So sorry I've been so quiet recently. The summer holidays are always a time for catching with friends and family and having the time to do all the jobs I've been putting off for the rest of the year. We've visited the doctor and dentist, found time for some crafting (although my mojo has only recently decided to visit me again) and spent some time away in beautiful countryside. My children decided to spend a week with their grandparents so my dh and I booked a cottage for a week in the Peak District. Bliss. Surprisingly, for a National Park which is the second busiest in terms of visitor numbers, it was really quiet. I don't know if it was because everyone was heading to the beach or because last summer was so rotten that everyone was abroad but we loved it. Here are some of the things we did.
Cycling on the High Peak Trail and Tissington Trail - 44 miles in one day which I was extraordinarily proud of even though they are both old train lines so quite flat ;).
Drinking the spa water in Buxton. Weirdly it was warm.
Picking and eating wild raspberries - little mouthfuls of sweetness.
Cycling the Monsal Trail - every time we came out of a tunnel, we were greeted with a beautiful view.
Walking along the Limestone Way into Matlock and we then walked back along the Derwent Way. It was a beautiful walk and we didn't meet anyone on the walk. Even getting caught in a downpour was fun.
Walking up and over Mam Tor, near Castleton. You can just see Hope Quarry in the distance in the photo.
Whilst the weather wasn't great it didn't stop us walking and cycling all week. We even managed to get to the Bakewell Show.
This was about 9am and it became a lot busier during the day (thousands of people).
So, if you ever get the chance, the Peak District is definitely worth a visit. Now I'm off the defrost the freezer - another one of those holiday jobs :) I'll be back soon to show you some of the things I've been making and baking this holiday.