Good morning, everyone. It's wayyyyyy too early to look out and see what the weather is throwing so I've resorted to the Beeb which says sunny, gentle breeze and up to 18C - I'll go with that!
Here's a few photos of the cottage.
And from the front.
I thoroughly approve of this though.
Plans changed slightly as they always do!
We drove down the road (it's walkable but . . .) to the Peak Village in Rowsley, a neat little shopping centre with some interesting shops. We spent ages in a shop that sells bath bombs, pretty soaps, and so on and will be coming back on the way home on Friday to get little gifts for people and maybe for ourselves too.
The was a Cotton Traders, to my great delight, because it is one of my favourite online 'sensible clothes' shops. I got some trousers and also looked long and hard at a lovely knitted top that would be great for layering up on colder days. I'll look at it again online.
Then we went to a bedding shop. Because the car was so full, we decided against bringing extra pillows from home and that was a mistake because the pillows provided here are good quality, sure, but very 'orthopaedic' - in other words hard as a brick! As we both needed new pillows anyway, we had a nosey round the shop and came out with two pillows apiece and Suzanne also got a mattress protector (for home, not here).
There was a Denby outlet shop too, packed with lovely china and kitchen utensils, pans, knives, etc and I found the pan I have been looking for for ages and ages. It is egg pan sized so small but the sides are high so a perfect shape for an individual, one portion tortilla/frittata/quiche and a metal handle so it can go in the oven without any problems. I was so pleased.
We wandered around but didn't buy anything else, there wasn't a proper food shop, sadly and we didn't really fancy paying Chatsworth prices in the eating place so we came back and had a bits and bobs lunch with odds and ends that came with us - lettuce, tomatoes, and so on.
So after lunch we decided to drive up the road, into the Chatsworth estate to the Chatsworth Farm Shop and just get some stuff - cheese, veg, eggs, etc.
I do love that shop - it has so much interesting food. Also, there was a food fair which was really good with lots of samples to try.
We're well supplied now with stuff - no need to do any more food shopping.