Friday 25 June 2010

Thursday Date - part 1

For our Thursday "date", hubby and I decided to do my favourite walk which is from Youlgreave in Derbyshire to Over Haddon and back. Youlgreave is a really pretty village - I could easily see myself living here. It's "Well Dressing " season in these parts - I loved this one.

It looked as if the farmer had called home for elevenses! - I loved this old tractor,
This is the reason that we will never live in a small cottage. He wouldn't fit!

However he would fit quite nicely in this one!

It started to drizzle a bit at this point, but it didn't dampen the day.

We walked through several meadows - all bursting with wild flowers.

They say that "one swallow doesn't make a summer", but I think you only need one skylark to make a summer. Its not a great photo (still getting used to my camera), but we disturbed this Skylark who sang his summery tune for us. I tried to video it so you could hear it, but that didn't work either Must read the instruction manual.

As we got over the hill, the sky cleared and it started to get hot. I love this farm on the valley. I think it is part of the Haddon Estate.

The farmhouse is lovely.

But I think the barns and outbuildings are better.

We were eyed with suspicion by these youngsters.

As we descended into the valley over the other side, we spied this magnificent fungi.

In the bottom of this valley, the river Lathkill runs. Often at this time of year, in parts it seems to disappear. It runs underground for some of the way.

On the printed walk, you turn right at this point and follow the river, however we made a detour (up the very steep hill!) to somewhere really unique and very special. I'll tell you about that tomorrow. xxx


topchelseagirl said...

Wow what a pretty walk.

Rebecca said...

It looks like you had a lovely day! I love going to see the well dressings, I think Tissington is always my favourite :D

BadPenny said...

You have some beautiful places to walk Diane.
Did have a giggle at your comment at mine today !

Unknown said...

What a great date (and some lovely photos again).

Your other half might not have fit in that tiny cottage, but it looked just the right size for me, being only 5.2"

Wishing you a lovely weekend.
Jill x
PS - glad you liked the Swap gifts I made.

Ma Larkin said...

Bracket fungus.
We used to attend a field naturalist society in the town we lived previously. They were brill folk, average age seemed to be 80 but wow were they informed and engaged with everything in nature.
Your pics are v good.

Michela said...

Ok, that you ventured to Derbyshire, I must rectify what I wrote this morning on Lyn's blog, ha ha! Just kidding! Glad to see who hoovers the stairs and washes the pots! xxxxxxx

VintageVicki said...

Very pretty - thank you for sharing your walk.

MrVV wouldn't fit in the tiny cottage either - a 6' 4" he'd give himself a headache ;)

Lisa said...

Nice to see a photo of Mr HS!
Let me know when you move into that big house, we'll all come and stay!
Is the Haddon estate something to do with Haddon Hall? I only ask because I've got a coffee pot in that design!
Lisa x

Lyn said...

Oh you tease!
I love the photo of the barn, why do farmers collect 'junk' outside in their yards, I think I should become a farmer, I hoard too!
the fungi is fabulous!

Rosie said...

Ah, so that's where you got to! We passed the signs to Over Haddon Well Dressing on the way to Bakewell last Friday and I wondered what it was like. Love the photos - yes I think the house would be easier than the cottage:)

The sewing room said...

You should write a book on interesting places to visit,you always find such nice places we dont perhaps its because l head for the shops first . Thank you for sharing your date with us.

Hugs Pat

Rebecca said...

you are spoilt for choice, so many lovely places, I bet you never get tired of it x

cottonreel said...

Hi ! It,s cottonreel , I just joined your blog then browsed through to look at your blogging friends only to see I had joined you before . I,m next to Pomona .
Thanks for joining my blog , I,m looking forward to haing a hundred followers
Beautiful photo,s , lovely area ,

I,d also like to live in Cornwall .We have to have dreams .

WinnibriggsHouse said...

Diane that was excellent. Really thought I was with you there. Thanks for the comment on my blog and sorry you can't join us. Do enjoy your weekend though. I'm sure you will as you seem to love your country surrounds.
Jenny x
PS I like the barns as well!

John Going Gently said...

I would KILL for that farmhouse

lesley said...

What a lovely walk Diane.
Elevenses makes me think of my Nan, we always had elevenses, so quintessentially English don't you think? You are lucky to visit such beautiful places x