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Published: September 5th 2019
Heading home to Derbyshire today from London, but had to stob to take a photo of the Raks News and Religious Goods Shop! We passed it each day on the bus and it was just down the street from a Catholic church. We thought it was such an interesting combination of everything, it it also sold lottery tickets and was an off-licence, so it had everything covered. Sadly it was closed when we stopped as I would have loved to have popped in.
Good trip back considering it was a long weekend. Went to see Janet's mum and dad, Bob and June to pick up the dogs (Twix and Poppy - cocker spaniels). They live in an amazing old house in Bakewell with a beautiful garden. It was lovely to see them again and they welcomed me like family.
We went to a BBQ at a scouting friend of Jim's tonight about 2 miles up a very steep hill behind Rowsley. We decided to pushbike up so we could have a couple of drinks. Well, we rode a wee bit of the way until we encountered the hill and then we pushed the bikes, hill - ha ha -
The shop with everything
+ alcohol + lottery tickets + newspapers
more like a mountain when you are pushing a bike up it in 28C England heat! A cold wine was very welcome at the top. Had a fabulous night, made very welcome and we all drank a bit too much, which made riding back down the hill - now it really felt like a mountain - an interesting experience, to say the least. Thank God I hadn't partaken in the after drinking whiskey as Jim had. Janet led us down singing and talking all the way so we wouldn't lose her. I was concentrating so much on staying upright as it had been many a year since I had even been on a bike. I felt like I was riding straight but I'm sure if there was a tracker on me it would tell a different story. Jim was behind me and we kept losing his light, so I'd yell to Janet, and we'd stop and wait for him to catch up, and off we would set again. We found out the next day he kept running into the hedges so he'd have to stop and get back into the middle of the road (road is exaggerating it a bit,
small track that if you met a car coming up as you were driving down there would be trouble I think) and he'd set off again until the next hedge would jump out at him.Needless to say we were all a bit slow the next morning and were thankful for a sleep in.
Sunday was another warm day so we had a nice relax and had a lovely afternoon tea with Jim's mum, Ann, catching up on the last few years. Early night.
Monday was Bank Holiday (public Holiday as we know it) and Bakewell have a market each Monday and an even bigger one on a public holiday. The bonus of Bob and June living in the centre of Bakewell is we can park there and walk easily to everywhere. We went for a wander about the markets and the town. Then home for a restful afternoon and a BBQ dinner to enjoy the warm weather.
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