With daylight gradually started to diminish as we slowly march towards winter, we met up earlier than normal to try to beat the chill (we were mostly successful). We had a great night of conversation and friendship and tasty food. Thanks guys! We'll have to squeeze a few more visits in while we can.
I was having too good a time to take photos of the food and friends but I did get some photos of their home and garden. (With their permission) I will now proceed to gush about it and perhaps embarrass them along the way (being the modest folks that they are).
I love their house and location -- so quintessentially British and well done. See for yourself.
The house is a few miles outside of Derby and in fact slightly outside a small village in the country. It sits on a hill overly looking the Derwent valley. Derek, with some help from his apparently awesome father-in-law, has done a fantastic job with the landscape. The interior is great too, but I didn't get any photos this time (and I don't want to completely embarrass them).
lovely entry way
house & garden
corner shot -- you can see Derek giving Kuk and Alex a flower lesson on the side
their daily view -- awesome!
what's that? sheep too?
you bet -- Andrea mentioned the joy of spring time and hearing the two-tone mother / lamb conversations: BAAAA . . . . baaaa . . . . BAAAAA . . . . baaa -- love it!
I snuck around back to check up on their guinea pigs too
We call them yellow jackets because we also have these guys to contend with (photo above) -- longer and skinnier (and more painful so I've heard). I think this is a "paper" wasp because the nest is paper-like. Don't care for any of them honestly.
A fine evening was had by all. Thanks for sharing your home again with us and we look forward to the next time we can get together.
Sunday -- a return to Dovedale
We did our first Peak District walk there in rainy June 2011 (link). I later returned with the kids to walk the adjacent Thorpe Cloud in Sept 2011 (link) so it had been awhile.
A few well manicured lawns here in Ilam as well. Very picturesque.
Ah, sheep early on. It's going to be a good day.
More sheep -- they were looking at the others walking ahead rather than at me. Kuk's been interested enough that she purchased a small sheep book to learn the different varieties. She's not been interested enough to leave it in the car so she can actually bring it on the walks though.
bonus -- Highland (hairy) Cow
and a second one
I had forgotten how woodsy this walk was. See anyone? Nope. We did see one other couple during this stretch but the masses just walk up/down the river. It's nice to have a part of the walk to ourselves.
our usual bridge shot before joining the main path along the river
a little closer to see the fam
quite a few of the coin-embedded tree trunks along the way -- Alex had to check them all out
required photo #2 at Lover's Leap
check out this one from Sept 2011 (and Alex's freshly broken arm -- what a slave driver I was/am)
and our first walk in June 2011 (we have much better gear now)
approaching the masses near Thorpe Cloud and the Dovedale stones
required photo #3: we had to queue to cross (the folks on the other side were getting a little agitated actually)
wasn't the case in drizzly Sept 2011
or rainy June 2011
I didn't mind the repeat walk at all (it had been 2 years after all) and sometimes it's nice not to have to plan. We had a good time.
Have a great week everyone -- thanks for reading.