Have you been to any of the Westmorland group service stations? No? Well you must, I would go as far as saying they are revolutionising service stations as we know them, making them go to destinations just like in 1980 when my friend Alex has his birthday party at one, he he!
We have been selling our Belle and Boo goodies at Rheghed Centre in Penrith, Cumbria since last summer and a tentative plan was made back then to host a Belle and Boo event. Logistically it wasn't the easiest thing to organise because of distance and we are a little control freaky at Belle & Boo head quarters but Rebecca and the rest of her team were amazingly helpful, enthusiastic and creative and we were able between us to transform a dark unused corner of the centre into a Belle & Boo garden, with picnic tables, Belle swinging in a tree with her friends and the branches decorated with our art prints.
Then came the best bit getting to take our families to the Lake District for 4 days with the legitimate excuse that is was a work trip (although these events never feel like work)
The Belle & Boo children
We stayed on the stunning Lingholm Estate which is going through an incredibly exciting transformation including a walled garden which is said to be one of the inspirations for Mr Mcgregor garden in Peter Rabbit. Beatrix Potter often holidayed at Lingholm so it was wonderful wandering around the grounds imagining her their with her sketch book and paints.
It is such a beautiful part of the world,
a Beatrix Potter illustration from Squirrel Nutkin
we rowed, discovered secret islands, climbed mountains, paddled in streams, it was the perfect mini Easter break.
The events themselves were great fun, people had travelled from Edinburgh and Durham, there were girls and boys from 3 weeks old to 8 years old and I think we all had a lot of fun. Story telling, crafts, face painting, nose twitching and apple munching.
A huge THANK YOU to Rheghed for making us feel so welcome and a special hello to all that came.
Love Mandy x