The best laid plans.

Did you do anything special for Valentines Day?  On February 14th It was a year since we moved to the Peak District.  A rather special Valentines Day meal was booked in advance by the Lord of the Manor, a dress was bought, and we were looking forward to a lovely evening out to celebrate the…

Its raining conkers!

Are you feeling autumnal yet?  Have you smelt that wonderful smell that tells you that Autumn is on its way, as the weather starts to change and the leaves begin to fall.  I sometimes wonder if it's just me, or do other people  'smell'  the arrival of this wonderfully colourful season. In autumn last year…

Peak District nighttime production

I hope the feeling of anticipation I have as I climb the stairs to our cottage loft room at night is one I will never loose.  It's not as you may have thought the 'anticipation of passion', although the Lord of the Manor has just had a restyle with a hint of  'George Clooney' about…

Chickens at the windows

I have always enjoyed keeping a couple of hens, they make even a small garden a much more interesting place, and these two girls, (originally three until Mr. Fox did his worst) have kept me very amused and entertained over the last few years.   Now, having been brought up in a small city garden,…

Three weeks in the Peaks.

Driving up a steep hill which takes me away from the city and towns after a short family break, I am brought face to face with the raw reality of country living.  A large bird swoops down in front of me as it skillfully catches its prey, then with its mission successfully accomplished flys off…