22 Jun 2015

Lunch out near Froggatt Edge




One day last week we took a short drive out and stopped for a good lunch in a pub (four cottages have been converted into a country inn) which is situated on wooded hills below the gritstone cliffs of Froggatt Edge. On the opposite side of the road the River Derwent flows through the valley below and it's a popular place for walking as there are trails either up to Froggatt Edge or by the river along the Derwent Valley Heritage Way.
 



     A ciabatta bread sandwich with home-made chips
 and an interesting green salad was very tasty.




The area behind the pub was close up against rocks and a steep slope, but further on was a pathway which would have taken us up to Froggatt Edge escarpment. Walking by the river near the bridge was enough that day to take in the beauty of the woods, the lush greenery and wild flowers growing by the water's edge.  










The River Derwent, a weir and Froggatt/Curbar Edge (in the distance)






On the way back home we stopped and went into the shop at the Mayfield Alpaca Farm - I've written about our visit here.  I wanted to get some yarn, but it sells quickly as soon as it's available and so there was none to be had. I shall have to try again when we pass by or phone up and find out when there's a supply in. Fortunately we go that way quite often and it's not too far from where we live.







Driving through wooded valleys, up hillsides, across moors and then walking by a river even when the weather was rather dull and not very good for photography was an enjoyable way to spend part of the day. I had the wrong setting on the camera so the photos are not as clear as I would have liked.


Thank you, friends, for your good wishes on the occasion of our 50th wedding anniversary last week. It's been lovely getting together at different times during the last few weeks with our family and we're looking forward to a reunion party soon, which I've been busy organising.


Here are a couple of photos then and now!  Of course, thankful for each day since we met.





Wishing you a very peaceful week,
Linda :)





32 comments:

  1. how quickly 50 years passes by, I really like the wedding pic and the now.. they tell a story all by themselves. the photos of all the green plants are amazing, makes me want to wander down the path and see all of this beauty. i love old buildings but I also love our great outdoors.

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    1. Times does pass quickly. I got out the wedding album which I haven't done for a long time and saw new things there. for example there's an old style coach in the background which you wouldn't see now. I think it was parked ready to take guests to the reception. We're very blessed to be able to get out in the countryside near where we live and there's quite a good bus service so you don't always have to take the car.

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  2. What a wonderful place for a walk and a pub lunch is the icing on the cake. We have some lovely little pubs around the country, much nicer than these chains which seem to be popping up all over the place these days, we've got another one coming on our main street. Alpaca yarn is beautifully soft, isn't it? It's a shame they'd sold out but I'm not surprised. Lovely photos of the two of you.

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    1. There are some lovely country pubs. I've been organising our family get-together and we shall be having our lunch in a lovely old country inn for this special occasion. Sometimes we go into the city centre as it suits the grandchildren who like the buzz, but we're still a bit choosy depending on past experiences with the service. The alpaca yarn is quite expensive, but I think it will be worth it to get some when it's available. It's fun to be able to buy locally.

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  3. It looks a very beautiful, peaceful place for a walk. Even better with the alpacas, I love those guys!

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    1. It was good to explore a new path by the river at Froggatt. There were other walkers about and still it was peaceful. The alpacas are appealing characters and eager for attention when we visited with the grandchildren.

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  4. Such a lovely area to walk and everything looks so lush and green. The pub lunch looks very filling and tasty too. Your then and now photographs are wonderful as all those treasured memories you share of your 50 years together must be:)

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    1. I'm not sure what the large leaved plants were that were growing along the river bank, but they were amazing. I often wonder what it must be like to walk on Froggatt Edge where the terrain is so different and has many standing stones and rocky features. Fifty years is a life time especially as we met when I was 16, (Mr. P. was 19) and I was married at 20!

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  5. Oh it is so picturesque! I love the alpacas too- they are so funny!
    You looked beautiful as a bride!!x

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    1. Thank you Kezzie. The dress was special as all wedding dresses are. Satin and French lace overlace, satin roses where the train was attached at the back. Alpacas are pretty animals and they were friendly and well behaved when they came over to be fed.

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  6. Awwwww....look at you two! I just loved those pics, how lovely to see a marriage last that is still so happy!
    That pub and the river views with the wild flowers looks such a rustic place to lunch, just perfect! Lunch looks good too!xxx

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    1. Thanks Dina. It's always good when a pub that you've decided to go to lives up to expectations and is in a picturesque spot with riverside walks.

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  7. I just love looking at photos of the English Countryside. The pub and your lunch looked delightful and your walk, so serene along the water. So what do you want to create with the Alpaca yarn? A belated good wishes on your wedding anniversary. You both look as wonderful and happy together today as you did 50 years ago.

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    1. Thank you for your visit and kind comments. The alpaca yarn will knit up into a scarf either for myself or for a gift. A long, happy relationship is a blessing and we try and make the most of each day together with that thought in mind.

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  8. A belated happy 50th Linda, and showing a lovely couple in each photo. Your post was fun to look at with so many super and pretty scenes. Thanks for the visit and welcome home comment. It certainly is good to be home.

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    1. Thank you Denise. We're still in rather a celebratory mood since we're looking forward to a family reunion and lunch out very soon. It's lovely to go travelling and then it's good to get back home.

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  9. Belated but I wish you two a very Happy 50th wedding anniversary. Last week I was bad in commenting because we were out and about. So many beautiful pictures of pretty scenes, I like publunches in England, and what about alpacas in an English flower meadow..... So nice the last two photos, you were a very nice bride.

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    1. Thank you Janneke for your good wishes and I'll pass them on to my husband. I'm going to visit your blog and read your news. It's good to get out and about especially during Summer days.

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  10. Happy Anniversary indeed! Hope you had a lovely time.

    As for the pub visit and your day, thank you for taking me along. I enjoyed it.

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    1. Thank you for your good wishes. I'm glad you enjoyed the time out in the Peak District countryside.

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  11. Hi Linda,

    Always lovely to see the green countryside and beauty there - love the pub and all the charming cottages.
    Great to see your lovely wedding photo and now and yes, don't the years pass by so quickly
    Hope you have a wonderful week
    hugs
    Carolyn

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    1. Thank you Carolyn. Have a good week yourself!

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  12. Hi Linda, all the pictures are amazing! The river looks a peaceful place to visit! The alpacas are very cute. It is lovely the pictures of your wedding. Congratulations! Time passes by fast.

    Cheers, Sandra

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    1. Hello Sandra. Good to hear from you. Thank you for your kind wishes. Yes, time goes by quickly and we try and make the most of it.

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  13. I have enjoyed your postings.
    Wonderful images from the country my husband is from.
    Happy summer!
    (Gunn in Stavanger/Norway)

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    1. Thank you for stopping by and it's good to meet you. You live in a beautiful part of the world. Enjoy your summer days!

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  14. Hello Linda,
    Firstly, many congratulations - 50 years! Wonderful. We stayed at the Chequers at Frogatt Edge in March during a brief trip to the Midlands. Lovely part of the world.

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    1. Thank you Marianne. I like the area around Froggatt Edge and it's good when we find new paths to explore and places to eat.

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  15. The walk and lunch sounds just wonderful.
    I had to smile because the style of your wedding dress was very similar to mine.
    It was after all the same era.

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    1. It was pleasant to spend a few hours out in the countryside. It's interesting to see how fashion styles change even in wedding dresses!

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  16. Lovely photos. I need to start taking more. I haven't quite gotten into a good blogging nitch lately, but want to. Love the name of Froggat! :>) Are those llamas? Quite cute!

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  17. Love the names of everything there! My goodness, I can sure see what attracted you two to each other! Still looking good!

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