Sunday, 4 July 2010

Marking Time.

Spent this week at Willington just resting. We have seen Graham & Jennifer from Best of Mates, these are people we first met five year ago. There have been some lovely sunsets while we have been here. The trains are still as noisy as ever and at our first mooring very close.

Yesterday we went to Kedleston Hall, another National Trust property just outside Derby. In the hand book it says to go on a Saturday because the bus goes into the hall coach park (in the week you have to walk about a mile from the nearest bus stop) what it didn't say was there was only one bus each way. When we arrived in Derby we had an hour to wait for the bus, this we spent looking around the market.
The bus left at 1-o-clock and arrived at the hall half an hour later.

On arrival we ate our picnic lunch then went round the hall. This Neo-classical mansion stands in some lovely park land. The Curzon family have lived here since the 12th century and still live at the hall. The hall was used for the film The Duchess.
The entrance hall has some impressive marble pillars.

Today we walked down to Mercia Marina for their open day. There were lots of stalls and attractions. We had a look round a waterside lodge, very nice. Tomorrow my sister Jennifer is coming to see us.

Just a note our son Stephen is riding the Tour de France course three days in front of the race, his exploits can be followed on and you can donate to his charity (The Royal British Legion0 at

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