Morning, everyone. Two days ago, the weather forecast for here was dismal - today it looks really good, three cheers. In fact, it looks fine until Friday when it says pouring rain. That won't spoil our holiday but it will be tough for Suzanne driving back south.
Edit: Now it is light, I can see that we have a frost - brrrr. I remember we got lots of early frosts when we lived near Derby all those decades ago. I'm glad I turned the thermostat up yesterday evening.
So yesterday was cold, sure, but lovely and sunny with just two rain showers, one before we left the cottage and the other while we were eating a late lunch.
The morning was spent at Haddon Hall. As I might have said once or twice this week, Haddon Hall is one of my most favourite places ever and it was lovely to be back there again.
It is (or was) a fortified manor house, although the turrets and battlements were more for decoration than for defence. The earliest parts of the Hall were built during the late twelfth century and there are just a few remains of its Norman origins - a pillar and arches in the chapel, some wall and Norman lancet windows.
The most modern actual building seems to have been in the early 1600s.
This particular bit is called, unsurprisingly, 'the three skeletons'.
It was a lovely day . . .
In the evening we chatted and chilled. I knitted and Suzanne cross stitched and I started looking a cottages for next year. If I look just outside the National Park, properties are so much cheaper and I'd rather like a longer stay - there are so many things to do and places to see that we don't have time for as well as old favourites to visit.
Today, we hope to explore Eyam, the 'plague village'. It's a delightful place with a little museum, a hall and lots of gorgeous cottages, etc. I'm looking forward to today very much.
I hope you're all having a great week too. xx