29 November 2010

Beehive Cottage, Combs, High Peak.

For the next 4 weeks before Christmas we are staying in Beehive cottage in Combs, High Peak.  Combs is a lovely little village with some houses and a pub and we are next door to the pub.  We are surrounded by snowy farmland and hills and creeks.  There are great walks all around and lots of them go through other villages or past warm pubs. 

The cottage is amazing and has a fireplace, good kitchen, spare bed for distinguished guests and a nice upstairs loft bedroom.

We have already gone for a walk around Combs reservoir and seen some local rabbits and sheepies.  All the landscapes surrounding us are spectacular, especially with the snow cover.


A self Explanatory picture of our cottage name


The cottage from the road,  Chapel en le frith is just up the road


Our cottage with a christmas tree out the front, complete with lights


The pub next door, an excellent source of beer and food


The kitchen, large by british standards


The dining area and washing hanging area


The bedroom – for sleeping in.


The all important fireplace


The view from our kitchen window, a small creek, a field and often sheep and geese.

28 November 2010

The Peaks District–Buxton

Yesterday we made our way from Southport over to the Peak District to see Emma, Danny and Sophie.  We were going to go down to Essex for a 30th Birthday but the bday girl has inconveniently damaged two discs in her spine so that was called off.

We drove up to the Peaks and first started to see hints of snow around Knutsford.  By the time we got up into the moors there was snow every where and the sheepies looked cold and were struggling to find their grass.  Buxton itself has a nice little blanket of snow and since the sun is so low here in the northern hemisphere and the temps so low (-5 currently) most of the snow stays in place.

Map picture

We had a great time as usual and learnt that babies don’t actually sleep. 

On Sunday morning, poor Danny went off to work in Lincoln and we had a leisurely breakfast and then walked up to Solomon’s Temple which is a folly on a hill overlooking Buxton.  Its a brilliant walk as you get a bit of everything; flat fields, woods, hills, moors and folly’s.  We got some great pics and Bryn the mutt met a few friends too.

buxton panorama 2

A panoramic view of the moors from Solomons Temple

buxton panorama

The woods looking bare and beautiful against the snow and blue sky


The 3 girls and Bryn


Walking up to the woods


The track through the woods


Bryn having a great time racing around in circles


What an Athlete


Male Model


Super Snow mutt


Through the folly Window


Bryn’s friend, a young schnauzer, flying through the air, chasing Bryn.