Welcome to the world of CumbrianLass.

I am a 30 something lass born and bred in Cumbria. I’ve lived here my whole life (apart from that time I went to uni, but let’s be honest, I don’t really remember much of it ?). I was born in Whitehaven and lived out West for the majority of my life; 3 years ago, I moved to Carlisle with my long-suffering fella so we could have the best of both worlds. The bright lights of the big city, with the beautiful lakes and fells in spitting distance

In December 2015, we woke up to the sound of a whirring motor outside of our bedroom window; ten minutes later my fella and 3 coastguards were hauling my fat arse through our top window into a life boat. And everything changed.

During that 4-minute boat ride and hours’ drive to my mams I saw the devastation that had been brought to our County by Storm Desmond. Our lives were turned upside down. We were homeless, shoeless and hopeless.

As the weeks passed, I experienced something that I had never felt before. The Cumbrian Spirit. Aye we’ve had our tragedies and our blips. But this was something else. Neighbours ripping houses apart and putting them back together, tradesmen working 24 hours a day most of the time for nothing, schools reopening to give our kids some normality, community centres opening their doors to the homeless, food parcels being put together for those who need it most. And this lads and lasses is why I do what I do.

CumbrianLass is a continuation of the Cumbrian Spirit I saw in those months. What started out as a laugh and a joke turned into a place to celebrate our county, raise spirits, connect with strangers who share the same ridiculous accent and know how to have a good crack.

Cumbria has been on the mend for a while now and so have I. I realised that in times of crisis and need, there’s no place I’d rather be.

So here we are 2 years later and I have a real life proper website! But what are you going to use it for I hear you ask….well let me tell you…

When you’ve been homeless, penniless and (again) shoeless you start putting things into perspective. What really matters? And my answer to that is quality of life. The quality of time spent with family, the quality of experiences, the quality of gifts given, the quality of date night, the quality of a quiet Sunday, the quality of that night out with the lasses. Experience is everything

So I am dedicating this website into helping everyone find the quality in Cumbria. Making the most of what’s on our doorstep, finding the hidden gems, doing what we can with what we have. Cumbria is not just pretty scenery and lakes it is so much more. Every day is an adventure waiting to happen.

So. stick around folks, it’s gonna be one hell of a ride.

All my love

CL xx

Andy Watson, of Watsign, Warwick Mill Business Village, with his Carlisle flood sign