On Friday we got a huge deluge (an average July in 24 hrs?) which caused some flooding in the area. Fortunately, our immediate area was spared. The forecast for the weekend was "unsettled" which they tend to use a lot (something about the jet stream dipping lower than normal). Could be sunny. Could be cloudy. May rain a little. May rain a lot. What I am supposed to do with that info?
On Saturday, we had a nice evening with fellow ex-pats. Same crew as last Friday but this time superbly hosted by Dave and Sarah. Excellent food and fun. Always nice to compare notes on the experience.
Saturday turned out to be a nicer than predicted day. For Sunday, I decided to take a small chance and go to the National Tramway Museum/Village in nearby Crich. It's an open air museum but also contains some inside bits in case the weather turned. In the end, it was mostly a nice day. We just got a few drops at the end.
Blackpool which still has a working tram.
As with many things of historical (or period) significance, there are avid followers and hobbyists. Such a group began collecting old trams and fixing them up and they ended up in Crich.
The photo above shows that the early trams were actually horse drawn.
Finally, along came electric trams with which most of us are more familiar.
Here's a tram from Derby.
I got a chuckle out of this sign. Change is always difficult, isn't it?
Newfies. I had to go over and get slobbered by them. Very friendly.
At any rate, it became apparent that everyone couldn't live on top of each other so they needed a way to get around. Trams to the rescue.
They have set up this little village to look like the early/mid 20th century. Here's the local pub.
Looking down the street.
Here we are aboard the tram as we ride to the top of the village. Not necessarily a new experience for us as we rode them frequently in Amsterdam.
a quick scenic shot as we go up
A different shot of another working tram
acorn hat man?
another viewpoint, this time along the woodland trail
ooo, tree snail this time (I passed up other snail photos and our friend the black slug was hidden today)
hedgehog library carvings -- huh?
So, all in all a decent day out. Can't say we are tram enthusiasts nor do we have any special longing for them but I'm glad we checked it out. It's always good to get out and I wasn't sure if the weather (or mud) would hold off for a proper hike/walk.
As an aside, Alex and I took a walk down to the river on Saturday to see if the water level was particular high. This is by the bridge near Darleys Restaurant. It was flowing quite fast as you can tell by the churn; really loud too. Hard to make out the weir other than the dropoff. The rest of the river in the wider bits seemed a little higher than normal but nothing alarming.
Hopefully folks back home can cool off a bit. Be sure to send some warmth and dryness this way.