Author: Janine John

The best of 2017 on the blog

It’s hard to believe that we’ve reached the end of 2017, but here we are! And as I’ve done in the past two years, I thought I’d take a brief look back at some of the best of the past year’s gem hunting on the blog… Most unusual gem This […]

Inside the Westmorland Shopping Centre at Christmas

Kendal’s sparkling Christmas Lights

The market town of Kendal is situated just south of the Lake District, and is the nearest main shopping town I tend to head to, living in the South Lakes. This year, when I’ve been out working in Kendal and Christmas shopping, it’s been really lovely to see all the […]

A Christmas celebration in Windermere

The weeks leading up to Christmas are crammed with festive celebrations across the Lake District, including markets, fairs, Santa boat and train rides, charity events, and Christmas light switch ons in several towns and villages. But so far in 2017, I’ve been so busy with work that I haven’t made […]

High Lickbarrow Farm

A farming gem in Windermere: High Lickbarrow

High Lickbarrow Farm is a traditional Lakeland farmhouse set in a peaceful location just outside the village of Windermere. A relatively new addition to the National Trust’s collection of Lake District properties, it’s also a very unusual one. Although it isn’t open to the general public in the same way […]

Coniston Power Boat Records Week

Coniston Power Boat Records Week

Autumn is well and truly upon us here in the Lake District, and one of my favourite places to photograph the colours is Coniston Water. Last year I took an autumnal tour of Coniston on board Steam Yacht Gondola to find some lovely photographic subjects, and a couple of weeks […]

Shap Abbey's west tower

A gem-hunter’s guide to Shap Abbey

If you enjoy seeing the remains of once grand historic buildings and imagining what might once have been, you’ll definitely want to stop off at Shap Abbey by the side of the River Lowther near Shap, approximately 10 miles south of Penrith. Where else would you go on a gorgeous […]