Holiday Book Review: The Lakeland Odd Soks

the-lakeland-odd-soks-88A tribe of previously undiscovered creatures living in the heart of the Lake District have made their way into print in three books aimed at 4 – 9 year olds.

The Odd Soks, from different families and different species, are linked by their brightly coloured odd soks that they wear and the adventures that they find themselves in. The Elms – Rufus with his red hair and fiery personality, grumpy Mosscrop with his green hair shaped like a freshly cut haystack and Bud. Then there are the Paddlers from the streams and the Lowbs who live in the barns – Little Lowb constantly looking out for the good of his Odd Sok friends and family. Continue reading

Sochi – Predictions turned Gold!

In his blog, Passionate about … Olympic Biathlon, Ian Woods, director of Onesimus and our in-house Team GB coach made some pin-point predictions about which athletes we should be watching closely during the Sochi Winter Olympics.

Your predictions for the Biathlon Gold Medals were spot on. Are you surprised?

Well, I’m not surprised that Norway’s Svendsen and France’s Martin Fourcade both became Olympic champions in Sochi, though it wasn’t looking good for Svendsen in the first week. He really had to dig deep to take the Gold in the Mass Start race, just beating Fourcade in a stunning photo finish. I am surprised that they both won two Gold medals each and to be honest I was surprised that Bjoerndalen also won two Gold medals.  Continue reading

Wedding Dresses – Why White?

Ahead of our two wedding fayres at Lancaster House and The Wild Boar on Sunday 2nd March 2014. We thought we would follow up our Weird and Wonderful Wedding Traditions blog with a look at the traditional white wedding dress we so often see at our five individual Lake District and Lancashire wedding venues.

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In the west we often accept the tradition of a white wedding dress as a staple part of  the wedding celebration and assume that it has always been the case.

Not so, the white wedding dress fashion was initially introduced as a  protest against the effects of the industrial revolution! Below are a ten interesting facts around wedding attire… Continue reading