21 November 2017

Tootling

War memorial in Danesmoor
Recent Yorkshire Pudding posts have looked out to the world beyond my obscure little life, looked out to matters that concern me but  over which I have no influence or control. There's been Robert Trump and Donald Mugabe, plastics in our oceans, the plight of refugees and of course Jesus as a sausage roll courtesy of Greggs.
Shop in Clay Cross
Perhaps, like  a hermit crab on Henderson Island, it's time to return to my plastic shell and post about ordinary goings-on in The Land of the Rising Yorkshire Pudding. First of all, a big shout out for our lovely son Ian. He was on BBC Radio 4's "Food Programme" on Sunday - in a magazine item all about veganism and plant-based diets. Both he and his Bosh! colleague Henry came across really well. We are so proud of their Bosh! journey so far and it really seems that there's a long way to go yet.
Oakedge Farm
We listened to that radio show whilst out and about in the heart of Derbyshire as I was taking yet more pictures for the geograph project. For once, Shirley came too. We began in the former coal mining village of Clay Cross south of Chesterfield. She had never been there before and we had a good ramble round it in the sunshine, finding it far less downtrodden than its post-industrial reputation suggests.
Indian-Nepalese restaurant in Clay Cross
Then we moved westwards to the Amber Valley stopping here and there and taking short walks. Again, it was part of Derbyshire that Shirley had not seen before and she oohed and aahed about the countryside as we tootled along. Sunshine brings out the best in places.
Whitelea Lane
To get home we headed towards Darley Dale and then through the Chatsworth Estate to the village of Baslow where we had a light lunch in the bustling "Wheatsheaf" pub-restaurant before resuming our homeward journey. It had been a grand day out and yet it was only 2,30pm when we made it back to our palatial mansion.
Calf in a barn - Woodhead Farm
Eddlestow Hall Farm

14 comments:

  1. The second hand shop seems to have a thing for air guns... and mobility scooters. I wonder whether one is connected to the other.
    Beautiful countryside is always beautiful, no matter the weather, but of course sunshine makes it even more attractive. Nice to know Shirley enjoyed the day out, and congratulations once again to Ian and his friend for doing so well with Bosh!

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    1. I hope that the people who fire those air guns are not drunk and disorderly! We would have liked to look inside that shop but it's closed on Sundays.

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  2. That shop is seriously worrying - I'm imagining people robbing banks with their air rifles and then making a quick getaway on their mobility scooters.

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    1. In this there is the seed of an idea for a new TV crime drama series. In fact the title could be "Junk and Disorderly" - all set in and around Clay Cross. You will be given a part - Kayleigh-Jane - the giggly owner of Rick's Dog Grooming Parlour next door.

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  3. That is some junk shop, wonder what else they sell.

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    1. DVDs & pellets for airguns but no crosses made of clay.

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  4. Some good tootling helps to take your mind off Robert Trump and Donald Mugabe. At least Mugabe the person is gone but the damage done will last a long time.

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    1. There is such joy in Harare tonight. Zimbabwe has the potential to be one of the greatest African nations. Let us hope the naked personal ambitions of pumped up politicians does not get in the way of smooth transition.

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  5. Junk and Disorderly and armed to the teeth, even if it's just air guns and pistols. And the photo of the road through the countryside captures your day out perfectly.
    Alphie

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    1. Thanks for dropping by again Alphie and for reflecting on my pictures.

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  6. Sounds like a nice day out. We appreciate the sun so much more when it's not trying to kill us.

    The word "tootling" is not really used here so the only thing I can think of when I see it is the English translation of foreign (perhaps Japanese?) instructions for something or other that we saw when our kids were pre-teens - the instructions said to "tootle with vigour" meaning "honk the horn loudly" and it cracked us all up :)

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    1. FYI
      tootling - a leisurely journey.
      "tootle with vigour" - create a family

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  7. Another nice array of photos. I see an obligatory bovine features in one, which pleases as always...silly cow that I am! :)

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    1. Cattle are always watching me with dumbfounded expressions. I guess I am big in bovine social media circles.
      P.S. You are not silly!

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