My better half whisked me away to Derbyshire for two days this past week, and I must say, England has to be one of the most beautiful countries in the world. We traveled a traffic-free 2 1/2 hours from the flat fens to the rolling, sheep-covered hills of the peak district.
Upon arrival we headed underground to explore an old lead mine by boat. Thankfully I’m not claustrophobic as it was a tight squeeze at times!
Upon emerging from the depths of Speedwell Cavern, we decided to climb the heights of the nearby peak. I tried to give up many times along the way and my sweetheart even carried me a few minutes, but in the end we made it all the way to the top. And was the view ever worth it. It was the highlight of the trip for me.
We stopped in a little town called Chapelle en le Frith and grabbed some grub at the only pub in town which seemed to be serving food: The Hanging Gate. We then made our way to Sheffield and had an evening swim at the DoubleTree Hilton (I was very impressed with our hotel… especially with the warm cookies we were greeted with at the front desk!).
We spent the next day at Chatsworth House: a sprawling manor that has been passed down for 16 generations to the current Duke of Devonshire. It is where Pride and Prejudice was filmed, and boasts quite a lot of interesting history, water features and botanical gardens (there is a fascinating documentary on Netflix about it called ‘Secrets of Chatsworth House’).
After a lovely day picnic-ing by the water and touring the house and grounds, we made a quick stop in the quaint town of Bakewell. The adorable Lavender Tearoom was closed when we arrived but we had a nice time watching the fish and fowl from the locket-clad bridge and strolling through the streets decked out in flowers and British flags.
I really should have tried a Bakewell tart but as it didn’t look like my cup of tea, I had a cuppa tea and scone instead.
Have you ever been to the Peak District? Chatsworth House? Tried a Bakewell tart? What did you think? 🙂
British Words of the Day:
Mooch: a long trek/trip
Fortnight: two weeks
Clothes horse: laundry/drying/clothes rack
Airing cupboard: closet the hot water tank sits in
manual: standard (drive)
pouffe: a cushioned footstool and/or a gay person
knickers: women’s underwear
people carrier: van
fancy: want/feel like ie) d’you fancy it?
rubber: eraser (a rubber in Canada would mean a condom, not an eraser! Fanny is another word that can be embarrassingly lost in translation).
Sweet fanny adams: nothing at all
Put a spanner in the works: Something that messes up your plans
Do you have a favourite British word or saying?