Blogs from Matlock, Derbyshire, England, United Kingdom, Europe


Europe » United Kingdom » England » Derbyshire » Matlock March 5th 2018

Where in the world are we? Why am I thinking about a café run by an old man named Sam? Where is the lovely Gabby? What is the restoration café? In answer to the first question we are just up the road. A few miles from home in the town of Matlock Bath. We have been to Matlock many times but for some reason we have never ventured just up the road to Matlock Bath. It's a lovely day. The sun is shining although there is still a chill in the air. We are two twelfths of the way through 2018. Into the third month of the year. The metereologists have told us that we have reached meterological Spring. Spring proper does not arrive in my mind until we reach the middle of this month. Around ... read more
Matlock Bath war memorial
The Jubilee Bridge
Modern spa sculpture

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Derbyshire » Matlock October 31st 2016

Autumn. One by one the petals drop There's nothing that can make them stop. You cannot beg a rose to stay. Why does it have to be that way? The words of a poem that sums up Autumn. One by one the leaves have been turning to burnished gold, plum and crimson, buttermilk to bronze. Then they fall like confetti or snow falling onto the pavements . Crisp and crinkling under foot they invite a toe to poke through them. A foot to kick them and for a hand to scrabble to find a conker or acorn hidden deep within them. The mists roll in and set the scene. The spiders weave their silken threads from the last die hard fuschia to the branches of the Cotoneaster covered in bright red berries . The berries invite ... read more
Ding Dong Ding Dong Time for work
The bobbins
The Jaquard machine card

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Derbyshire » Matlock June 27th 2016

Well what a momentous week! The best result you could wish for. An unexpected one at that. Life will never be the same again. A country rose up loud and proud . The Dragon roared . Victorious that's what we are. No not the referendum and Brexit . Wales coming top of the group in Euro 2016 . Finishing above England with a win over Slovakia, a thrashing of Russia and a woeful sad last minute robbing by England. To top it all we are now through to the last 8. Unexpected - yes - with a population so small we don't have the players . The players we have play in lower divisions of the English League with the exception of a handful of Premiership players and one rather special one - Gareth Bale. Despite ... read more
A good old BR diesel train
another snub nosed diesel
Our little trains pedigree

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Derbyshire » Matlock June 15th 2014

We have been home now for the past two weeks. Where has the time disappeared to? When you are younger a year lasts forever, a month feels like a year, a week like a month, a day like a week . But as you get older it seems to disappear quickly into a black hole and you wonder where it went to. Suzy gets her windscreen makeover tomorrow but that's another day. She still needs cleaning and it is a job that will need to be done sooner rather then later. But then there is today................ Today we take you down Electric Avenue. There you go - I got the song in. Eddie Grant - go on sing along . We did as we walked down the street. Quietly of course. It is one of those ... read more
All aboard the tram
we going rock you down Electric Avenue
We didnt risk the fine

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Derbyshire » Matlock June 24th 2012

Sunday 24th June 7am Summer rain in the time-borrowed garden. Everything is drenched, rain heavy, dripping - the air, the hedgerows, grass, foxgloves, roofs and pathways are all rain covered. The rain rebounds off the old pigsty roof, dancing up and down. It sings a song around me. The rain-showers become a chorus repeating back and forth in between the verses of quiet. It is 7am and I am in garden of an old house in the Arkwright village of Cromford. It is void of human interaction, no cars, no neighbours, everyone is sleeping inside and I can clearly hear the patterns of the shifting rain. Above the valley, the mist is rising and the clouds sink down. I can just make out the horizon. The gardens overlap, divided by old dry-stone walls, obsolete pig stys, ... read more
moss covered

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Derbyshire » Matlock August 27th 2010

Again, on the recommendation of the Lonely Planet, we spent a few days exploring the English Peak District and were not disappointed. Really just wanted to post a few photos of the area around Matlock, a stone circle we found with a surround mound, and the curious land-locked 'seaside' town of Matlock Bath where we stopped looking for a bakery and only found a thousand fish and chip shops.... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Derbyshire » Matlock May 6th 2010

Home last weekend to see my parents, a friend and to purposely walk through the bluebell woods in my memory. In the morning, my mother and I picked the flowers from her garden, chose the route and set off for the grave of my grandparents, across the fields, through the wood gathering past and present. On the way, I stopped at the old house of my granddad and looked over the fence knowing that the uncle I had not seen for 30 years now lived in it. My uncle came out and shouted to me whilst my mother was picking grape hyacinths on the bank, just out of his view. “ hello love, can I help you? Are you looking at the garden?” and I said, “no, I’m just looking”. (at the smallness of it all) ... read more
fish  eye and me
mother waiting

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Derbyshire » Matlock July 14th 2009

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Derbyshire » Matlock June 4th 2008

As most of you know I, along with my Dad, am about to embark on my next holiday adventure. This time my travels are taking me back to South America to visit Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. I shall be away for 22 days flying into Quito, capital city of Ecuador (and the second highest city in the world) via Madrid. The highlights of the trip will include Quito, Otavalo and Saquisili, the volanic peaks of Cotopaxi, Chimborazo and Tungurahua, the Amazon Jungle, Devils Nose railway and of course 7 nights sailing and visiting some of the Galapagos Islands. We will be travelling via plane, coach, motorised canoe, train and motor cruiser staying in hotels, jungle camp, hosteria and boat! Hopefully, I will be able to update my blog as we go along if internet access ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Derbyshire » Matlock January 12th 2008

Ok so myself and Splatharine are heading off to San Francisco on wednesday (16/01/08) so how prepared are we? Well.......between us we have bags, clothes, shoes, cameras, mp3 players, coats, cool hats (me obviously), first aid kit, flash light, mascots (thanks to kyrp, fran, juliarrr and lorna - Percy - and my work - bear) We know where we're staying for most of the time we're in the USA and will be travelling by amtrak through California, Oregon and up to Seattle then down and across to the grand canyon and back to LA where we will be celebrating being the only people in the city who havn't had plastic surgery! I think I'm prepared for America as I have spent so much time there but its a new area to me (appart from the grand ... read more
Percy and Bear

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