its glorious walks and uplifting landscape. From Wordsworth’s I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud to Arthur Ransome’s Swallows and Amazons, the Lakes have inspired some of our greatest writers and their words ...keep reading

Parenting: Swallows and Amazons-style

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Sunday 14th August 2016

My jaw dropped as the new film adaptation of Swallows and Amazons got into its stride. It wasn’t the fact that the movie takes substantial liberties with Arthur Ransome’s much loved children’s book, such as adding in a couple of Russian spies and renaming young Titty Walker ‘Tatty’. No, it was the plot’s central premise, which stays utterly faithful to the original novel. To the astonishment of 21st century parents everywhere, Mrs ...keep reading

The aftermath of Storm Desmond

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Tuesday 8th December 2015

With its soaring peaks and gorgeous countryside, the Lake District is one of the most beautiful places I know. Now, after a month’s average rain fell in 24 hours, the area around Cockermouth, Braithwaite, Keswick and Carlisle looks more like a mud swamp. The devastation wrought by Storm Desmond in Cumbria is truly shocking. Roads have been blocked, villages cut off from the outside world and many people won’t be ...keep reading

A Lake District weekend

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Saturday 10th October 2015

I’ve just spent a magical four days staying at my in-laws’ house in the Lake District. My husband’s parents smartly bought a house in the peaceful and breathtakingly beautiful Newlands Valley more than 50 years ago and my husband spent every Easter and summer holiday there as a child. For a myriad of complex reasons we haven’t visited for four years – until this month, when we had a blissful four ...keep reading

Taking Sides, my third novel – out as an ebook TODAY

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Thursday 7th March 2013

Taking Sides, my third novel, is published as an ebook for the first time today. It’s got a snappy new cover and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that readers will enjoy it. The star of the book is Juliette Ward, a young mother who has grown tired of city life. Her newspaper job is driving her crazy, her hours are horrendous and she barely gets to see her young son ...keep reading

Don’t panic! Ideas for Christmas presents

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Sunday 16th December 2012

Help! I thought I was completely organised, but as usual I’ve rifled through all the secret carrier bags stashed under the bed and realised I haven’t cracked Christmas at all. But in a bid to make everything easy I hit on the idea of buying my extra presents from one shop. And where better than Blacks? The stores sell everything to do with the great outdoors – tents, camping equipment ...keep reading

Do 12-year-olds really need beauty treatments?

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Sunday 30th September 2012

A glorious Lake District hotel is just about the last place I’d expect to start offering facials, massages and manicures to the over 12s. I’ve been to Armathwaite Hall lots of times. A magnificent castellated manor house with lawns bordering the shores of Lake Bassenthwaite, it has views as far as the fells and the dramatic peak of Skiddaw beyond. My in-laws held their golden wedding anniversary party there and ...keep reading

The Lake District – a guide for Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt and co

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Sunday 2nd September 2012

The British papers are reporting that Hollywood superstars Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have booked a holiday in the Lake District with their seven children. Apparently they plan to take Maddox, 11, Pax, eight, Zahara, seven, Shiloh, six, and four-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox to a converted boathouse on the shores of Lake Windermere while Angelina shoots her new movie. For a family used to jet-setting between glamorous homes in LA, ...keep reading

Adele and Lulu and the Lampshades at top volume

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Thursday 29th December 2011

Two soundtracks dominated our Cumbrian Christmas. The first was a stunning compilation of tracks my son thought I’d like (including several by Lulu and the Lampshades – how could you not love a band with a name like that?) The second was a DVD of Adele live in concert at the Royal Albert Hall. My father gave it to me and it played in a loop for four days on ...keep reading