Saturday, 18 April 2015

Eyam Walk

Our walking group walk today was just simply stunning.
We assembled near the museum in the plague village of Eyam in Derbyshire - a very pretty little village with a lot of history.


 We only had time for a brief look around the village whilst waiting for other members to assemble.  Eyam Hall is now in the hands of the National Trust.  I haven't visited since they took over so I must pop back.  I did notice a sad decline in the number of independent tea rooms in the village though - I suppose that is the effect of the National Trust Cafe.
 The weather was perfect for the whole of our walk.  Blue skies, a nice breeze - perfect.
 I remember being told the story of the village and how they kept the plague contained here when I was at junior school and the story has always stuck with me.  All of the house affected still list the occupants on little plaques - so very moving.


 Our walk took us across fields and on green lanes.

 There are so many pretty villages around these parts.
 And stunning scenery.

 The Three Stags Heads pub is one to visit.  I think it has never changed since it first opened. It is 300 years old and a real amazing little place.  We called in for a swift half and a Pork Pie with Pickles.

 I took about a million photo's of lambs, but this was my favourite.  Don't they look cosy!


 Most of the walk was flat but we did have one very steep climb.
 This did however lead us to the most stunning views.

 I couldn't resist snapping this lonesome cloud.
 ....  and the patchwork fields...



I think we did about 8.5 miles today and I found it fairly easy going.  I may not be getting any thinner with all this walking (although Pork Pies don't help!!) but I feel as if I am getting much fitter.

It was about as perfect a walk as you could get and one I shall be repeating I am sure.

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Clumber Park

Come take a walk with me around the lake at Clumber Park.  Breath deeply and fill your lungs with fresh air and fill your mind with fabulous images of a Spring well sprung.





















Days like these feed my soul.

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Liverpool

We took a short break over the weekend and had an overnight stay in Liverpool.  Liverpool is a great example of a city that has faced it's changing fortunes throughout the ages.  Evidence of it's extreme past wealth can be seen - its grand buildings even grander than most other northerm cities and towns.


 The Liverpool Port Authority building rivals any building in London.
 And the Liver Building, one of the "Three Graces" that stand on the Pier Head has clocks that are larger than Big Ben's.
 Our hotel was in the restored Albert Dock, one of the many of the huge docks complex that lined the river front in the city for many years.  Many of the other docks have been filled in and the large warehouses pulled down now, but the Albert Dock has been restored and has many uses now.



 The hotel was handy for the many museums and places of interest along the river front (the River Mersey).  I love this statue of a family waiting to emigrate to America.  The city saw many families leave from here for a chance of a better life, but it also saw many immigrants arrive from the Carribean and China and also from just across the sea in Ireland.
 The newish museum of the city history on the river front told us lots of stories about the occupants over the years.
 The middle building is the Cunard building.

 Liverpool was only made a city in 1880 and so the Cathedral is relatively modern, and the interior took us completely by surprise.

 I loved the modern stained glass windows celebrating the ordinary working people of the city.
 And this modern window of Jesus was striking.




 The interior is vast - we didn't expect it to feel so huge.

I loved our brief visit to this northern city that is often out on a limb.  It has reinvented itself as a very busy tourist destination now and I'm glad to see it bustling and alive once more.