This last week has been really busy, especially for Tim, who exhausted himself working on the bathroom last weekend. This resulted in Wednesday becoming a 20 hour working day for him!
So we decided that today we would go for a long walk, in Derbyshire. The forecast for the Ashbourne area was a morning of sunshine and cloud with rain from 1pm. Our plan was to walk for the morning and then retreat to a lovely cafe in Ashbourne for lunch and a look around in the afternoon.
Well, our best laid plans (well to be honest, hastily arranged is more accurate) were scuppered by .............RAIN.
Now I know I should be pleased, as we have only had 0.5mm of rain in a period where the average is something like 70mm, but did it have to be this morning?
As we approached Ashbourne at 8.45 (we wanted to be early) it started to rain - 4 hours and 15 minutes early!!!
We regularly go to Ashbourne. It is an interesting and lovely market town (which has had a market since 1257) with a rich history. There is an excellent range of small shops where it is always possible to find something a bit different. Ashbourne is the gateway to Dovedale; I'll post more about both the town and Dovedale in the near future.
Wanting to salvage something from the trip out we decided to look around the town and get a morning coffee (again to be accurate, it was Earl Grey tea and a toasted tea cake!). We visited a few galleries and saw some lovely art work, but nothing to suit what we are looking for, to fill the large space on our sitting room wall in Le Petit-Pressigny.
|The Opus Gallery had some beautiful pieces of art, ceramics and jewellery.|
I also wanted to find a good florist for some flowers to take as a gift to a friend who has invited us for dinner this evening. I found some beautiful irises - Susan at Days on the Claise posted about her Siberian iris today.
By 11.45 we were on our way home...... sans walk.
|Tissington, we had intended to walk the Tissington Trail.|
Within 15 minutes of arriving home THE SUN CAME OUT.
Still, we desperately needed the rain ....................
* We left the camera in the car, so the images are courtesy of Google.