Apologies for the lack of up to date blog but we have been very busy - all good !
Thank you to all of our guests these last weeks with many from overseas. On the whole the weather has been very kind and mild.
A special weekend was 2 or 3 weeks ago when guests booked a ' Vintage Adventure Tour with Steven and his model A Ford. To be honest, that morning the weather wasn t at its best, but Steven was wonderful and worked with the improving forecast ( which was accurate -yay ! ) and delayed an hour or so. He arrived at the door resplendent great attire - red waistcoat and knee high socks, a cap and a big smile and a happy heart!! Pauline, James and Rose jumped aboard and off they went.
I went to buy eggs for breakfast from Mawstone Farm which is a 5 minute drive and parked just below on the roadside just off the map on the right hand margin . The dog and I crossed the lane into the field and followed the public footpath which in a few minutes drops through a small woodland down to the river. The mist was clearing and the light lifting with the promise of later sunshine.
We chose to stay on the same side of the river heading up stream following the river and weirs - we saw several trout, ducks & birds. At the bend in the river, we crossed at the bridge and headed up the hill through the woods eventually arriving on the lane from Youlgrave to Middleton-by- Youlgrave). Turning left onto the lane, it was pleasureable stroll watching the young lambs skipping in the fields. The village is a very pretty hamlet with just a scattering of cottages, farms and Middleton Hall. Sadly there is no pub but there is Molly Moo's tea rooms just up from the square. From here we took the lane down to the left and took the right hand option footpath across the fields and dropping down to the river ( by now a stream ), & crossed over by the inscription -
' Consult the genius of the place in all that tells the waters to rise or fall'
We followed the trodden path across the fields and spotted the beautiful distant view of the church framed by the foreground trees . We exited onto the lane by the campsite at Hopping Farm. This walk could easily begin in Youlgrave and end at 1 of the 3 pubs available! or make a day of it and walk from here, Winster or Elton village .
Last week Steven from the Old Shoulder of Mutton called round in his Model A Ford vintage taxi - looking resplendent in the sunshine it was a day or two before Easter - what a beauty !! and just look at that smile !
What a great way to explore the hills and dales of the Peak District National Park while being chauffeured by Steven,
With a full weekend I turned my hand to a bit of cheerful baking !
On Monday morning Simon and I took the dog for a walk along Cromford Canal - we took bikes, parking opposite Cromford Mill ( the worlds 1st successful water-powered cotton spinning mill ), by Wheatcroft's Wharf, all part of World Heritage Site.
It was a gentle level cycle of 5-10 mins ( 20 mins walk) to the picnic tables at High Peak Junction, a former railway workshop built 1830.( Route up to Black Rock & high Peak Railway). We crossed the canal and continued passing the wharf buildings. We sat enjoying the early sunshine chatting with occassional early walkers, when I notices the soft reeds in the water - see photo - there is so often beauty where you least expect it
Last week we collected new chicks - 5 in total and all are doing well . Gnasher trembles with excitement when he sees them so will graduallyhave to get him used to them!
See how they have grown - over a week
This has nothing to do with our B&B however i want to share it as - I was on the one spoiled rotten by my daughter
Breakfast was granary toast with seasoned avacado with cumin seeds and smoked salmon - just delicious!! and for supper, an amazing lamb curry followed by a mothering sunday cake complete with my miniature managerie of chicks and lambs ! I ve clearly got competition in the kitchen!
Thanks baby x
Happy new Year - we look forward to the 2016 season - this will be out 4th I think ?! or is it our 5th?
We are open as usual, and must first say thankyou to Dawn and Mick for Gnasher's stocking!! - what a treat for him and a lovely thought. Thank you also to all our guests last year and for any reviews posted on Trip Advisor - the more the merrier ! and the lovely cards and emails we received throughout the year sent to us mean a lot to us - thank you.
Our guests this last weekend woke up to a blanket of snow, - all roads were gritted and cleared and so
no problems getting around, just very pretty !
Enjoy the photo's
I hope to have an updated calendar of events coming soon
We have just released a couple of weeks of special pre christmas rates starting from next week - we are offering £10 discount per night. Our last pre xmas booking is 22nd December to depart on 23rd.
We will reopen on 28th. Chatsworth is open excl 1st jan until 3rd January when the house & gardens close until March. So if you have time off over Xmas /New Year- how better to enjoy it than fresh air, open spaces and relaxing in front of out log fire !
So December is upon us, its time to think of Christmas trees, mulled wine & mince pies - anything but christmas shopping !
We woke up to snow a week or two ago - just a light sprinkling and frost which was lovely. We chose to take gnasher walk from Edensor to Chatworth in the early morning and walked into the Christmas market as the stall holders were preparing for the weekend ahead. There is enjoyable walking behind Chatsworth and the wintertime for me, is when we enjoy it most , particularly on frosty December mornings. We like to walk up to towards the Hunting Lodge ( quick rest sat on a canon and enjoying the view. We follow the rear path towards the Emperor Lake following the Chatsworth side till arriving at the sluice gates. From here look the the trees towards the house direction and follow a pathway through the trees - bringing you to a main path cross over and you will see a waterfall dropping down to a viaduct/ canal carrying the water that feeds the impressive Emperor Fountain in Chatsworth Gardens. From here you can choose from a number of pathways back down the hillside through the trees, between rock formations etc , its lovely.
During December at weekends there are usually carol singers and a brass band in the Stables Courtyard and hearing them in the distance in the cold early morning air is lovely. You can finish off with a mulled wine and hot pork sandwich in the stables courtyard. A morning like this provokes more christmas spirit than any amount of christmas shopping !
See the photos of what you can enjoy
Last weekend with our lovely kiwi nephew Ben, we visited Chatsworth House and enjoyed the warm sunshine and scupltures on display.
We know autumn is here when the Sothebys exhibiton opens and its always with delight that we visit and choose our favourites! For Ben it was his first visit to Chatsworth and the Peak District and it was great to share his experience.
The exhibition offers a great opportunity to visit the scupltures at no additional cost as well as sometimes explore parts of the garden that some visitors may otherwise miss. I ve included a small snap shot of the wild flower beds that line a walkway between the rose gardens and the shop and outdoor cafe as they sway in the breeze, they make a great contrast from the static dramatic sculptures including the Henry Moore piece above.
Above left id the gorilla viewing his reflection - where's Ben ??