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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Derbyshire » Chesterfield February 5th 2019

Hello Blog. It has been a long time. I have not forgotten you. It is just time is flying by and I feel I have done nothing. No trips out since our walk around Linacre Lakes. The weather has been particularly springlike so why are we not on the road? Christmas disappeared in a haze best forgotten. The advertisements began to tell me I should buy in the New Year sales . The holiday companies started to bombard me with offers I could not refuse. Still we sat here without a house to move to and without our sale going through. Each phone call suggested that things were fine and were moving along . Our buyers buyers had for some reason asked three questions which required answers. No problem that would be sorted out quickly and ... read more
Tombstones in the graveyard
Another view of the church
How many of these war memorials are there around every town

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Derbyshire » Chesterfield December 31st 2018

. Dear Blog - this is catching. This writing to a blog. 2018 has just started to slip into my memory . I wonder what 2019 will bring in terms of that wonderful thing travel. New years resolutions are just there lurking - eat less , eat better food , be more diligent in the approach to fitness, swim more, walk more, be nice to my neighbours and my friends , Work hard and play hard. Of course by tomorrow I will be still stuffing my face, eating all the wrong things and will have forgotten what I planned to do. Such are resolutions. Easy to write about . Much harder to keep to. I guess we all start with good intentions and fail miserably after a few weeks ............ a few days ...........a few hours. ... read more
the middle reservoir from the top of the dam
The Lower reservoir
Yes there was cod, chips and mushy peas there a few minutes ago

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Derbyshire » Chesterfield December 7th 2018

It's getting to feel a lot like Christmas - everywhere you go. That song is going round and round my head. Everywhere I look there are decorations sprouting up in gardens and all over houses. I see Christmas Trees inside all lit up like Blackpool Illuminations. I feel fed up being bombarded with adverts still trying to sell me furniture which will be delivered by Christmas or supermarkets trying to sell me the juiciest turkey or the best Christmas pudding. I don't feel very Christmassy and wish it was all over. Bah humbug and Scrooge come to mind. Christmas starts too early. I don't want to hear that I need to buy the best vegetables from the best supermarket when it it is still November. My mind is full of other things like the final readings ... read more
The paper village
A paper version of Hardwick Hall
Sion and the garlands

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Derbyshire » Chesterfield November 18th 2018

There are so many great books in the world . Works of fiction and non fiction. The great religious weighty tomes. The Norwegian sagas and the old welsh historical books of legend . The Mabinogian and the works of modern writers. Who wouldn't want to read the story of Noah and his ark ending up on Mount Ararat and not want to stand on the spot? Who wouldn't want to go to Ephesus and stand in the footsteps of St Paul? The great literature and religious books take us to a world that I would want to visit . The religious works tell us how to live our lives. Not to steal, not to kill , not to covet the property or goods of someone else, not to lie and not to deceive . They all ... read more
The tommies and the nurse outside the town hall th
The Town Hall cascade
My sentiments

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Derbyshire » Chesterfield October 31st 2018

Since 2014 there have been plans to commemorate the start and end of the First World War. Early in 2014 the ceramic poppies were displayed at the Tower of London , Since then they have been moved around the country from venue to venue . From Hereford to Kirkwall, from Stoke on Trent to Derby and beyond. Now they have been dismantled and have ended at their final resting place. They produced a germ of an idea for other people who wanted to emulate the idea in their own towns and cities . Those towns and cities who were not able to host the ceramic poppies found their own way of commemorating the end of hostilities. The germ of the idea was born and grew and was taken on board fully by an appreciative public. Townswomens ... read more
part of a wreath display marking 100 years since ceasation of the fighting
Poppy cascade
The market hall

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Derbyshire » Chesterfield September 20th 2018

The butterflies in our stomachs are growing larger by the minute as we creep ever closer to our Iberian adventure. Gabby has been for her weigh in. We had added an extra solar panel to her roof, an extra gas bottle and offset this weight by adding a built in bbq, removing an electric hob, many of the tools out of the tool box. We aslo removed the second cutlery set and the large plates we have never used. We set off to get her weighed and she passed with flying colours. We are good to go and not overweight which is a problem many motorhomers fear. All that remains is to fill her with foot and clothing. Our househunting has stalled. Our photos have been taken and our details uploaded onto the internet. We got ... read more
tied up for the day
Never found out what this date was all about

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Derbyshire » Chesterfield August 22nd 2018

Today we returned to Derbyshire to see the extravagant interior of Hardwick Hall. When we visited the estate on the first Tuesday that we were here we were intent on visiting Hardwick Old Hall as listed in our English Heritage brochure for the Peak District & Beyond. We arrived unaware that there is also a ‘new’ hall on the estate that is operated by the National Trust and only open between Wednesday to Sunday. Of course that meant that a fortnight ago we were only able to see the exterior of the old and new halls and explore the gardens adjacent to the new hall. On our return today our NT membership saved us the £4.00 parking charge and £13.95 each on admission to the new hall. We started our visit listening to an introductory talk ... read more
Hardwick Hall
Hardwick Hall
Hall Fireplace

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Derbyshire » Chesterfield July 11th 2018

The words of the song June is busting out all over come to mind this morning. From the arctic cold winter we now find ourselves sweltering in a heat wave the like of which we have not seen since the summer of 1976. The green lawns we are so proud of look like pale yellow straw fields. Flowers don't survive long in the heat of the day. We find it difficult to find shade in a hot muggy British summer. I am taken back to 1976, of trying to find shelter in local supermarkets around the New Forest. Putting hands and arms into cold freezers. Standing in the cold dairy aisles. Paddling in the sea in the pretty seaside town of Salcombe in Devon. The longest day has passed us by bringing thoughts of Autumn approaching ... read more
a modern interpretation of a madonna and child
a cascade of knitted poppies
Norman font

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Derbyshire » Chesterfield April 13th 2018

What a lovely sentiment. Between our two lives there is also the life of the cherry blossom. Written by Basho it sounds such a thought provoking few words. As a child I loved to see my mum coming home arms full of branches of pink and white frothy cherry blossom. She put them in vases . Dad hated the smell of them. He hated the petals that fell on the floor. I loved them. They heralded Spring. They were delicate, pretty and so short lived. A haze of colour which lasted less than two weeks and then they were gone for another year. I loved the pictures of them flowering in Japan and vowed that one day I would see them in their natural glory. It has not happened yet but it will. The sentiments made ... read more
St Barts
war memorial
The council offices

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Derbyshire » Chesterfield April 6th 2018

Most mornings I rip the thought for the day off my calendar. The thoughts come from Chinese and Japanese writings, from Hindu texts, Buddhist ideas but overaching the themes always make me think, make me smile and sometimes I fail to understand what they say and why they say it. Today I had nothing exciting to read and the only things that came into my mind were songs. The earworms were about and I found myself thinking "What a difference a day makes - 24 little hours" or " Here comes the rain again " Yesterday snow, today warm and Springlike. Today heavy rain. Over the last week or so I have walked to work through all sorts of weathers. The skies have been blue without a sign of a cloud. Just vapour trails from planes ... read more
The modern window
The war memorial
Saxon tower




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