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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Derbyshire » Bolsover October 31st 2015

Today is All Hallows Eve. Suzy is parked up still on the drive. We are still in the United Kingdom counting the time down to our next big adventure. We hope to get away for a few days this side of Christmas and the plan is to spend the darker nights inside now working out a plan of action for next years holidays. Dates are booked. I have managed to get 28 days off work in both April/May and in September. I had not expected to so it was a much needed boost on these dark Autumn days to realise that next years holidays are no longer just dreams in the back of our imaginations. But what to do today? The days are cold. The rain has been falling incessently over the last few days. The ... read more
Bolsover a perfect castle
The walled gardens

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Derbyshire » Sudbury August 28th 2015

The sun was shining. It was the first day this week we had the chance to get in the car and ride. We headed across country through some of the most pretty Derbyshire countryside. Anything to the west of the A61 is pretty . Through Matlock with its busy bustling High Street , Shoppers thronging the streets . Matlock Bath with its seaside atmosphere, its fish and chip shops and its signs inviting visitors to its Venetian nights . The town miles inland with just a small river running through hosts a month long celebration of its history. Illuminations abound and it is popular albeit not quite on a Blackpool scale . We drove ever onward through the hilly village of Cromford with its canal and its famous Arkwright Mills. Now a heritage site full of ... read more
The rear of Sudbury Hall
A politically incorrect book
what we used to collect as a child from jam pots

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Derbyshire » Derby August 16th 2015

In the age where a high end racing machine can comfortably exceed the price of a small car, Britain has come of age a a cycling nation. I remember sitting in a cafe in Ypres, Flanders, sometime in 1993 and we got talking to a guy who had stopped for his mid-morning break and a coffee. You don't really think cyclists are anything out of the ordinary in Belgium - it is flat, everybody rides a bike. However, this guy was different. He was Harry Lodge, British professional and a member of the Belgian based team, Collstrup - Assur Carpets racing team. Where have you come from this morning? Brussels. He was having a gentle, easy day of training. We had a British professional. I recall being surprised. Fast forward to 2012 and we had moved ... read more
Derby Velodrome
Shanaze Reed
Team GB

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Derbyshire » Chesterfield August 2nd 2015

Suzy has been pampered. She had a well deserved addition and modification last week. For some while we have pondered on whether it would be worth upgrading her suspension to give us a better ride, better handling in the wind and not so much rocking and rolling going round roundabouts. Having parted with the best part of £600 on the upgrade we hoped it would be better and not another white elephant . Ok Woolly Sion knows that mammoths are not white. He has told us so and we have to believe the sheep who knows everything. We took Suzy out for a short trip - a sort of road to nowhere type of trip to test her out. 20 miles down the road to Derby to pick up some building materials that would not fit ... read more
The railways have come
Industrial history
Memorial to the miners who died in a local coal pit disaster

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Derbyshire » South Wingfield July 3rd 2015

Where in the world is Suzy ? OK you guessed she is still parked up on the drive and going nowhere. That, however doesn't stop us getting on the road and doing something. Summer has arrived in Britain and the weather is sweltering. The last few days have been seriously hot. Hotter than the near continent. Last night the sky lit up as it does when the heat has accumulated. Outside the noise was like some Wagnerian opera. Lightening lit up the sky as if it were daylight. The booms went on for what seemed like hours. In fact, it lasted probably a much shorter time. The heat taken out of the night it seemed a tad fresher but that was not to last as by early morning the heat began to build up again in ... read more
Part of the romantic ruin
One of the many windows in the manor
The hunting tower

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Derbyshire » Ticknall June 25th 2015

On a lovely sunny morning we sat and wondered what to do today. Suzy was going nowhere today . She is waiting for a guy to come over in a couple of weeks to add some kind of air suspension to her. Supposedly she will handle better. Going round roundabouts won't result in a fairground ride and the gushes of wind that pull us along when we pass lorries should be a thing of the past. We have read that this improves the drives so time and £500 spent on her will tell. So what to do? The consensus was to go to to Calke Abbey which is around three quarters of an hour drive from home. Described by the National Trust who own it as an unstately home and country estate. We guessed a little ... read more
Inside one of the rooms
The walled gardens
The parkland

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Derbyshire » Derby December 25th 2014

I cant believe how quickly the time has passed and that in less than 4 weeks Tom and i will be setting off on the journey of a lifetime. Have had some really useful Christmas presents: rucksack/day sack, some Aussie dollars, microfibre towel, folding bowl, knife fork spoon set, merrell shoes, some bridgedale socks and zip off trousers. Our wonderful "Children" bought a keyboard for the ipad to make blogging easier. Its all starting to feel very real! We are all vaccinated and are stocking up on essential meds which will occupy a fair amount of rucksack space. I think packing is going to be the first challenge - I am never good at travelling light- but by far the biggest challenge will be saying goodbye to our children and the dogs. Thank heavens for Face ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Derbyshire » Castleton December 12th 2014

So in the immortal words of the group Slade - So here it is Merry Christmas , everyone having fun, ................we felt it was time to hit the road again . Suzy has been going stir crazy over the last few months. Just like us she wanted to be on the road again. We had being suffering cabin fever stuck inside. OK we have a new Camper stops book to peruse and our 2015 ACSI camping book has arrived but it is not the same sitting and reading at home in front of the Christmas tree rather than sitting and reading inside Suzy and being out and about. After her clean and polish it was time to think where to go. We had to do it . . Just a few days but surely there was ... read more
Castleton church
One of the pew ends

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Derbyshire » Beeley December 11th 2014

Winter has definately come overnight to this part of Derbyshire. A light dusting of snow has covered the ground and hedgerows. And there is that biting wind. Lead boots are needed to keep your feet grounded as it blows in from the Arctic. The sky is leaden, the clouds grey and overcast blanketing the county with that grey look of winter. We have months of this to look forward to and the chances are it will get colder. It is only the beginning of December a cold old month. January and February will probably be worse. It is the sort of day where you wake, put your nose out of the bed, sniff the air and go back to bed tucked under the duvet. A cup of hot steaming coffee to start the day before snuggling ... read more
The hall
The dining room decorated in the style of a Georgian Christmas
Carving on the furniture in the hall

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Derbyshire » Bolsover December 6th 2014

Suzy has been standing forlornly on the drive. It took me until last week to go up and make an effort to clean her after our last trip way back in September/October. Armed with bleach to clean the toilet with, polish to spruce up the shelving, plastic bags to collect rubbish and dusters to polish I set off with the plan to start at the back on the van and clean her ready for our next trip which will be a few days at the Caravan Club site at Castleton in the Peak District the week before Christmas. She felt cold and unused. The thermometre showed 10 degrees celsius which felt pretty damned cold as I opened up the first cupboard filled with books, puzzles and music. A layer of dust was lying on the books ... read more
Sutton Scarsdale
Sutton Scarsdale Hall
Scarsdale Hall

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