Monday, 29 July 2013

Peak District

While some people might have moved over the weekend, thanks to Tom's hard work during the week we went to the Peak District instead. 

Chatsworth is a stately palace which was inspiration for Austen's pride and prejudice apparently. The duke and duchess of Devonshire have a great collection of old and contemporary art that is even more striking than their geographically confusing name. 

Then we enjoyed the touristy but cute town on a river - bakewell. The traditional "pudding" rather than tart is very sweet. 
Castleton is a fabulous little village set in a valley with hills and gorges around to climb. I was excited to find some elder still in flower to make some fizz. 

Sunday, before a nice walk along the Wye valley near Monsal we walked around Buxton. It is a Georgian town built to rival Bath. The glass pavilion along the gardens/park near the opera house is quite spectacular. 
Aging grandeur. 
Generally a good place to enjoy rolling hills and views.

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Long sunny days

After work at the moment we can still go for a trip into the country. Blenheim rose garden was in full bloom. 
And we found JRR Tolkein's grave at Wolvercote on the way home. 

Cute watering can stand ...

Monday, 15 July 2013

The Seven Sisters walk - April

We enjoyed the springtime warmth and sun down in Sussex today and walked from Seaford to Eastborne along the famous white cliff tops and then along the old English style beachfront with Victorian pier. Great to get out and about after the winter.
We walked past light houses, pictures of figures made of white stones and the classic "white cliffs" of south-east England. It's a lovely walk and easily doable in a day with a bus to ride back to the start.

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

English Summer

The summer has finally arrived. The temps are in the twenties, there's pretty flowers in the gardens and everyone is outdoors. England continues to do well at sport and Oxford had its local carnival. A huge street party on Cowley road with the local community groups and primary schools making costumes and parading. 
The dichotomy of English weather and associated behavior change continues!

Also it's Max's birthday. Happy 16th!