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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Derbyshire » Chesterfield April 1st 2020

Day 12 - Lockdown still continues . I broke it this morning . I made the decision to do the shopping first , come home , have a coffee and cake and then set out for the morning walk. It was good to be back in the car even if the drive was only 3 miles down the road. What happened next though was not what I expected . The supermarket looked fairly empty. As I walked across I realised that it was closed . The shutters were down. I could see the staff inside and caught their eye. "What time do you open?" 8am. As it was 6.45 I had two choices. Go home have the coffee and try again later or go for my walk now. In the end it was home and cake ... read more
a cold spring dawn

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Derbyshire » Chesterfield March 31st 2020

Day 11 - Although I love walking I am increasingly finding it harder to find somewhere new to walk. The same old routes. I pound the same old streets . I look at the same old houses. I try to find ways to make the walk interesting. I look into peoples gardens to see what is growing. I look at the houses . Many pre- 1950 are interesting. Built with love and a care to attention. They are individual, in larger than life plots and in keeping with the area. The 1970's semi detached . All looking the same. The same brick . The same design set in smaller gardens . We had one . Our first house. We were grateful for it . No tarmacced drive in those days . We were lucky to get ... read more
Slowly rusting away
Gate and Ivy - a combination that goes together well

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Derbyshire » Chesterfield March 30th 2020

It's that time of the day again. Blog time . Time to catch up on another 24 hours of similar news. In the same place , sitting in the same chair perhaps we think we ought to sleep in Gabby tonight. I have lost a sock in the washing. That is the excitement for the day. It will turn up. Probably stuck in between the bedding in Gabby. How I long to write a different heading . No longer Derbyshire and Chesterfield but somewhere else . Somewhere where I can see and hear the sea. To smell its distinct smell . To walk around a garden and smell the flowers. To get in Gabby and set off somewhere.Anywhere . Dont mind a bit of travelling . It feels though a long time before we will get ... read more
A leaf from an Arum - wild and soon will have flowers - a sure sign of spring
Sometimes looking down you see something interesting

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Derbyshire » Chesterfield March 29th 2020

Day 9 of lockdown. I think it is Day 9 but then again it could be any day. The days are drifting by. The household jobs are being done and ticked off one by one. Scones were made. The music listened to was Queen . The wonderful Freddie Mercury entertained me whilst I cooked . The daily walk takes place . Being a Sunday it is quiet. A few cars passed by as I walked . An ambulance roared past me. I wondered where he was going. All this walking may be good for the weight but it plays havoc on the ankles . The weather too was cold . It even began to snow. So much for British Summer Time . An extra hour in bed or an extra hour sitting on the couch. A ... read more
Beautiful aubretia climbing over the garden wall

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Derbyshire » Chesterfield March 27th 2020

Gabby the motorhome is more home than away. She is parked up chomping at the bit waiting to get away. We are about 30 days away from our cancelled Scandanavian oddysey. So the countdown has changed now to months rather than weeks as we hope to get away early September. I doubt it will be the far north this year . Looks like Autumn in the Ploppy Knees as Sion calls that area of Greece known as the Pelopenese . Motorhomers in their droves are putting their vehicles on SORN - off road until the lockdown ends . They then get a refund on their excise duty . We have not done it and probably will not do it . The government is probably going to need that revenue after this crisis is over. The days ... read more
An interesting tombstone

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Derbyshire » Chesterfield March 26th 2020

It is Tuesday - isnt it ? Or is it Wednesday? I find not going to work for two days a week has sent me into that area of not knowing what day of the week it is. When did we start social distancing ? Was it last week or the week before ? When did lockdown happen? Well it certainly takes some working out. I walked along the main road one way on Sunday. I walked the reverse trip on Monday so it must be Tuesday . No the postbox down the road says the collection is on Wednesday. I wonder when the collections will stop every day. We probably will see alternate days post deliveries within a week . Can you remember the post in the 50's and early 60's? Thinking about alternate days ... read more
Yes the sky was that blue
Lesser Celandines - a sure sign on Spring


Keep Smiling! Mike Fossey aka ‘Keep Smiling’ - The end of the trail It saddens me to bring news of my young brother’s departure from this life following a very brief illness. Mike has been with Travelblog for more years than I care to remember, telling tales of his travel adventures and sharing colourful blogs from his beloved India, where he made so many dear friends he always considered family. Mike was nine years younger than me, born in our small house in Wembley shortly before the end of WW11. It was only in later years that we became close friends as maturity and family events brought our paths together. A grammar school boy, he went on to become Managing Director of a major Travel company in London. It was there that his great passion for ... read more
With a rather special friend
Chatting with mourners in the desert
Sharing photos with children

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Derbyshire » Chesterfield March 24th 2020

By my bedside I have a calendar. I tear off one day at a time. The topics they cover are all eastern in flavour. Some days I get a proverb which may be Korean , Chinese or Indian. Another day it will be some deep Buddhist philosophy. It may be the sayings of Gandhi or some Hindu seer . What seems noticeable at the moment is that each seems prophetic. As if someone already knew that we would be in the midst of a crisis that is world wide and knows no boundary. They are sometimes thought provoking, sometimes too complicated to understand but most of the time there is a message in them . I look forward to each morning ripping off another day to see what the thought is . How about this one ... read more
This mornings walk

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Derbyshire » Chesterfield March 24th 2020

OK thought for today - or thoughts - if you want a lot of hits on your blog include in the title a few words like naughty , nudity and Wuhan. Boy will you see the numbers reading the blog go up. I often smile when I look back at my naughty women in Pavia and my blog on Port Grimaud where I mentioned topless ladies . The hits are massive compared to a normal blog on a tiny village in France or sitting by the sea in Croatia. I am not sure whether I should feel sad or smile when I think of the readers being utterly annoyed when they actually get into the content only to realise it was not what they thought it was. I guess Wuhan had the same effect as I ... read more
I was on a mission to find all the memorials to the world wars around our small island - another one on the village hall wall

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Derbyshire » Chesterfield March 22nd 2020

The worlds gone mad. That's what it feels like. Gabby is sitting outside on the drive doing nothing. The planned weeks holiday has been cancelled . Wind back a few weeks. A few weeks ago we were walking around a Japanese Garden supposedly full of Hellebores - Christmas Roses to you and me. It was not the best of Japanese gardens nor were the Hellebores magnificent but at least we got out and about. Looking back it was good to be out and about in the fresh air. The storms had passed, The nights were starting to draw out and Spring felt just around the corner. The trees were starting to be tinged with green and the birds were nest building . We were going to a snowdrop garden . Never made it . We had ... read more
When you cannot be in Venice then this is the next best thing
Sculpture of flying ducks near to Sheffield




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