22 May 2019

Time out

It's been another good week - meeting friends in the library for our book group,  gardening and visiting garden nurseries, watching the Chelsea Flower Show television programmes to get some ideas for our garden, and an outing in the countryside for a birthday meal before spending time with daughter and grandson yesterday evening when daughter M cooked a tasty light supper. There were phone calls from family and gifts sent in the post. Altogether, a lovely week so far. Sunshine made the trip out into the countryside even better.
I had thought beforehand of where I would like to go not too far from home yet somewhere we've passed through on other occasions and yet never stopped to spend a longer time; the village of Foolow.  I've read about Foolow in Stephen Booth's crime mystery novels.  The police officer, Ben Cooper, lives in the area. His home is probably a haven when he's dealing with police work in the county from his base in the fictitious Edendale. There's always a sense of place because real hills and dales are described in the novels. Even though the books are in the crime genre of literature they portray situations that rural police forces are dealing with whilst police stations are closing and the number of police personnel decreasing.
Also a lady that I met at an oncology support course that I attended last year mentioned that she lives in nearby Eyam. She told me more about Foolow, especially about the little church on the village green and said that I should visit sometime.
Going further afield we like to take a trip when the weather is dry, although that's not always possible.  Yesterday the weather was perfect. We didn't book a table for our lunch, but hoped that the one in the village would be accommodating, which it was. 


We passed by Ladybower Reservoir, but didn't stop
for long except to take a photo.



Soon we were in rural Derbyshire...



and in Foolow village.



We were the first to go into the pub which meant we could order our meal and relax.  Whilst we were waiting for our meal Mr P sat at our table and I took a few photos of the interior as later on the place was full of lunchtime diners.  It's obviously a very popular eating place.  We had a quiet corner table and had a very enjoyable meal with good service before more diners arrived.




A nice touch, the shelves of second hand books that you could borrow, read whilst waiting for your meal, exchange with one brought in for a small sum of money.  The squirrel was made of pottery. I didn't like the couple of real ones done by a taxidermist in one corner of the pub. Funnily enough my book group had been reading The Taxidermist's Daughter written by Kate Mosse and it was discussed this Monday. I didn't go to the last meeting so it was interesting to hear what people thought about the story.  The general opinion was that it was not liked because of the subject matter and plot - not surprising really - even though the setting was well described.



Outside there were pretty views of areas around
 the village green - tranquil and soothing.





The Wesleyan Methodist Chapel


an unusual building - possibly a small barn


the village pond





The village well - there was water in it, 
but difficult to photograph.


The horse chestnut trees in bloom are gorgeous just now.





I'll share inside the little church next time.

29 comments:

  1. I am in love with the small barn. love it. I would love to visit Foolow… what a lovely place to eat, I would probably let my food get cold looking at all the things in the building. so beautiful....I want that cow bell.

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    1. Looking around the rooms of the pub was interesting. Cleaning the horse brasses and other items must take some work.

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  2. Such a lovely visit, thank you for sharing. I love the idea of the books in the pub, I've seen this arrangement at campsites before. At our book club last Christmas, instead of presents and cards we wrapped a second hand book or two with maybe a chocolate bar, nice tea bags or hot chocolate sachet - as a secret santa gift. Cathy x

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    1. Exchanging second hand books is a good idea. There was a homely atmosphere in that pub and it must be popular judging by the number of people enjoying a meal there.

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  3. Foolow looks delightful! What a nice place to go visit. I love the Secondhand bookshelf!

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    1. It was a picturesque village with a nice atmosphere and I'm glad we went there.

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  4. What a lovely village to visit and enjoy. Love all the photos. Looks like a great pub. Happy Birthday to you or whoever you were celebrating.

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    1. Thank you Ellen. I celebrated my 70+ birthday and thankful to do so.

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  5. What a lovely trip! There are so many interesting places to visit so close to you!

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    1. We're spoilt for choice. There's always somewhere interesting to visit in the UK and beautiful countryside where we live on the South Yorkshire/ North Derbyshire border.

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  6. What lovely views and landscapes! To me Derbyshire sounds almost legendary, after reading (and loving so much) "Pride and Prejudice".
    Thanks for sharing, Linda...I feel more relaxed now! ;)

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed this blog post Luisella. :)

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  7. What a lovely village especially with the blue skies. What an unusual name it has, I wonder where it got it from.

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    1. It's an interesting village full of history and buildings made from limestone. Foolow means 'multi-coloured hill' (Anglo Saxon English) perhaps a reference to the geology of Eyam Edge with its patches of soil, rock, greenery and where wild flowers grow.

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  8. Happy Birthday! Thank you for sharing your birthday outing with us, it looks like a beautiful place to visit. x

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    1. Thank you. It was a good way to celebrate my birthday.

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  9. What a lovely place to visit for your birthday. Glad you had a lovely time and sunny weather too. The thing I remember most about Foolow is the ducks on the duck pond. The pub looks cosy and welcoming too. I love Stephen Booth's novels and Villager Jim's photos of the village environs and the Peak District:)

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    1. Thank you Rosie. There were many of Villager Jim's framed photos on the walls of the pub. Photographing Derbyshire countryside and exploring the county is a pleasure. I loved the white-feathered ducks and the village pond.

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  10. Gorgeous village!! Love that photo with the window!! Beautiful
    Wesleyan Methodist Chapel! This would be lovely to visit! Thanks for sharing!!

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    1. It seemed a peaceful village. I'm glad we visited.

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  11. Judging from the photos, you had stunning weather for your day out, which is not something you can always count on in the UK. I do miss old pubs - there is something so welcoming about the low ceilings, the horse brass and the nooks and crannies! I almost felt like I was back in my adopted home once again! Thanks for your recent visit to my blog!

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    1. Hello Angie. I'm glad you enjoyed this blog post. I do miss a country pub myself when not in the UK.

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  12. Happy birthday. This looks like a lovely little village for a day out, thanks for taking us with you.
    Diana

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    1. Thank you Diana. Thank you for coming by and leaving a comment. Thinking of you.

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  13. Such a lovely post and it looks a lovely place to visit for your birthday... belated good wishes.

    Your photographs were all so lovely, and the weather looks glorious for May.

    All the best Jan

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  14. All the very best for your birthday, what a wonderful way to spend it!xxx

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  15. Happy Birthday Linda, hope you enjoyed your special day, Cathy x

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