A Throw of the Dice: Five go to Derbyshire

A Throw of the Dice: Five go to Derbyshire

A throw of the dice, metaphorically, was what brought us to Earl Sterndale, deep in the Peak District. A few days with friends, what could be nicer? The dice were part of exhibits in the museum room at Haddon Hall – found behind the panelling in 1909. Haddon is...
Winter Break

Winter Break

Off to somewhere warm and exotic? No, not at all.  Lovely North Wales and Conwy in particular. A castle, a walled town and views over the water from the chaise long in the bedroom while sipping a glass of something…  And only four hours away.  We couldn’t...
Autumn Leaves

Autumn Leaves

Autumn has been gentle this year.  The acer hung on to its leaves for a long time until over a couple of days they all came down and covered this part of the garden like snow – in that you can’t tell path from flower bed.  The aspen then added its...
All Sculptures Great and Small

All Sculptures Great and Small

A couple of big heads at Doddington Hall – and I’m not talking about us or our visitors…  Just a couple of the two hundred or so exhibits in the gardens and outbuildings that make up the Sculpture Exhibition. The photo shows the more formal area; out...
North and South

North and South

July has been enriched and enlivened by a visit from our Californian friend Jack, last seen in Borneo, but now with Sylv in the gardens of Burton Agnes, Yorkshire – somewhere most visitors get to see as it’s one of the loveliest examples of a historic...
Ushaw Carvings

Ushaw Carvings

Sylv and Beena sharing a log-bench with a carved otter in the grounds of Ushaw College, near Durham. The artist has also created a fox, a snake or serpent (it’s big) and a wonderfully lifelike badger – though I have yet to discover the name of the artist....

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