Alton Bridge Hotel
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... 105 acre gardens. Naturally, Avery and I felt right at home and exhibited our most bourgeois behavior while touring the place. We also learned it was the setting for the Keira Knightley Pride and Prejudice 2005 film. Here is a video summary slide show and a bunch of pictures from the ...
An easy drive up - 150 miles getting 25-27 MPG from the Disco. After the previous escapades with it, a really nice smooth drive getting just above 50mph allowing for a lower gearing. Gearbox light in just a couple of times on some climbs but after a cruise it went out. Nice flat pitches although used wooden block under sink to correct levelling. Sat as ever took a little ...
After a couple of recharge days spent at David and Judy's we venture out again, this time into the Peak District. A little preparation of the kids expectation as we leave so they aren't disappointed after getting used to the peaks of Switzerland, these are not the same sort of peaks! We leave Congleton and head into the Peak District toward Buxton. A pleasant drive however the next leg ...
... managed a slightly quicker lap - for this one I actually felt I was racing, helped by my wearing just shorts, shoes and vest this time. The rain made it a little darker, but it was still light. Officially we needed torches if we set off after 8, and the unofficial announcement was "wear them when it's dark, but I recommend them now". To me that seemed daft, and indicative of yet another person who switches the lights on at 7 in summer. Oh good, broad daylight, only now everything ...
... house. After the Great House it was time to head to Jane Austen's cottage!
Jane Austen's cottage was quaint and beautiful. I saw the her writing desk, and played her piano! Her bedroom had pink floral wallpaper and she had a pretty canopy bed. The gardens had wonderfully beautiful flowers and I bought a beautiful copy of "Pride and Prejudice" and read it for a little while in the garden. It was a picturesque moment to end a picturesque day.