As spring makes itself felt here in Howtown it is lovely to welcome the longer days.
I am pleased to report that the Yew Tree of Martindale Old Church is again in the spotlight, having been nominated for one of Cumbria’s top 50 Trees. To find out more about the competition and to nominate your favourite visit the website www.cumbriastop50trees.org.uk
My previous diary entry The Yew Tree of Martindale Old Church, talks about The Yew Tree being shortlisted for England’s tree of the year in 2015.
As I am writing this, the third poetry stone is being sculpted just in time for our visitors to enjoy seeing them on this popular circular walk around Hallin
The story behind the stones is included in our Winter 2016 diary Hallin Fell and the Poetry stones, to view that diary click here
Our Chef Colin Akrigg has had a busy winter and is rested and ready to start back in the Howtown kitchen for his second season– Colin has made a variety of chutneys and marmalade for the hotel and we are also planning to have some for sale in the tea room. So if you’d like to take a taste of Howtown back home with you, don’t forget to pick up a jar or two before you go.
Work is on-going coppicing the woodland either side of Fusedale beck – This is the start of a three year project so hopefully you will see the progess as this evolves.
I wrote this last night to publish this morning, but have woken to 4 inches of snow, however there is a good forecast for the week ahead, so I am optimistic that it will disappear as quickly as it arrived, in time for our opening on Friday. As always we look forward to welcoming guests old and new into The Hotel, Cottages and Tearoom.