Our daughter Ruth is back from Borneo, having had a wonderful time. She has promised to write a short account for our blog, so watch this space – we won’t pre-empt her news. Here is a photo of her waiting to dine at the captain’s table!
We can’t compete with cruises but last Friday we enjoyed a splendid evening with some fellow DRCS friends and supporters, at Haddon Hall. Matlock Rotary organised an ‘Evening Extravaganza at Haddon Hall” with all proceeds being shared between three local charities, one of which was the DRCS (Derwent Rural Counselling Service). The dress theme was ‘Dress to Impress’ and you must admit we did pretty welll?
To our disappointment most the other guests had obviously not taken the theme to heart but we felt pleased – and just a teeny bit smug – that we had! We haven’t yet heard how much the Matlock Rotary are going to dinate to DRCS but our party – all involved DRCS supporters – were very glad to support the event.
Throughout the weekend we have had the delightful company of our daughter Ruthie hot from North Borneo via London where she works, and Douglas and Beverley, two very good friends who used, a long time ago, to live in Parwich but Douglas’s work has taken him from here to South Carolina and now North Yorkshire!
They too were here for the weekend, the excuse being to help our friend Debbie ‘American Deb’ celebrate her 50th. Of course our Australian contingent, Sara, Derek and Tom, couldn’t be here nor Nick who was working all weekend; Allie Webster flew back from the states just in time to be at her mother’s birthday celebrations, barely – but successfully – escaping the hurricane .
The final little bit of personal activity to report is a trip today to the Eden Day Spa at Hoar Cross Hall with Debbie, Allie and five other of Debbie’s friends, to continue to celebrate her 50th birthday with a day of self-indulgent pampering ‘treatments’ and swimming, saunas, steam rooms, massages, facials even ‘nail treatments’ etc.
I hasten to reassure, we didn’t all do everything but we had the greatest fun and finished the day feeling totally self-indulged and relaxed (and quite exhausted, strangely!).
Thus ends our August Bank Holiday weekend news roundup: not a typical weekend by any stretch of the imagination!
Douglas’s Barn is available to book for short breaks 3 or 4 nights between 2 and 20 May 2016. Bookings usually start on a Monday or a Friday but if you want a break that starts on a different day get in touch. We are very flexible with bookings.
There are some new attractions added to the list of treats available with the Premier Cottages special privileges card. Amongst them are Renishaw Hall, Thornbridge Hall Gardens (new discounts), Hassop Station Cafe, Village Green Cafe Eyam, Carsington Water Sports and Leisure, Hartington Cheese Shop.
There are still a few free dates at the end of March/April in both Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns. Short breaks, 3 or 4 nights, which are not normally available are on offer. Please look at availability and give me a call or book on line.