A little break..

We’ve been away this week. I’m turning 35 (again…!) tomorrow, so we thought it would be good to have a little treat to celebrate, and get away from home, where it’s all too tempting to switch on the PC and do a bit of work, even when you know you need to have a bit of R&R. Our boys aren’t great at coping with too much upheaval, so we just nipped up the road to the familiar territory of the Staffordshire Moorlands.

We stayed in Leek (which has the best Italian deli for miles around – the fabulous Pronto, AND yummy fish and chips), and did some walking in Dovedale & around Grindon and the Manifold valley. We were blessed by the most lovely weather, and although we were a bit too early for lots of blossom, the trees, hedges and spring flowers looked bright and sparkling in the sunshine, and dramatic in the shadows.

Near Grindon, Derbyshire

Beautiful trees between Grindon & Wetton Mill (where the cafe was closed….)

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Celandine

A sunny celandine

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Dovedale

A view along the river Dove

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A cave with a spring, Dovedale

A pretty little cave with a spring inside it – the boys were so fascinated by this, we had to visit it several times

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Scary rock at Dovedale

A big rock in Dovedale – I should really know the name…

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Dovedale

Dramatic shadows and sunshine

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Wood anemone

A very beautiful wood anemone

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DS1

Danny – looking very happy, even though he says he hates long walks

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DS2

I think Tom was insisting on a ‘piggy bank’ at this stage

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Normal blogging service will resume tomorrow, but as I’ve already had a delicious box of Bath Ales (thank you Pete!) delivered to me, I may be slightly incoherent when I get round to writing the weekly fabric news…

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