On Monday we braved the icy roads to drive to Ashbourne, where we had a table booked for lunch at the Okeover Arms, in nearby Mappleton. We’d intended to go early,either to have a look around the shops, many of which are the small independent type which I prefer, or make the most of the crisp, sunny day to walk around Ilam, Thorpe Cloud or Tissington. Well, that was the plan BEFORE we realised that our central heating wasn’t working.
Tim had a fiddle, but beyond an initial flare the boiler didn’t seem to want to fire up. As we didn’t have much time we decided to buy a couple of fan heaters and an oil filled one from Argos, to keep the chill at bay whilst we called out trusty heating engineer.
This meant that there wasn’t time to call the engineer, shop or walk before lunch.
The drive was fine, with just a few patches of black ice, on roads which were fairly quiet. Our lunch companions had a more difficult drive, having to detour on to major roads to avoid the more direct route along un-gritted lanes.
We had a delicious lunch and before we knew it we’d been there for around three hours, chatting and eating. We were too busy eating to photograph the food but it was tasty, hearty fare, at very reasonable prices. My fish,chips and mushy peas were wonderful – something I rarely have, but thoroughly enjoyed.
Our companions… Nick (who researched the venue), and Jean.
Tim and I will be dog sitting, Rhiannon and Stuart will be celebrating with friends in Manchester and Tom in Thailand. For them and all of you a couple of versions of Auld Lang Syne by Paolo Nutini. Like Paolo, my preference is for the traditional version. What do you think?
Finally, all that remains in 2014 is to wish you all a
happy, healthy and peaceful 2015.