It was a long way, but we were eventually at one of our favourite campsites. We are in Blackwell in the Peak in the Peak District (http://www.beechcroftfarm.co.uk), and as it was now well into December, mummy put the Christmas decorations up and decided to get arty farty with the photos!
Unfortunately, it was very wet in the Peaks and mummy and daddy had lots of work to catch up on, before the Christmas holidays, but that was ok as we played ball lots and stayed in when it was raining, as we are fair weather dogs. Well I am, Jim doesn’t seem to mind, but I’m working on him! On Saturday it was forecast to rain a lot, so daddy spent Friday sealing some potential leak spots before the heavy rain came in, and then we just chilled out on Saturday, which was lovely! On Sunday, daddy had other ideas though, and so we went off to one of our favourite spots and climbed Kinder Scout. We love this place. There are a lot of streams and waterfalls (Grinds Brook) on the low ground, which mummy took some more arty farty photos of, and then we climbed the main waterfall to the top of Kinder Scout.
It was quite drizzly up there and visibility was poor so mummy put the camera away! It was a lovely long walk and we were very tired. Mummy and daddy had hot chocolate when we got back home, and we had a lovely treat biscuit. Not quite the same as hot chocolate though!
On Monday, we were very tired, so mummy and daddy worked and I tried to stay in bed for as long as possible!
and when I did get up, scratchy muscled in on mummy cuddles. Man that cat is taking liberties. This has got to stop…I do not share mummy cuddles with anyone, but unfortunately my growling just gets me shouted at, so I will have to come up with another plan.
On Tuesday there was a break in the weather (ish) so we headed to Chatsworth House, to walk through the grounds. We had only ever driven through it before and visited the farm shop, so this time we walked, and visited the farm shop!
There were lots of deer there and mummy seemed to get their attention
Then we came across a lot of pheasants, they looked like they were walking home after a hard days work, as it was starting to get dark
Then we found some more deer. Mummy does seem to get their attention, maybe she shouldn’t wear a bright pink jacket…
On Wednesday we had to take the car to the garage so it was a very long day in the car and waiting for the man to fix it. So when we got home it was cuddles time again. I tried a new tactic of jumping up and barking at the slightest noise, to scare Scratchy away, but I don’t think it’s working too well as I keep getting told off!
Thursday was another long and boring day in the car as we went back to Birmingham to see the satellite man we saw when we were in Shropshire. All of daddy’s nice new shiny kit had arrived so we went to pick it up and get a lesson on how to use it. Unfortunately it failed at the first stage though….the satellite didn’t work! So new kit was going to be sent out and we were going to meet up with him over Christmas to get it. What a waste of a day. To top it off, on Friday mummy and daddy worked all day again, although they did put some more Christmas decorations up
This is my favourite decoration
On Saturday, we decided, no change that, daddy decided that we would brave the weather and go and climb the Roaches. This is quite a long walk and to be honest, it wasn’t much fun in the rain and wind. We’ve done the walk before and normally it’s really nice, but today I did not enjoy it one little bit! When we got back to the car the rain had eased slightly so mummy took another arty farty photo of the river. Getting bored of these now!
Sunday was a nicer day, and even though I was still sulking from all the rain yesterday, and still very tired, daddy took us to Mam Tor for another really long walk. Granted it was better than yesterday, but I was really tired. The view was worth it though. This is looking from Mam Tor along the Great Ridge
This is taken from Lose Hill looking back along the Great Ridge to Mam Tor, yes we walked all that way, and that was only a small part of the walk. We walked for hours and hours!!
Mind you, I shouldn’t have complained as the next couple of days were spent working for mummy and daddy and sleeping for us! Well that was until Tuesday afternoon. We had popped out to get the Christmas food shopping, ended up in a Tesco express and got everything apart from the turkey, which is apparently on order for collection on Wednesday from our local butcher at home, for less than £30! When we got back, daddy was miserable as we were leaving tomorrow and we still hadn’t walked the Monsal Trail to the pub he likes, The Anglers Rest in Millers Dale. So we headed out to the trail. It’s about an hour’s walk and when we got there the pub was closed. Oh dear, he was not happy and things were about to get worse! On the way home, we went the short cut across the fields, which we had done before, but it was now getting dark and was absolutely peeing it down. We weren’t expecting that and didn’t have our waterproofs with us! It was quite scary at times, and luckily we had done the walk before but it was still very hard to navigate. So it turned out it was actually a blessing the pub was shut otherwise we would’ve been walking back in the dark rather than dusk. So another absolute soaking later and we were back home with treats and hot chocolate and getting ready to leave early the next day, as we were heading home and we had a lot to do when we got there. Until next time, Love & Licks Rosie xxxx