Saturday, 3 April 2010

Happy Easter! And a wet holiday

We have just got back from a lovely but very wet break in Derbyshire. It's good to be home and I missed Archie SO much, the woman who ran the cattery said I couldn't have him back because she wanted to keep him! Although she did say he'd escaped a couple of times and run up the corridor, and had been climbing up her legs. He's come back a bit bigger with a slightly deeper meow, and he's been helping with unpacking:

before curling up on my lap purring where he belongs!

We got back to these lovely spring flowers in the garden,

I love the blue Pulmonaria as it's a true blue and contrasts so well with the greens and other colours.

And these tiny stripy tulips are outside my kitchen window looking very bright and cheerful unlike the weather.

It was good to be away in such a comfortable place - we stayed in this cottage:

at Bolehill Farm. It was so warm and cosy with a small woodburning stove and so clean with heating and lots of equipment all included - (I've never been able to blend soup at a holiday cottage before!) They seem to have gone to a lot of trouble to go the extra mile for people, so I can highly recommend the place if you like Derbyshire.

We only managed one cycle ride and a lovely walk along part of Lathkill Dale in the sun:

before it snowed! The rest of the time we explored local towns and their coffee and tea shops!
So it's been a good break but it will take me a while to catch up with everyone and find out what you've been up to!

Happy Easter to you all.


  1. Happy Easter to you and your family!!!
    What a lovely place you've been too! I have just visited the website and it is really an enchating place!
    I bet Archie is so happy to see you again now :)
    Have a lovely weekend,
    my dear friend!

  2. Awww the Peak District - how lovely!! One of of the places on my list to visit - one day, one day!

    Glad you had a lovely break - the cottages look amazing and the scenery just breathtaking! It's been a mad week weather-wise but hopefully it'll settle soon.

    Awww great to see Archie looking so lovely as always - he's a gorgeous kitty, he really is.

    You have some beautiful flowers there - spring is really in the air.

    Have a great Easter and welcome back!

    Take care

  3. The cottage looks lovely. Shame about the weather but at least you made what you could of it.
    Happy Easter x

  4. Welcome home. Looks like you had a fab break. I am sure Archie missed you just as much, he is so so cute! Gorgeous flowers in your photos, it is lovely seeing things come to life now isn't it.

  5. Oh happy memories - I walked up Lathkill Dale on a geography field course in 1972!!!!! Life was such a giggle then - where did those years go. Glad you had a good break. Hope you have a lovely Easter Day too.

  6. Oh, it looks like a slice of heaven to me. What a wonderful holiday you had--except for the snow. LOL.

    I can see why the woman at the cattery wouldn't have wanted to give Archie back; he's such an adorable young cat.

    Happy Easter to you all. :-)

  7. Snow? You just don't expect snow in the Easter hols, do you?
    Your garden is looking lovely - I wish I had so much colour in mine.
    Archie is so cute - I bet you missed him loads!
    Love Kathy xxx

  8. What lovely flowers! I don't get to see flowers like that here in Florida!The countryside from your vacation is so pretty!

  9. Bet Archie missed you too! Where you stayed looks lovely.
    Happy Easter

  10. How lovely ... and what memories it brought back for me. I'm originally from Derbyshire (Chesterfield) and although I've lived most of my life in Australia, there's a huge pull to England, and Derbyshire will always take up a big part of my heart. I love walking in the Peak District, and one of my favourite towns in Bakewell ... did you go there?
    Was Archie peeved to have been left at the cattery, or just too happy to see you again. He's a character and I love hearing about his antics. Big cuddles to him.

  11. What a lovely cottage. We often stay in holiday cottages and know how a really well equipped one can make the holiday very special. Glad you had a good time and hope Archie enjoyed his holiday too.
    A x

  12. I can see where she would want to keep him. So so cute. Also, your cottage is lovely.

  13. Oh what beautiful pictures. Spring is indeed here, and oh what a Spring it is turning into.


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