Sunday, 4 July 2010

From Dorset to Wales to Derbyshire.

I've been a bit quiet on the blog front as we have been on holiday for two weeks, the first week in North Wales and the second in Derbyshire. Amazing weather for both weeks and we've come home feeling refreshed.
Our cottage for the first week was quite old and a little basic if I'm honest!
Okay, I'm kidding...this was the cottage we stayed in, it was 200 years old and had still got alot of original features in it. The half stable door, a built in box bed with wooden steps up to it which was very old,

and an old hand made kitchen with a slate workspace. It was a nice place and a nice position right up in the hills, but not as clean as it could have been and a not great bathroom. Rather strangely they had added a sauna to the cottage but the shower was rubbish so it was a bit useless really! I don't think they had saunas 400 years ago! However while D watched England get beaten and thrown out of the World Cup I reclined in the sauna with a good book!
We walked up the lane on the first evening and saw masses of bird life, 5 Cuckoo's together...I have never seen that before. Wheatears, Redstarts, Red Kite, Buzzards, Pied Wagtails, Grey Wagtails, Mistle Thrush and lots more.
Foxgloves everywhere, wonderful against the stone walls. and then the relaxing started....lots of walking, reading, sewing, sunbathing, drawing and no painting...I just didn't get around to it.


Teresa said...

Looks like an interesting place to go and I am glad you had a roof over your head.

Von said...

Nice look forward to seing Derbyshire next!

bellaboo said...

What a lovely break!We like to do one week in one place and then move on for the second week.Seems to make the holiday last longer somehow.Your cottage looked gorgeous..but it is a shame when they get 'modernised'like that.

Bellaboo ;0)

Dartford Warbler said...

I love that dry stone wall and the foxgloves. So many hours and such skill went into those amazing old walls.

Your holiday sounds wonderful, although I expect you were pleased to get home to a clean bathroom!

Happyone :-) said...

I've just gotten back from a relaxing vacation too.
Nice old stone house! I can just imagine the great walks you took.

Bovey Belle said...

What a nice place to stay (shame about the sauna!) and glad you got lots of relaxing done too. Great bird life. Loved your Crinoline Lady sewing project.