Why, hello. The blog has been rather quiet lately, hasn't it? I think I have a good excuse - I've barely been at home in the last two and a half weeks.
First, Tim and I took advantage of the August bank holiday (and the fact that I had to be in Sheffield for two days at the end of August for a conference anyway), and had a wee Peak District vacation. I felt a bit like Elizabeth Bennet the whole time, though there were no Mr Darcys to be seen, sopping wet or otherwise.
We stayed in a little country cottage, with a great view across the Rivelin Valley to the hills beyond. Oh, the hills. Coming from Saskatchewan, whose southern half is extraordinarily flat, it was lovely to see hilly country, all partitioned into pasture land for cows and sheep.
But it all turned out all right and by end of the trip I was confident enough to actually go the speed limit, even though the roads were much curvier and narrower than the ones I was used to. Especially on the way to Chatsworth, I ended up driving on some very narrow country lanes that could only accomodate one car at a time. I don't know how British drivers don't get killed in head-on collisions all the time, going up and down hills and around corners on roads like that.
We also liked the nearest attraction to us, easily reached by the public footpaths - the Rivelin itself, which once powered up to twenty mills, including some of Sheffield's famous cutlery making ones. It was great fun to walk along it and see the various man-made weirs and canals.
More to come...