Window Shopping in Keswick was a nice way to round off our recent trip to the Lake District.  The first picture is for Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge : Open. It shows that the Cumberland Pencil Museum shop is open, even though due to devastating floods in the winter the museum itself is still closed.

The idea of a Pencil Museum has always intrigued me, though never enough to actually go for a visit, even in the wettest of weather. So I’ve never  seen “the longest colouring pencil in the world” or “the world’s most secret WW2 pencil”, though I have imagined them…often.

The museum featured in a BBC Guide to “the oddest days out in the UK” and I read a rave review recently where a visitor enthused :”It’s got everything you need in a Pencil Museum!”.  Ah well, to each his own.


Pencil Museum Shop

Pencil Museum Shop ©HelenBushe


Museum Shop Window

Museum Shop Window ©HelenBushe

The rest of the pictures show a few of the things for sale in the town. They were all taken and edited on iPhone.

LampShade Shop

LampShade Shop ©HelenBushe


Cheese Shop Sign

Cheese Shop Sign ©HelenBushe


Strawberry Coffee Shop

Strawberry Coffee Shop ©HelenBushe


Glass Shop

Glass Shop©HelenBushe


Fudge Shop

Fudge Shop ©HelenBushe  


elleturner4 · 21 June 2016 at 21:45

Great photos but the light shade one is amazing.

    HMB · 21 June 2016 at 21:55

    Thanks Elle, that’s the one I like best too.

Hugh's Views and News · 21 June 2016 at 09:39

I saw the pencil museum featured on the BBC news sometime ago. I think it was before the floods because I remember them talking about it having the longest colouring pencil in the world.
Such lovely photos, Helen. On a recent trip to Dartmouth we were treated to watching people making fudge. I once loved the stuff, but find it too sweet these days.
The Wild Strawberry coffee shop looks like an amazing place to stop for a beverage and maybe a slice of cake.
Thank you for participating.

    HMB · 21 June 2016 at 12:59

    Thanks Hugh. Yes fudge too sweet though it smells great being made. But coffee and cake any time!

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