Here's a nice photo of my girls as we start our ascent.
a quick look along the A6 and the River Derwent (down river or north)
and a look in the opposite direction -- the ride up was a bigger thrill than we expected
another scenery shot on the way up -- typical English countryside
looking back down
We made it! Now we are ready to explore.
history. Looks nice on a hilltop at least.
The Victorian Tower was built in 1844 to (a) take advantage of the panoramic views and (b) provide work for the unemployed (i.e. a make-work government program). Of course, we had to climb it.
two heads up top
and now a third
I love these countryside photos, especially on a nice(ish) day
another with the kids -- the best part of Father's Day
They had some chain saw family carvings. Fittingly, this was the Father.
Alas, an actual animal photo. Can't say I've seen a peacock on a door before.
in all his glory -- there's a peahen off to the side that we was claiming/protecting
Ooh, special Father's Day duck race. We had #3. (Yes, it's as cheesy as it looks).
they are off!
some water dripping from above -- pretty neat the way the light shone on it
I actually picked it out so I can't complain (much). It's Blue John (link) a semi-precious stone that is found only in the Peak District. I think it looks great. (That's your birthday present for next month, btw. :-)
some big slides at the second playground
curly ones too
too much activity for some? (never fall asleep when your photo-happy husband and his camera are close by)
another shot towards Matlock
All in all, a nice relaxing day out. I didn't take a photo, but I got some nice gifts as well. Nicole had a first and actually purchased a gift for me: a spice rack lazy susan. Cool. How many dad's get that?
Kuk got me a new gadget as a combo belated birthday/Father's day gift: a hand held GPS for hiking (link). I've got some playing/figuring to do now! I fear this is a truthful comment on my orienteering though! Stay tuned for some geeky hiking stats once I figure it out.
To top it off, we also went out to dinner (I can't cook on FD after all!). We tried the Bull's Head in Repton (our friends the Seppanens have been wearing it out since they found it). The food was good but it was unbelievably slow (even for British standards). We'll have to try it on a non holiday.
Kuk's softshell crab starter
Nicole's wood fired pizza
my beef roast (a little rare for me, but I wasn't sending anything back after 90 minutes)
along the food theme, Nicole was back at it and cooked this homemade mac & cheese w/ ham casserole earlier in the week
On Friday night, Nicole had her belated birthday sleepover. Phoebe, Annabel and Anna joined in on the fun.
Obviously, Father's Day can't pass without me thinking about my own dad. This is my 4th without him. Not a day goes by without thinking of some connection/lesson/trait that I owe to him.
And one of my favorites. He was great with the kids. I need to summon his patience some times.
Thanks for indulging me in a personal moment. I hope you all had a great Father's Day weekend.