BT - The Crafty Gardener: The Daily Life of a 'Blow In' to Ireland from the UK, how we try and tame 5 acres and live with the weather - plus my family and crafting exploits.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
UK Trip to Chesterfield.
Trip to Chesterfield, Derbyshire
What fun I had too. I stayed with my daughter K and her two wives Rachel and Luisa. K and I went to see the play 'Equus' at Chesterfield Pomegranite Theatre on the Thursday night and it was simply superb. As an added bonus, after the play, the cast all came to the bar for a question and answer session. As a thespian myself, I really enjoyed that and K and I had a great informal chat with the director and the leading man who played Dysart.
During the day on Thursday, K, Rachel and I went into town as it was the second hand market there. We wandered around the stalls and Rachel was amazed at how long we were out - 4 hours! It's a novelty for me to go as in Ireland I haven't found much in the way of car boot sales or second hand stalls. I picked up a few bits and pieces for my craftwork for pennies. Here are a few photos of the day:
I rather liked this splendidly colourful zebra.
K bought this splendid 'Hulk' hand for Lu - I love this shot.
Fun bits and bobs - I like the tiles very much.
K chatting to Rachel who was flicking through one of her purchases from the market. We had chips for lunch with melted cheese on top. Delicious!
A colourful rail of scarves.
Wow, foot long hot dogs! We managed to resist but they sure sounded good.
The following day we walked round the market 'proper' and I can't remember which day some of the pictures were taken! Not that it matters. This splendid shire horse and cart were there on Friday:
When I called his name, Ben, he turned and looked at me! What a fantastic face.
A carousel was there but all covered over. I can imagine the ghostly horses riding round during the night!
The main feature of Chesterfield is the church, known as 'The Crooked Spire'. Here you can see why:
There are many lovely old building in Chesterfield too.
Another highlight of my visit was a wonderful carvery meal shared with 11 of my family. We were there from 1pm until after 4pm and never stopped talking and laughing.
We all look a bit 'at sea' in this photo! L - R. Kyle, Lu, Rachel, Chris, Rachel, Miranda, K, Lina, Kirsty and Tony's hair!
This is a better shot, taken by Tony. I am in it too! Kirsty and Kerry (top right) are getting married in May, so that will be my next trip to the area. The lovely lady at the top of the table is Miranda, my ex sister in law. We all still love her. The 'Rachel and Chris' on the bottom left are Miranda's daughter and fiancee.
It's a meal out I will remember for a very long time.
Sunday was my going home day but Kirsty came over again to visit me and take Lina to stay with her for a few days, as it's half term week. Liane, my step Grandaughter, also came with her son Connor and carrying her new baby, a little girl, due in June:
Here is Liane eating a healthy apple with her little 'bump'.
We had a bit of a surprise one morning, when the garden was covered in snow! It had mostly gone by the end of the day, luckily:
It seems very quiet back here in Ireland! BlackJack is much better and it's been quite easy to give him his medicine.
My toe has repaired itself well, thank goodness, and only wept once - when I wore high heels to go and see Equus!
Yesterday was a lovely day and I did lots of garden clearing but today the rain is back. As I have cystitis anyway - I'm having a quiet day and not doing much.
I have had a varied and at times wild life of loves and marriages, children and grandchildren. I am currently living in County Clare, Ireland, with my husband Jim. We have 5 acres of land and a traditional Irish Cottage. I love gardening and always have, even as a child. I enjoy photography, crafting, rag rug making, ATCs and fun on the computer