With very best wishes from Sue and Martin and family.
Sue and Martin in Mallorca 2019
Saturday 24 December 2022
Wednesday 21 December 2022
We had planned to go to Silverdale, and perhaps call in on Conrad and on Rona if they were at home, but we didn't really have the time. Instead, Sue and I managed a couple of hours in the Bollin Valley, very close to home.
We've been here before. Reports are here. (There may be more - I just can't find them!)
Today the sun shone brightly as we crossed the River Bollin by one of many footbridges (above).
Then Sue befriended a little dog.
We continued towards Ryecroft Farm, where the work I'd seen on my last visit seems to have resulted in a flat piece of land with some lumps around the edges. Earlier crops of sweetcorn have been replaced with winter greens.
That was today's final picture - this walk has been well illustrated in the past. We didn't stop at the cafe in the woods, and we finished in rather less than two hours. My Garmin gadget accurately recorded the route shown below.
Tuesday 20 December 2022
Today featured a visit to Al and Hazel, and Kate and Andrew, in Altrincham. Their large living room provided a fine venue for some of Kate and Andrew's old toys to be brought out of retirement, all overseen by Kevin the carrot.
The toy below is actually a fold out book, the like of which is no longer available.
The road/railway junction provided slight confusion, as Izzie usually just has to master only a train timetable!
Monday 19 December 2022
Sue and I were at the Lime Lounge in Bakewell in plenty of time for the 10am start of our regular 'Christmas Lunch Walk'. The breakfasts looked very tempting, but we made do with coffees, having already eaten at home.
Others were not so punctual, and most of us shivered for a while beside the River Wye.
Soon we were off, on a well worn route that passes through the parish churchyard.
We crossed the Monsal Trail, which at this point offered no sign of the difficulties we would encounter on it later.
The next photo doesn't really show it, but the area where folk are passing through a gate was pretty much an ice rink. Care needed.
We made it safely to the Crispin, in plenty of time for our 1pm lunch, withe the usual good food and service, and no complaints about the lack of a quiz this year.
By the time we left, a cold drizzle had set in, leaving two who had arrived by car with smug grins...
Thanks to Tom for this photo and to Jenny for some of the others.
Everyone was remarkably happy, being full of Christmas food and Cheer, and luckily nobody came a cropper on the tricky ascent to the Trail. Mike's efforts were particularly entertaining.
No more photos were taken as the afternoon drifted towards an early dusk, but the Monsal Trail had become a River of Ice in quite a few spots, so care was needed and we escaped injury with just a few near misses.
Thanks to everyone for turning out, and thanks to the Crispin for looking after our culinary needs, etc.