Wednesday, 17 July 2013

The Lorton Village Scarecrow Trail

Those of you who have lived in a village community will know that every village has it's own weird and wonderful traditions. Here in Lorton, one such tradition is the Scarecrow competition, which forms part of the annual Yew Tree Hall Summer Event.

This year the event took place on Sunday 14th July 2013. The event included the village trail quiz - a walking trail around the village to seek out clues for a grand prize, a village-life-themed photo competition, an afternoon tea service in the hall and the fabulous Scarecrow trail and competition.

All in all there were over 40 scarecrows in and around the village. We took Daisy the B&B dog on a walk around the village on Sunday afternoon, and we only managed to spot about half of the scarecrows on our usual route. There were some very impressive creations, and even a couple of celebrity appearances, including Sir Bradley Wiggins, Harry Potter, Uncle Sam, and Wallace and Gromit!

It was so lovely to see so many people taking part, walking around the village, and enjoying the summer sunshine, and, as is often the case with these weird and wonderful village traditions, it engendered a great sense of community spirit!

The Lorton Scarecrows - which one is your favorite?

Saturday, 13 July 2013

A day out at the West Cumbria Game Fair

Today saw the start of the two-day West Cumbria Game Fair, a celebration of country sports, rural life and West Cumbria, and it took place in glorious summer sunshine!

In it's second year, the event takes place in the grounds of Armathwaite Hall, which is located on the shore of Bassenthwaite Lake. We headed down to the show ground just after midday with Daisy the B&B dog in tow.

The organisers have a crammed a whole array of events, demonstrations, displays and stalls in, including:
  • Craft Stalls
  • Working Dog Displays & Competitions
  • Archery 
  • Food Stalls
  • Cookery Demonstrations
  • A Vintage Car Display
  • Clay Shooting
  • Airgun Range
  • Fly Fishing Demonstrations
  • Cumberland & Westmorland Wrestling Displays
  • Family Dog Shows
  • A Hound Parade
  • Demonstrations from Cumbria Heavy Horses
and so much more!

There's something for everyone......

For me, it was the working horse demonstration in the main arena: Staff from Cumbrian Heavy Horses demonstrated how these beautiful Clydesdales, originally bred as working farm horses, should be ridden under saddle. Clydesdale and Shire are both considered rare breeds, so the company hope to ensure the breed's future is bright by encouraging people to ride them.

Cumbrian Heavy Horse demonstration, showing two of their impressive Clydesdales: Little Prince & Sparky

For Peter it was the vintage car display he wanted to have a look at.

There is a selection of vintage cars and other vehicles on display at the fair.

As for Daisy, well she was happy to sit in the sunshine watching the experts hard at work and overseeing the working dog demonstrations! Maybe now, she'll realise that she's actually supposed to bring the ball back during a game of 'fetch'! Although, somehow I doubt it!

Daisy enjoying the Working Dog demonstrations at the West Cumbria Game Fair.

So if you're in the Lake District this weekend and you are looking to spend some time in the sunshine, why not head down to The West Cumbria Game Fair. The fair is open from 10am till 4pm on Sunday, and once again, the sun is set to shine!

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

The New Website

We've been working on it for a while now, and we're pleased to finally be able to announce the launch our brand new website. Go to to have a look.

It's a much fresher and cleaner look than the old website:

That's it for now, feel free to explore the new website, and don't forget to leave your comments on this post and let us know what you think. We hope you like the new branding and website design for The Old Vicarage Country Guest House.

We're hoping to go into a bit more detail about the brand development process in our next blog post, but for the time being I think we need a lie down!