Baysbrown Farm campsite, Church Stile, Lake District –> England

Braysbrown Farm, Church Site, Cumbria, Lake District, England

First things first (if you’re not into dogs just skip this part): Henry. Does not have arthritis (hoorah!). And no parasite has invaded his spinal cord to block the *move legs* signal in his brain (phew!). But the neurologist suspects an old spinal injury is now given him jib or he could have even had a stroke and so the dog has not moved an inch in aaaaaaaaages. Having had an Xray, antibiotics, anti-inflammatory, Gabapen, suspected Neospora, Toxoplasmosis or even Polyradiculoneuritis (love that term) he is now back on the Metacam and full rest. Let me just stress to all you pet owners out there how important it is that your pet has insurance. Ours do not and I do feel very guilty that we are not able to diagnose him better. After the Xray (coming in at £240) the next step would have been an MRI which – at £1,000 a pop – simply isn’t an option. Regular medication isn’t cheap and return visits to the vet cost £16 every time we turn up. Hannah (the vet) has been great and we even managed to sneak in a video of Henry to the teaching hospital at Liverpool (where they don’t liaise with the general public and consultations start at £300!!!) which is how we got a *video diagnosis* from the neurologist but obviously this isn’t a confirmed diagnosis and we can’t detect tumours or lesions on videos and so we’re just hoping for the best and that one of these days the bad days will come to an end and H will recover.

Anyway. That didn’t stop us from enjoying a weekend in the beautiful Lake District though and here he is chillin’ a nice afternoon away:

Baysbrown campsite, Church Stile, Cumbria, Lake District, England

Baysbrown campsite, Church Stile, Cumbria, Lake District, England

Baysbrown campsite, Church Stile, Cumbria, Lake District, England

Baysbrown campsite, Church Stile, Cumbria, Lake District, England

Baysbrown campsite, Church Stile, Cumbria, Lake District, England

Baysbrown campsite, Church Stile, Cumbria, Lake District, England

But back to the story. I’d come across this guy’s details in the camping & caravan club magazine (don’t laugh. we’re nerds!?) and promptly signed up to one of his workshops. A weekend in the Lake District finding out how to take better pictures? Win/win!

The workshop was due to start @ 9am on the Saturday morning at the White Moss car park. For one reason or another [Mr B’s deafness. No Wifi. My inability to write down post codes or telephone numbers………] we ended up being the most disorganised people on the planet and were half an hour late for the meet. Suitably embarrassed I was relieved to find out that when we finally got there the others were very nice about it all and after quick introductions we went for a little stroll around the lake.

Stuart is a brilliant photographer and his pictures have (quite rightly!) made it into some of the biggest UK walking magazines. I was in absolute awe about just HOW EASY he makes it look to take a great shot and by the end of the day I pretty much knew that I have TONS to learn. So here’s some of the shots from the day [no ND filter. no long exposures. nothing new really, just some behind the scene shots I guess].

Braysbrown Farm, Church Site, Cumbria, Lake District, England

Braysbrown Farm, Church Site, Cumbria, Lake District, England

Braysbrown Farm, Church Site, Cumbria, Lake District, England

Braysbrown Farm, Church Site, Cumbria, Lake District, England

Braysbrown Farm, Church Site, Cumbria, Lake District, England

Lake District, Cumbria, England

Lake District, Cumbria, England

Braysbrown Farm, Church Site, Cumbria, Lake District, England

Braysbrown Farm, Church Site, Cumbria, Lake District, England

Lake District, Cumbria, England

Lake District, Cumbria, England

Lake District, Cumbria, England

Lake District, Cumbria, England

Lake District, Cumbria, England

I thoroughly enjoyed the day! I now have extreme camera envy and a burning desire to take pictures 24 hours a day! I guess it’s all part of a massive learning curve but I really wish I could re-publish most of my posts on vanplusfour. Which – considering I can just about manage to push out a couple of posts a month – is like mission impossible.

Lake District, Cumbria, England

Lake District, Cumbria, England

Lake District, Cumbria, England

Lake District, Cumbria, England

Lake District, Cumbria, England

Mr B and the dogs spent the day chilling by the lake, taking a look at some of the stunning views (Maisie) or taking a nap by the van (Henry).

We were looking forward to going back to the camp site, Baysbrown Farm is A.M.A.Z.I.N.G! Outstanding views. Lots of space. Curious farm animals [we particularly liked the free-roaming chickens ^_^]. Excellent toilet & shower facilities [this is the kind of site you could happily bring a camping virgin to and then leave with a freshly converted camping addict!].

Braysbrown Farm, Church Site, Cumbria, Lake District, England

Braysbrown Farm, Church Site, Cumbria, Lake District, England

Lake District, Cumbria, England

Lake District, Cumbria, England

Lake District, Cumbria, England

Baysbrown Farm, Church Stile, Cumbria, Lake District, England

On the Sunday we can’t wait to start exploring the area and it’s exactly then that we decide: must. come. back.!

Baysbrown Farm, Church Stile, Cumbria, Lake District, England

Baysbrown Farm, Church Stile, Cumbria, Lake District, England

Baysbrown Farm, Church Stile, Cumbria, Lake District, England

Baysbrown Farm, Church Stile, Cumbria, Lake District, England

Baysbrown Farm, Church Stile, Cumbria, Lake District, England

Baysbrown Farm, Church Stile, Cumbria, Lake District, England

Baysbrown Farm, Church Stile, Cumbria, Lake District, England

Baysbrown Farm, Church Stile, Cumbria, Lake District, England

Baysbrown Farm, Church Stile, Cumbria, Lake District, England

Baysbrown Farm, Church Stile, Cumbria, Lake District, England

Baysbrown Farm, Church Stile, Cumbria, Lake District, England

Baysbrown Farm, Church Stile, Cumbria, Lake District, England

Baysbrown Farm, Church Stile, Cumbria, Lake District, England

Baysbrown Farm, Lake District, Cumbria, England

To finish off, some #vw #vanporn :)

Baysbrown Farm, Lake District, Cumbria, England

Baysbrown Farm, Lake District, Cumbria, England

Baysbrown Farm, Lake District, Cumbria, England

Baysbrown Farm, Lake District, Cumbria, England

Baysbrown Farm, Lake District, Cumbria, England

Baysbrown Farm, Lake District, Cumbria, England

Baysbrown Farm, Lake District, Cumbria, England

Baysbrown Farm, Lake District, Cumbria, England

Baysbrown Farm, Lake District, Cumbria, England

Baysbrown Farm, Lake District, Cumbria, England

Baysbrown Farm, Lake District, Cumbria, England

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11 thoughts on “Baysbrown Farm campsite, Church Stile, Lake District –> England

  1. Superb photos and Henry looks suitably chilled there by the van! Hope he improves soon :)
    I’ll re-stress the insurance thing too – our lab Tilly is like a new dog after her elbow operation earlier this year, but she had to go through the MRI scans etc and we could only get it done because she’s insured. The whole bill came to just under £3,000. I actually hate to think how we’d have felt if she hadn’t been insured and we hadn’t been able to go ahead with it, as she had been getting in a bad way with her walking, and she’s only 4 years old – far too young to be pensioned off by the fire!
    All the best for Henry :)

    • Thanks Chrissie. We will definitely not ever scrimp on pet insurance ever again! I guess so far we’ve been lucky as none of our previous dogs needed it but peace of mind and knowing what’s eating your pet up is definitely something money CAN buy. Another (sad) lesson learnt.
      I’ve given H a reassuring pat on the head from you ^_^

    • Well thank you very much Sonya, nice to hear a little compliment on a Friday ^_^ easy for pics to turn out beautiful if the subject is as gorgeous as our hairy companions.
      Greetings from North Wales (UK)
      Babs B
      PS: I should definitely be on your list of favourite UK instagrammers. And bloggers! Ha! ^_^

  2. Brilliant! Beautiful photos as always. I dream of a visit to the UK every time I see a van plus 4 post. Hey, I don’t think you realized that one of those dogs is a chicken. Don’t worry, nobody will notice.

    • I wouldn’t bother with the UK visit right now. Rain. And more rain. Yesterday, the 1st of JULY (!!!) we had 14 degrees (Celsius) here in North Wales. Poor performance!!!

  3. Hello, Just caught up with your blog posts and so pleased you decided to visit The Lake District. You remember, I mentioned it to you hope you enjoyed it as much I have enjoyed all these lovely photo’s which bring back a lot of memories for me. I know how you feel about sick animals as we have a dog with a heart murmur which makes him have fainting turns every so often. Thanks for your advice regarding insurance never thought of that. Hope your dog is soon well again.

  4. Wishing you all the best for your doggie! Strange coincidence, our dog was operated today. A small (and hopefully benign) tumour removed from each of his eye lids, and 350 euro gone. All went well, but now the poor creature has to wear a plastic funnel around his neck for ten days. Not a happy dog…

  5. Aaahhh! Henry is such a sweetie, beautiful photos, much better than all that landscape malarkey :)
    Let’s see you put that photography training to good use then, bring on more posts!

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