Did you miss me? I hope not because I managed to outwit any potential housebreakers so I hope I had you all fooled too! We have been away on our hollypops to The Peak District. It was a great holiday and you know of course that I will share more with you in the coming weeks. Good job that I just got all the posts done from our last holiday isn't it..... Oh, except that I still haven't finished with 2014 yet..... Better get a move on then hadn't I.
Here is a little taster of what we got up to and where we went.
Rudyard Lake, via a little steam train. Of course after my recent visit to see Rudyard Kiplings home I had to go and see the lake that he was named after as we were so close to it.
The beautiful Little Moreton Hall - even though it was pouring with rain which you can see in the picture it was still beautiful!
Visits to many - probably too many! - National Trust places. Eyam Hall above, and Lyme Park below.
Chatsworth! Oh yes, it was fabulous! Well well well worth a visit!
Especially the water features.
Walks and strolls, and falling in love with Dovedale especially. The river in early evening without any other visitors there. Bliss!!!
The National Trust Museum of Childhood and Sudbury Hall - above and below. The young lady in the striped top is called Sindy and she is the English equivalent of Barbie. I had one that looked just like this and a very similar bathroom set for my Sindy. Scarily we also had a bathroom suite of this same colour in our last house - and the one here was avocado green when we moved in. It isn't now!
Full posts will follow. Once I get the 1300+ photos sorted. Yes. I typed that correctly! A lot of them are fuzzy and blurry though and I suspect that at least 500 are of sheep (or cows!) of passing hedgerows and no matter how much you love them you just don't need 500 blurry pictures of anything from one holiday do you. Do you????
Oh, and don't worry, I will NOT be sharing all the photos with you, I fully expect to delete a lot of them before I even start. Especially the awful attempts at selfies.......
See, blurry and cows - and blurry cows!
The weather was mixed to say the least, but that didn't stop us, off out and about we went regardless.
Of course crafting also happened in the evenings. One thing nearly finished and another has been started - but once again I need more yarn! How does this always seem to happen to me. It is on order.... Full posts will of course follow.
Overall we had a great time. With one teeny tiny little exception. We went to a NT place - that no matter how cross I get or how much anyone asks, I am NOT going to name and I have not named it in this post - and had our first ever NT disappointment with exceptionally poor service from paid members of staff - not the volunteers I hasten to add. It made me really sad, but made me appreciate all of the other great places and the people who work there and my own special place and colleagues even more, so I guess that is the positive takeaway from the situation. I have raised a complaint to the highest sources and await a reply. Just made me a little sad! I have never had to report such a thing before.
Oh, and I got gastro too! Eeeewww!! Not at the disappointing NT place. Before that. Then somehow again afterwards. Good news is I am all better now and I came home weighing the same as when I went. Which is annoying because I got some really good step numbers in with my first ever day of going over 10,000 steps. Better than putting weight on though isn't it.
Sorry about those last two bits. Especially the very last bit. You really didn't want to know that did you! I will stop now.
So, that is the holiday which was. More - yes, I know, more!!! - books were purchased and so were a couple of cross stitch kits. One that scares the wotsits out of me as the fabric you work it on is so fine I cannot tell you. A job for the summer with very good light me thinks. Lots of good times had and great memories made. What more could you ask for!
Hope that you have all been well and having fun over the last week, sorry that I didn't comment on your blogs, but I did have a sneaky read to see what most of you were up to and as usual you have all been very busy indeed!
Thank you all again for the wonderful comments about my shawl, you really overwhelmed me and were so kind! Thank you!!! Thank you too for your comments on my other posts and especially on Friday. Normal service is now resuming today!
In the meantime I leave you with my favourite photo from those I have looked at so far. A little calf with the cutest expression!