MAGIC

November 25, 2009

We have had some wild weather recently and with the log burner comforting us we have watched some  DVDs about Merlin, Prince Arthur and Camelot letting ourselves into a little bit of magic.

Now I am reading The Lollipop Shoes by Joanne Harris – a follow up to the bewitching novel Chocolat.  There is nothing wrong with a little day dreaming and fantasy.

However this morning, again in the wild and windy weather, I went for a walk up through Taddington and came across the most wonderful sight.   We have seen from home over the last few weeks a flock of birds flying past.  Today I saw at least five hundred fieldfares twisting, wheeling and feeding in the fields.  Twice they flew straight over my head whilst I held my breath in admiration.  Now that really did feel like MAGIC.  I can’t wait to go out again and of course I will have my camera next time.

Tomorrow we meet here for our monthly charity walk and lunch and perhaps we might see them again.  After that I am going on the train to Liverpool to listen to the Philharmonic Orchestra – Brahms and Tchaikovsky – conducted by their now celebrated young russian conducter Vasily Petrenko.  Will that be macigal?  I hope so.

LOCAL ATTRACTIONS

November 5, 2009

What have we been up since our last blog?  We certainly have been busy with visitors with a good share of repeat bookings – we must be doing something right.  I have had a couple of short mid week breaks away leaving John to look after things here.   What I realise is that once away you quickly become interested in all the local attractions but at home you seem to take them for granted.

Although we never take the splender and variety of nature and the landscape for granted, as we often go out walking and enjoying the Peak District, perhaps we do not take enough advantage of all the area has to offer in the way of houses, museums etc.

So to make amends  last week we have visited the Peak District  Mining Museum and Temple Mine  in Matlock Bath and learnt much more about the lead mining industry www.peakmines.co.uk .

On Friday I visited our wonderful Buxton Opera House for a performance of Cosi fan Tutte by the English Chamber Oper Company.  Every visit there is a great experience as it is so grand and beautiful even before the curtain goes up. www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk .

Before a visit here you can order your copy of the Peak District  and Derbyshire Visitor Guide online at www.visitpeakdistrict.com  or collect information from  a Vistors Centre.  Whist visiting Buxton Tourist Information centre recently I picked up a leaflet called Great Films Great Locations.   It is really good and describes  eleven Houses and the films and TV programmes filmed  at each location:

Haddon Hall     Stanage Edge and North Lees    Chatsworth House   Renishaw Hall    Bolsover Castle       Kedleston Hall    Red House Working Carriage Museum    Sudbury Hall    Ilam Hall and Dovedale    Lyme Hall   and Hadfield House  

All these places are only a short drive from Highfield Bed and Breakfast.

In each of our rooms you will always find lots of maps and local information and we are happy to help you in any way we can.

Enough for now – look forward to your visit!