Sunday, 18 December 2011
So, in lieu of any earth shattering reports, we'll have a food themed week (and a generally shortened update). Today we ventured out to the [very hidden] trails of the Peak District to the village of Alderwasley. The destination was a proper Sunday lunch at The Bear Inn and Restaurant which was pretty much in the middle of absolutely nowhere (I'm counting on the 12 or so Alderwasley residents to not be blog followers--not difficult since there are only a handful of you as well).
Even with a GPS/Sat Nav is was not easy to find, but we made it. Not much to look at on the outside (picture above) but it had a nice ambiance inside. Notice the very long shadows (and some snow) -- this picture was taken at 3 pm! Days are very short now.
I didn't snap any food shots, but most of us had the carvery which was one reason I chose the place. Carveries are traditional Sunday lunches in the UK (or at least around here). For this one they had roast beef, lamb, turkey and pork loin. I, of course, had all of them and it is one reason I am sitting here typing this with no thought whatsoever about cooking dinner tonight (too full). The two red meats were better because I could get them rare-ish. The white meats were a little over cooked. At any rate, we had a great time and will try to find some others in which to compare.
Well, that's all for now. We hop on a plane to Baltimore-Washington International on Thursday. We have a lot to do before then but we are all excited about seeing our family and friends on the east coast.
Sunday, 11 December 2011
The highlight of the weekend was seeing our first play in town [by Derby Live]. As you can tell from the JPEG above it was The BFG (Big Friendly Giant) by Roald Dahl (James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, etc.). Alex had the challenge of reading the book before we went. It took awhile, but he did it with 2 days to spare!
Since Kuk is off to France for most of this upcoming week, I will be enlisting Nicole for some additional cooking help. We might just have 2-3 pictures next week.
Quick note on the weather. I've not been keeping up with the weather back home (there's no point, really). It's been fairly consistent here for the last few weeks. Temperatures hover around 40-45F for highs. It hasn't dipped below freezing for the most part though there has been frost on the windshield a few times (it sucks parking outside). Seems like we get some light drizzle/rain most days -- no snow yet. Interestingly enough, the Peak District just to the north (and at a higher elevation) has gotten some snow to the point that some roads have been closed.
So, in general, I'd say it's a tick or two warmer than what we would usually have back in Indy. Can't say I miss the cold or the snow, but that's just me.
You may recall me commenting back in the summer on how much daylight there was. Well, we get the opposite now. Sunrise is just after 8 and sunset is around 4. Dark coming and going though I do have a window at work to at least see the sun. It really messes with your internal clock -- always seems much later than it is at night.
Christmas and the trip home are coming. We are getting excited but Kuk and I are no where ready!
All for now -- thanks for reading.
Sunday, 4 December 2011
December! It's actually starting to feel a little like Christmas. We'd better start thinking about shopping . . . hard to believe we will be back in the States in less than 3 weeks. The kids are starting to get excited.
We had a very busy weekend on the back of a busy week at work. No rest for the weary this time. On Saturday, we got to feel like productive members of society again by helping our friends the Seppanens. After 6 weeks here they finally got there shipment of furniture from IKEA. Having put together quite a few pieces myself I thought they could use a hand. We didn't finish it all, but we made great progress. I'm sure their place will feel more like home now. Capped off the night the pizza delivered from Pizza Hut (a first for us here). Really hit the spot.
I guess it was an all Seppanen weekend as our 2 families took a day trip to Lincoln, about 75-80 minutes to the northeast from Derby. Lincoln has a huge Christmas Market every year and we thought we would try it out -- glad we did. Lincoln also has an impressive cathedral and castle too. You can eventually get Jay's take on the weekend at his blog if you want another view.
Lots of stained glass. Here's a sample.
Looking back at the entrance
stained glass at the far end
We had a nice day at the Christmas Market and we were glad to be able to share the day with the Seppanens.
Have a good week and thanks for reading.