Yesterday my bestest friend Sue, our two Darling Daughters and me had ourselves a road trip to Derbyshire, following the route of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site. Our aim was to have a fun day out together, take in some lovely crafting supplies shops, do some small town browsing and have a bite to eat. Three years ago Sue and I did a similar road trip, which I blogged about here.
Driving along there is much Industrial Architecture (which I love) to admire:
Matlock Bath -
We visited some lovely shops, including this one in Darley Dale, a veritable wonderland of all things related to embroidery, we all bought some lovely things. The windows made great eye-candy too
I was drooling over this Midwinter coffee set, would look great with my growing collection
The staff are very friendly, it is a lovely place to visit, just be sure to save up some pennies first as there is so much you will want to buy!
We then jumped back in the car, and made our way to the pretty little town of Bakewell, which is only 10 minutes up the road. We parked up and made our way to the little bridge - it is quite wobbly, rather like the Millenium Bridge in London, but quite safe of course. And a great place to stand awhile and snap some photos
The river was running really quickly
But nothing could ruffle the feathers of these two stately creatures
We browsed some lovely shops, including the most amazing charity shops I had ever come across! We stopped off for a bite to eat, and a bit more browsing. We then decided to head back down the A6 to
it is a lovely little place to wander around, with a craft shop and mill museum. But the things that took our eye on this visit were these little cuties...
The very essence of spring!
Some more feathered friends were there as well
The countryside was just beautiful, the green was so intense, so hard to replicate in photos...
There were even what I call Marimekko trees!
I think silver birch trees are wonderful, would love one in my garden
Driving back home along the A6 road I snapped some photos of the villages and towns we drove through (please do not worry dear readers, I wasn't driving!!)
and just had to take this photo in Belper, after all it was St Georges day! And the building dates back to Georgian times too...
Thanks so much to Sue and the girls for a lovely day out, hopefully won't be too long before we can do something similar again!