• July 2020 Wheels and Water Part 2: Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire

    We met up with the mail at Cromford canal. It was cool and rainy but fortunately the cafe was prepared with umbrellas and marquee. Little specialist shops occupy the old mill buildings, although only a few were open. Zita and […]

  • July 2020 Wheels and Water Part I                          Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire

    July 2020 Wheels and Water Part I Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire

    We decided to go and collect our post and tried to book a campsite in Buxton so as to be reasonably close to our personal post office in Cheshire! No luck at Chatsworth either so eventually we made a booking […]

  • Out and About                     June 2020 Part 2

    Out and About June 2020 Part 2

    I love open gardens they are so inspiring. and I was so pleased when the NGS decided gardens could be open again. Good for the charity too. I booked for us to visit to several local gardens, We went off […]

  • Wildlife and Out and About  Tewkesbury                         June 2020  Part 1

    Wildlife and Out and About Tewkesbury June 2020 Part 1

    Isabel and Simon our resident mallards have produced a family of nine. They love visiting at breakfast time and lunchtime well anytime really in the hope of food. Various other ducks have visited and one brown one liked sitting on […]

  • May 2020                     Lockdown Continues

    May 2020 Lockdown Continues

    An excellent start to the month as my runner beans had germinated! We also continued to tidy up the garden Still no response to my offer to be a NHS telephone Volunteer. Using Zoom we enjoyed a talk from David […]

  • April 2020 Lockdown

    April 2020 Lockdown

    A very quiet month. I rekindled my interest in wild flowers and have made a garden using what materials were to hand namely logs and rabbit proof wild flowers. I have thistles, docks, cuckoo pint, huge verbascums, forget me nots, […]

  • March 2020

    March 2020

    A quiet birthday for me and then a trip to Oxford in Henry looking for more of Tony’s ancestors. We have three super days in the Chilterns researching his Bitmead and Quartermaine families. Holy Trinity Church West Hendred. The earliest […]

  • February 2020                 Family History

    February 2020 Family History

    Henry Armriding married Frances Elizabeth Laurence at the Parish Church Cheltenham on 7th July 1868. Now how could we not spend time reserching this family? The Armridings were a family from Preston and we had done some research on this […]

  • February 2020

    February 2020

    The rest of the month! We made three visits to The Roses. The first was to see Christins Rhianoff and her dancers. The theme was Dance to the Music. Local dance schools had been invited to participate and she spent […]

  • Floods February 2020

    Floods February 2020

    18th February the peak. The Avon is now over two metres above normal The lawn has disappeared! The water is too deep for us to refill the bird feeders but the robin has learnt how to eat from this one […]


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