The Pig Yard

November 2002 @ the Pig Yard...

November has been wet even for a November in England. The garden has been waterlogged so we have done very little of the tidying up in the flower beds and the vegetable patch at the weekends, which is necessary at this time of year. During the week Steve gets home in the dark and is too shattered to do too much whilst Jane is working and leading a busy life helping here and there.

We always new the Terrano was a good off-road vehicle but Jane decided to test it to beyond its limits. Late one Sunday afternoon rushing back along a farm track from delivering electoral register she decided to avoid some potholes in the track and finished up balanced on the edge of the track.

It took two tow trucks to pull her back up onto the road.

Steve received his birthday present from his brother in the shape of a new Nikon Coolpix 5700 digital camera. It has 5 Megapixel resolution with an 8x optical zoom, lightweight magnesium body and more features than you can shake a stick at. If it got any more complicated Steve would need to take classes in it. All new web pictures will be taken with this baby.

We spent a wonderful weekend away with our friends Susie & Jon near Carsington water in Derbyshire. This is our parting shot on the Sunday before we headed south and they returned to "sunny" Yorkshire.

This was Jane's first use of the new digital camera but this does not explain the look of complete shock on their faces.

The walk from Cromford up to Black Rock and back along the canal is one we've done before but it is very pleasant and takes you through some excellent examples of Industrial Revolution housing. This is an area dominated by Arkwright's mills and the lives of the workers required to work in them.

The dark waters of the canal make a wonderful back-drop for the trees.

When Waterstone's hit on the idea of having coffee shops in bookshops Scarthin books in Cromford had already been doing it for ten years. This is holiday heaven for us because we can browse old and new books and then finish the visit off with excellent tea and superb carrot cake.

No visit to Derbyshire is complete without a visit to Scarthin Books in Cromford.

With the October gales we have been busy this month gathering wood and cutting it up ready to season and burn during the cold winter. The log burner in the Library has been going non-stop to keep us warm during the dull November evenings. We have had a few problems with the central heating and although the weather hasn't been too cold the wood burner has kept the house really warm. 

The hunt for a replacement for the Nissan Terrano goes on. We have had very disinterested service from local car dealers - Hartwells - Freelander, Camden Motors - Nissan X-Trail and Brammels - Toyota Rav4.

At last we seem to have found a sales person who is interested in selling us a car. Avon Dale motors, Honda dealers, are keen to find us a Honda CRV to our specification. Watch this space for the next instalment.

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