Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Hello. Just popping in.

Hello. I've walked 11 miles today, not many, but there was a lot of ups and downs, a lot of slow trudging uphill through rough rugged tracks strewn with rocks. I have taken a lot of photo's which takes time to sort out, so I am calling it a day and I'm off to bed. I'll finish the trip report when I get back tomorrow. Good night.

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Bimbling around Cromford

Hello. Welcome to foggy Cromford. I did a six mile walk today and couldn't see any nice views, just skeletal trees looming in the damp mist. There was a couple of high spots which would have been lovely if it was a clear day. 
The Willersley Hall Hotel is right next to Cromford Mills, which was Richard Arkwrights first Mill complex. It is now a Unesco World Heritage site. Click on the link for the web site to tell you more. There are cafe's, retail shops, arts and crafts, vintage, flowers and plants, antiques, and conference facilities. 

I spotted this display outside the Antique and Vintage shop. Glassware items which have been glued together and stuck on the end of a metal rod to put into the ground among the plants. Easy to make if you have a hot glue gun. 

Time to have a walk along the canal. This is the Derwent Valley Heritage Way. 

This is where I came off the canal and took a path to Holloway. It was time to start making my way back. 
It was a particularly steep climb up to Long lane and when I was passing Lea Gardens I spotted this war memorial in the woods.

I was now mindful of the time, as well as the fog it wouldn't be long before it started getting dark. Some of the footpaths were rocky and covered in tree roots, also some steep ascents and descents. At one point the path came to a dead end, but then I saw a gap in the wall to my left as the only way to go. I was expecting to go straight forward but this was taking me left, through a wood with a steep bank. I was glad to find another gap in the wall into a field.

I heard a train, that was a good sign as I was heading for Cromford Station. At last I came out on a road, it wasn't far back to the hotel. I arrived at 4.20pm. Boy was it lovely and warm when I walked in the door.

I have a very nice room on the second floor, dinner was served at 6.30pm and I had a lovely vegetarian meal, with fresh broccoli, salad and potatoes.

The clock is chiming 11.00pm so I'm off back to my room. Wifi is only available in the lounge, and I have to turn the light out when I leave. I think the staff have gone to bed, ha ha.

Catch you soon. Toodle pip.

Monday, 5 December 2016

A clue

Hello. A picture quiz tonight.  

We'll catch up soon. Toodle pip

Sunday, 4 December 2016

All the fun of the Village Christmas Fair

Hello. I can breath again today after two busy days. The Christmas Fair was a great success for the village  residents, and visitors from neighbouring villages. A very good turn out all round, the place was packed. The children did their singing and dancing on the stage and all the proud mums and dads looked on. Santa was there of course, and there were lots of stalls selling Christmassy things, nice things to eat, and tombolas to win things. 
Our Chat and Craft stall had a good selection of hand made items to show, and some to sell. Only four shopping bags sold, I tried my best with a lot of humour, to get people to buy one. Those left over will be given away. I have a talk in January to do, so some will be donated there as raffle prizes. 
The two patchwork bags sold, and a few of the felt hearts and stars. I was able to make a £15 donation to our cat rescue. For me it wasn't all about selling, it was about the community coming together, it was great to see so many people, and chat with them. I think I have lost my title of, 'the bag lady', I am now known as, 'the shed lady', ha ha.  
I took the photo's before the official opening time, to show some of the colourful stalls. The Cat Rescue stall was opposite me this time. looks full and ready to go.

Today is sunny, I've got a line of washing out, and I will potter around the house and garden. I don't need to do my regular walk as I've got some walking in Derbyshire coming up soon.

Enjoy your Sunday. We'll catch up soon.
Toodle pip