Things I learned in Derbyshire:
1. The Peak District is a lot hillier than the Costa del Keynes.
2. It is also a lot colder.
3. I should have left the six pairs of shoes at home and taken six jumpers instead.
4. Kedleston Hall, Lyme Park and Hardwick Hall are all very impressive National Trust properties.
5. Lyme Park is where Pride and Prejudice was filmed and it was where Mr Darcy (Colin Firth) emerged dripping from the lake. But they have nothing in the house about it AT ALL!
6. Bess of Hardwick was a tough old boot and I’ll now have to read Philippa Gregory’s excellent novel ‘The Other Queen’ again.
7. A Derbyshire oatcake is exactly like a pancake but oaty.
8. Buxton is a very nice town.
9. Even though there are a lot of sheep, lamb is still expensive.
10. The lady at the B&B thinks that we broke her door lock but we really didn’t.
11. Badedas bath foam is still alive and well. But, despite the hype, NOTHING HAPPENS after it.
12. I thought I had once been to Blue John Cavern when, in fact, I had been to Speedwell Cavern. (Easy mistake to make – a cave is a cave is a cave!)
13. A long time ago, the village of Eyam took the selfless decision to quarantine themselves so that they would not spread the bubonic plague to the surrounding area even though it doomed their own village.
14. It is impossible to sleep if there is a ghostly presence watching you from an armchair in your room.
15. It is entirely possible to have a lot of fun with just sixteen people in a library on a Tuesday night. Thank you, Buxton.
Love C : ) xx