We hadn't planned on doing anything on Saturday as we had lined up dentist and haircut appointments, weekly shopping and a Korean food run. However, it was one of those rare great weather days so we had to work something in. The fact that our dentist called in "sick" sped the process along. [I have a sneaking suspicion that our friendly dentist had a severe case of the "sunny, clear blue skies". I appreciate the Saturday appointments but this isn't our first cancellation.]
Warning: lots of animal photos! This is a great time to get out and see the new lambs.
As I mentioned, the weather was about perfect -- sunny, clear skies and about 15C/60F.
the rolling field (of sheep) at Kedleston
another regular shot -- Kedleston from the back hill
our first view of some of the new lambs
we also saw a few pheasants -- 3 on this walk I believe (I didn't try to count the sheep)
more babies (Nicole insisted that I put in most of the lamb shots)
Kedleston from the front
a few cows and swans for good measure
As we were rounding out the walk and heading back to the house along the entrance road, we briefly walked pass the adjacent golf course. Our friend (and one of Nicole's teachers) Derek is a member there. I jokingly thought about saying something to the kids. As we walked farther I heard someone shouting our names, and it was Derek! Talk about your coincidences. There's really only one (or two) holes that are by the road and to pass by just at that time. Too funny.
Sunday -- Chatsworth
We broke up the two walks with a nice lunch at the Tea Rooms in Edensor. That enabled us to log the miles without it seeming too hard. Weather was a tick or two cooler and became cloudy, but not too bad (i.e. not cold or rainy).
Stats: 8.5 miles in 5:13 though 3:30 of moving time. A chunk of that downtime was lunch. Surprisingly little moaning/whinging and in fact, the troops all did well.
The Seppanens were going to join us for this one until they found something better to do (JK Jay). Perhaps they are glad they did!
nice little waterfall as we get on our way to Stand Wood behind Chatsworth
a peek at some flowering trees inside the Chatsworth grounds (through the forest on the outside)
The Hunting Tower -- your family of 4 can stay here for £1674/week in the summer (lower at other times)
or walk up here to see the great views for free-- (although I did pay £3 for parking)
from the front w/ Alex
another view -- the village of Edensor (our lunch spot) is in the distance
back down the hill to Chatsworth -- Queen Mary's Bower [legend has it that Mary, Queen of Scots, was able to "take her air" here while a prisoner at Chatsworth]
ah, more sheep and lambs
walking towards Edensor now, looking back at Chatsworth with the cascade fountain on the right
Edensor in the background -- nice little village
Check this out from wiki:
Edensor (pronounced "Ensor") is a village in Derbyshire, England. It is the closest village to Chatsworth House and much of it belongs to the Dukes of Devonshire. Originally the village was close to the River Derwent immediately below Chatsworth, but the Dukes had it moved out of sight over a hill, apart from one cottage whose tenant did not want to move, which still stands in Chatsworth Park.
You know you have too much money/power when . . .
we liked the rolling hills (and the animals) on this part of the walk
Chatsworth in the distance
a little tough to see, but this was a herd of deer on the grounds
another shot back to the house--check out the Hunting Tower in the upper left (we get around)
and here come the lambs
more lambs -- many of them were quite playful (amongst themselves, we did not try to approach)
two more lambs first though
Great day and great weekend. I was proud of the troops for hanging in there on this long walk. We've got next weekend open so hopefully the weather cooperates and we can get out again
Food--more home cookin'
After trying some old standbys for the last few weeks I decided to crack open my favorite cookbook, Jamie Oliver's 15-minute meals, and try some new things this week. More to come, but here are the first two of the week.
baked rainbow trout with smoked pancetta, almonds and thyme -- yummy
with a side of new potatoes, peas and "broad" (fava) beans -- I thought it was fine but Kuk wasn't a big fan
next night: shrimp cocktail (salad)--not bad but not a top ten either
kid's version (no tomatoes, avocado, or dressing)