Monday 7 December 2015

Thorpe, Derbyshire - Big Day Out

On the Monday of our week away, staying in The Rest in Thorpe, mum and dad were joining us for the day so we'd got a big day out planned, with not much relaxing on the cards.

They were with us in time for our favourite breakfast of Bacon and Parsley hot cakes, topped with poached eggs, for breakfast, before we headed out for the day.

We headed for Wirksworth, a small town we'd driven through before and wanted to revisit. We parked up and had a wander up and down the High Street, which was really interesting.
We also had a good old mooch in the charity and small gift shops and I actually managed to find some blue wool, which has worked as a treat for my button art elephant's tail.
We were really lucky with the weather and actually saw blue skies for the first time this week.
We also managed to pick up our first cache of the holiday.

Having spent a pleasant hour in Wirkswirth we headed off to Cromford Mills, where I was looking forward to mooching round the fabric ship and the antique shops.

I'm not quite sure how it happened but I actually didn't buy anything in the fabric shop, though I did find a brand new reel of Gutterman thread for 20p in one of the antique shops and a selection of ribbon in another, so i didn't come away totally empty handed.

We had a quick wander over by the canal before heading on our way for our next stop.
From Cromford Mill we headed into Matlock, where mum and I had a good wander round some of the sprawling antique shops, whilst dad and Martin hung around outside .... not really their thing!

Our next stop was at Massons Mill shopping village where we picked up these place mats, which I have managed to turn into some really nice Christmas decorations.
We then had one last stop of the day at Carsington Reservoir where, I'm afraid, all we did, was to have a drink and a very nice piece of cake in the restaurant and a quick wander around the few small shops.

We did pick up one more cache before we all decided that was quite enough activity for one day and headed back to The Rest for lasagne, before peace descended again, as mum and dad headed for home.

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