Friday, 20 April 2018


Almond: how do you say this nut?

a) OL-mund?
b) AL -mund?
c) AR-mund?

Coming soon: Scone

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Alice Hogg

40s Keswick  cartoonist Alice Hogg's defiant housewife

Alison Hargreaves, First Woman to conquer Everest (Great Women Mountaineers no 5)

"It is better to have lived one day as a tiger than 1,000 days as a sheep" Tibetan proverb. 
Alison Hargreaves was the first woman to conquer Everest on May 13th 1995, alone and without oxygen. A successful summit of K2 was followed by her tragic death on the descent...

Proddy Rug

Old sacks and rags, all you needed for a proddy rug as long as you had a proddy (More objects from the Keswick museum)

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Britain's Rarest Fish

Exhibits in Keswick Museum included a Vendace, a fish found in Derwent Water and dating back to the Ice Age. Plus a mantrap for catching poachers. Ouch!

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Great Women Mountaineers no 4: Annie Smith Peck (1850-1935)

Annie's looking cheesed off here because after she'd scaled the Northern-most summit of Peruvian mountain Cordillera Blanca and the Chileans had named it in her honour (Cumbre Aña  Peck) Fanny Bullock Workman disputed the height of the mountain to ensure she didn't get the women's altitude record. It's tough at the top....

Great Women Mountaineers no 3: Fanny Bullock Workman

Formidable Fanny had fantastic resilience to altitude enabling her to reach many peaks. Explorer, mountaineer, geographer, writer and cartographer Ms Workman also championed Women's suffrage whilst fiercely holding the women's altitude record.....