The Pig Yard

October 2001 @ the Pigyard... 

As the Autumn approaches so we tend to fit in a late holiday. This month we managed a weekend break with our college friends Jon and Susie in the Peak District followed by a few days away in the Cotswolds. Although October has been unusually mild it has also been very wet.
We stayed at the Farmyard Inn, Youlgreave or Youlgrave as it is named by the locals. It was comfortable accommodation with a decent breakfast but the menu appeared to be a bit expensive considering it was normal pub food. Click for a larger image
Click for a larger image At the end of Saturday's walk, which had been made all the more interesting by several hours of rain and a thunderstorm, we found the only tea shop around to be closed due to the "inclement weather". It strikes me that this is the very time you need a good tea shop. We did not let the rain dampen our spirits.

The Sunday walk proved to be an altogether better experience with some periods of bright sunshine and consistently good company. During the four hours of walking we were either reminiscing or discussing heatedly the state of modern art or the bizarre use of certain words and phrases as they become part of the modern idiom. Click for a larger image

Click for a larger image The weekend unfortunately came to an end and so a final shot of the two rag tops lined up, I mean the cars not Jane and Susie.
Our few days away in the Cotswolds took us to a small stone cottage, which formed part of a beautifully landscaped courtyard, between Banbury and Chipping Norton. We were in the building on the left. It had one bedroom, shower room and an open plan kitchen, diner, sitting area. This was a really relaxing few days. Steve managed to read the third Harry Potter book (The Prisoner of Azkaban) and Jane did some painting. Click for a larger image
We took the opportunity of meeting up with Jane's sister Carol. We did a circular walk from Burford which was started and finished with excellent pots of tea in Burford itself. Jane and Carol are planning a few days away in Burford for their mother in December so it was also an opportunity to inspect the proposed accommodation.
A topic of discussion this month in both of our workplaces is This web site contains names of schools and colleges and allows you to post your name so that people can make contact. Steve has put his name on his old college and Jane has spotted the name of a school friend on her school listing.


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