Alex has been fighting a cough for 3-4 weeks now. No other symptoms so we haven't taken him to the doctor. However, we decided to take him to the walk-in clinic on Saturday morning. Recall that we were quite pleased with our NHS experience when he broke his arm. We'd heard from others not to expect much for the garden variety visits though.
Net result: a wasted morning of waiting, no drugs in our hands and likely the intended NHS result of "we won't bother next time". They are quite reluctant to prescribe antibiotics due to immunity issues (and cost, some would say). Our UK friend Andrea commented that all we should expect is "Here are two leeches; call me in the morning." True, true. No leeches, but the same unsatisfying result!
Whinging over: 'though a later start than normal (noon) we hopped in the car and headed north for our walk.
Longshaw Estate. It's in the Dark Peak and not really near anything. Perhaps Heathersage is the closest town. It's just under an hour away. We actually came back via Chesterfield / M1 / A38 and that was a little faster (and easier on passenger #1).
link) that we did to Stanage Edge with the Seppanens. We haven't done the longer green route yet.
Check out those blue skies. Seems like it has been forever. Nice jet contrail, eh?
along the trail by the brook -- Alex continuing his odd facial experessions
the brook is further down in the gorge now
another family shot-- Alex is apparently about to burst
we've exited the forest for now -- interesting building . . . not sure what it was used for
a nice one of Nicole on the bridge near the old mill as we cross back over the brook
I liked this mossy old stone fence
A nice look back at the Dark Peak in the distance after we climbed up and out of the gorge.
Sheep and stone walls -- we've missed you! This was the last bit as we headed back to the parking lot. Unfortunately about this time, Kuk realized that her "broad jump" was actually a "skinny" jump and she didn't quite clear a muddy patch. Oh well, a little more laundry to do!
After returning home and getting cleaned up we headed over to our friends, the Connells. Andrea had ordered some Domino's for the kids and the adults headed out to the Viceroy "for a curry" (that's how you say going out for Indian). We had a great time with good friends and left absolutely stuffed. The conversation was still going strong so we continued at their place until what amounted to a late night for us (and the kids). Wonderful time -- thanks Andrea and Derek. (sorry, no photos for the curry).
Unfortunate timing on my part, but we had booked an early Sunday Roast at the Bridge Inn for Sunday at noon. This was from a Groupon that I had purchased that gave each of us a 3-course meal for only £20.
I had low expectations since this was more of regular pub fare than a "gastro pub" or a full out carvery. It wasn't anything special but it was fine (and well worth £20). The top left was my duck pate (Andrea -- obviously not Kuk's choice). In fact, this was a poor choice on my part as Kuk's garlic mushrooms and the kids' potato soup were better.
I opted for the roast pork which was okay. The girls got
The vegetables, unfortunately, lived up to the British food stereotype. Frozen, overcooked and underseasoned. That's what they looked like when they brought them and that's what they looked like when they took them away. We didn't even bother.
The girls had a nice apple tart with cream for dessert. I had a treacle sponge with custard that was also good. Alex had a fruit bowl. We all waddled to the car.
Now back to my "15 minute" cooking for the week:
sausage gnocci with spring greens -- even better than expected
Cajun shrimp with a sweet potato mash with crunchy veg on top. Not bad either.
New experience with the shrimp. You can get them cleaned here but it is also possible (and more likely in some cases) to get them whole. Don't care for the hairy antennae myself. The recipe called for cooking them whole but I spared the family and de-headed them first.
Let's hope for some more good weather in the weekends to come. Have a good week everyone.