Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) 12A
Director: Guy Ritchie
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law and Jared Harris
Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Dr. Watson join forces to outwit and bring down their fiercest adversary, Professor Moriarty.
Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey, Jr.) and his longtime trusted associate, Doctor Watson (Jude Law), take on their arch-nemesis, Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris), with the help of Holmes’s older brother Mycroft Holmes (Stephen Fry) and a gypsy named Sim (Noomi Rapace).
We’ve added two new outstanding beers to our bar, both coming from the excellent Coniston Brewing Co.
This is a tried and tested very popular Bitter, an award winning session ale with a golden colour and light, clean, quality taste.
Donald Campbell’s Bluebird was recovered in 2001 from Coniston Water where she had lain since the dramatic world record attempt of over 300mph on the 4th of January 1967.
This is a Pilsner Style top fermented Lager using hops from Southern Germany, creating an authentic crisp, clean, Continental style matured beer. Named after the name given to Coniston Water by Norse settlers
127 Hours (2010) (15)
Director: Danny Boyle
Starring: James Franco, Amber Tamblyn and Kate Mara
A mountain climber becomes trapped under a boulder while canyoneering alone near Moab, Utah and resorts to desperate measures in order to survive.
127 Hours is the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston’s remarkable adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolated canyon in Utah. Over the next five days Ralston examines his life and survives the elements to finally discover he has the courage and the wherewithal to extricate himself by any means necessary, scale a 65 foot wall and hike over eight miles before he can be rescued. Throughout his journey, Ralston recalls friends, lovers, family, and the two hikers he met before his accident. Will they be the last two people he ever had the chance to meet?
We moved as a family to Thorney How, Grasmere from Old Forge Cottage, Kentmere exactly one year ago today, so we’re feeling in a celebratory mood.
There’s so much that has happened in a year. Both of us have been made redundant from our former roles and thankfully Thorney How has had a successful first 12 months.
Taking on an old building and all the cast off hostel fittings from the YHA has been no easy journey. Opening for business after just 8 weeks was also a major undertaking, but this enabled us to complete a first season, listen to our customers and get to know the building thoroughly.
Three staff joined us during the year. Al and Julia have both moved on to other things, our Chef Robin remains with us and we have now begun recruiting for the 2012 season.
#ProjectThorney continues with many areas now redecorated and two key areas the Dining Room and our outside drainage works almost complete. As a nice bonus the family will also have its own shower room completed imminently.
Planning has proven to be our Achilles heel this year, taking a lot longer to submit than anticipated and we are now ‘in dialogue’ with the planning board over our proposals. Which means that the plans have not been rejected outright, but that there are areas of concern that we need to now reach a compromise over. However this now means more time and energy being spent on this rather than other things. But we’re confident that it will be worth it in the end.
Thorney How blog will be moving soon to join an upgraded version of our existing website at www.thorneyhow.co.uk allowing us to integrate our news and progress updates with our main general information content, offers, diary of events and booking system.
“Sakhioba were visiting the Lake District and after a walk through the hills from Grasmere we came to Rydal Caves where they sang. We gathered our audience on the way – mostly a school party from Swindon who were staying in a hostel at Coniston.” David Burbage, http://www.lakelandvoice.co.uk
‘Fantastically aromatic, with violets, cloves, cinnamon, vanilla, it’s incredible to think that this all comes from the blend of hops. The palate sports a complex mix of dark roasted malts, with vanilla coffee flavours, spicy fruitcake, and bitter coffee on the finish.
We’re in casserole country here. Or rich tangy cheeses. Or a log fire. Or a cold night…’
It might be a bit too sweet for some, but then this is a beer for Christmas. Very easy drinking with a gentle kick. We’ll try and get some additional customer feedback. Then I’m off to try another new beer. It’s a tough job and someone’s got to do it.
It’s great that we have had so many cultured visitors over the last few months all adding an extra something to the social ambience of an independent hostel.
This can bring an unexpected extra element to an evening spent here. Our piano in particular is often put to good use, both instrumental and with vocals. We’ve been very impressed at the talent coaxing life out of our out of tune piano.
We’ve had several artists staying with us including Mark America undertaking a research leg in Cumbria as part of his development for a new mobile phone film project to be aired at Abandon Normal Devices in 2012.
Also poets courtesy of The Wild Women Press preparing for their Naked Muse Calendar in aid of the JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation)
Also a group of musicians from Holland here in the UK to play music by and in memory of Michael J Smith inspired by Wordsworth’s ‘The Prelude’.
We enjoyed reading ‘Alfred Wainwright’s Coast to Coast Walk’ a blog by Paul Tinker who completed the walk with his mate Dave and dog Toby, June 5th-June 16th 2011.
Thorney How was their Grasmere stop over, glad you made it guys!
The Coast to Coast Walk is the brainchild of Alfred Wainwright. It crosses three National Parks, and includes some of England’s best loved scenery. It is generally considered best to start at St. Bees beside the Irish Sea. The walk then passes through the mountains of the Lake District, across the Pennines and down into Swaledale, then over The North York Moors and beyond to Robin Hood’s Bay and the east coast.
Thorney How in Grasmere is one of the primary stops along the walk as the path crosses right by our main entrance.