Sunday, 2 January 2011

Happy New Year....

...after another fairly busy week.

Monday - My son and his wife went back to Holland - another 15 hour drive after delays and broken down trains at the Channel Tunnel!

Tuesday - Quick trip to Meadowhall Retail Park. One of the Duchess' Christmas gifts was some vouchers to be spent at Hobbycraft. The area around Meadowhall Shopping Centre was pretty busy so we didn't stay long.

Wednesday - Short drive to Redmires reservoir where we found mist, then fog - a spooky atmosphere. Then on to Fox House where the mist was closing in as the sun went down. Here's a few pictures which (I hope) give a feel for the conditions:

Thursday - another trip out - first of all to Porter Clough - on the edge of the Peak Park - to release a captured squirrel (we're stil trying to rid the garden of the little beggars - 3 or 4 caught and released in the last month or so!) I took some pictures of the fog which was sitting over the city - here's some examples:

Then on to Hathersage for a bacon sandwich at the Swimming Pool Cafe - I've said it before but it's worth repeating - highly recommended! Drove on through Chatsworth Park and down  the A6 to Matlock where we wandered around the town for a couple of hours. The Duchess' leg is getting stronger all the time and this was a good "work-out" for her - she came through with flying colours!! 

Friday - supermarket run in the morning then we spent the evening at the home of my son's best mate. We've known Darren since he was a child and since he lost both his mum  and dad in the space of about 12 months, some years ago - we are pretty much his "surrogate" parents. A cracking lad (although at 39 this year, married with a 4-year old son - he's not a lad any more!). Saw in the New Year together and got home about 2:15 a.m. Saturday morning!

Saturday - slept in until about 9:30 a.m. then later on, picked up our mate Joe and went to see Belper Town v Sheffield FC . A poor game between two very average sides. Belper lost 2-3 with Sheffield scoring at the death to nick it. I took the camera but like the teams - who haven't played for 5 or 6 weeks because of the bad weather- I'm out of practice so I'm still trying to sort some half decent pics. As usual Snapper Harrison got the action - his album's here - (nice one again Tim!)

Sunday - played around with three days worth of photos - sausage sandwich for lunch - out to Ringinglow to release another trapped squirrel - back home via the garden centre where we stocked up on bird food for the several feeders we have around the garden.

And that's that - you're up-to-date. I can smell the pork joint cooking in the kitchen downstairs so I'll finish this for now and get ready to eat!

One more day off work before it's back to the madness on Tuesday - wish me luck!

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