Sunday 24 September 2017


Morning, everyone.  It's later than usual and looking good out there.

My share of the cottage is on the left.  Dodgy steps leading up to the front door and guests are told not to use them.  Er . . .

Yesterday was a gentle day.  I had a drive around, stopped now and again for a stroll, visited a shopping centre (disappointing), tried Caudwell Mill and Craft Centre and couldn't find a parking slot (so that's earmarked for a weekday visit), found where the parking is in Bakewell (another weekday visit, if time permits), noted that Haddon Hall car park was chokka-full, bought some cold meat for lunchtime sandwiches at the Farm Shop and then snugged down at home with the little fire on for an evening of reading and telly.

View from the Chatsworth coffee shop.  You can see how misty is was.

A lovely day and a comfortable evening too.

Today I might be meeting up for coffee with a friend from old FirstClass days as she lives locally.  It'll be nice to have a bit of a chat and relive old times.  Then, weather permitting, I will head up to the Snake Pass and do that drive.  Last time I went that way it was drizzly and the views were somewhat disappointing so if the weather closes in, I won't bother but it looks good right now so fingers crossed.

I'm finding that already time is running short.  There's enough that I want to do to fill the rest of the days so I shall have to be very organised to fill the time.  I've done a sort of timetable for the four days from tomorrow to Thursday.  There are some things I just can't fit in so isn't that a good excuse - er, I mean reason, of course - to book another visit, maybe around June time when the weather is generally rather good and when exams are on so children aren't taken out of school.

I have treated myself - dinner today is loin of lamb (a dear little joint for one from guess where) with roasted tomatoes and roast potatoes, both from the garden!  I had to look up how to cook loin and am not sure whether to have it pink or slow roast it.  Most of the recipes I've looked up ask for fancy -pants ingredients which I don't have so I will wing it with dried herbs!

Well, better go.  I have essential stuff to do like uploading photos (so I won't send this until I have), having a bath, getting a Sunday paper and some mint sauce (didn't bring it with me, silly me 😉) and reading the paper with a fresh oj (from guess where) to hand until my friend confirms time and place.

It's going to be good.

EDIT:   Ooops - I sent after saying I wouldn't, sorry.  Never mind, I've added a few photos now.


  1. Sounds like you're having a good time.

  2. I am, thanks, Eileen. It's a lovely part of the world and I wish I had booked longer really.
    J x

  3. Haddon Hall is delightful; one of my favourite places to visit. It's small and friendly with an interesting history.
    Do try to get there. Sue

  4. I think it is just about my all time favourite place. So quirky and it just feel friendly rather than grand and supercilious!
    J x