Road trip in White Peak

A few days ago we’ve been on a road trip for hubby’s name day (he is named after a saint and on that saint’s day is his name day).

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I wanted to use the guide I bought from TK Maxx a few weeks ago and hubby likes driving and exploring new places, so a road trip was perfect for a few hours out. We had to work and we left the house quite late for a day trip.

We’ve decided to take the shorter loop on the White Peak, the southern part of the Peak District. The tour started in Leek, a market town in Staffordshire. Leek is bigger than I anticipated, is an ancient town, from 1214. This town is famous for its double sunset, a phenomenon that can be observed if there aren’t any clouds around the summer solstice, more details on wikipedia.

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The Church of St Edward the Confessor was founded in 1042 and it’s a Grade II listed building.

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Rufford Old Hall

At only 30 minutes from us is the beautiful Rufford Old Hall, part of National Trust. Alongside Little Moreton Hall and Speke Hall is the 3rd charming Tudor building in this area. I think Tudor buildings are my favourite. The black old timber frames and beams, quirky and crooked with white paint makes them beautiful.

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There are guided tours for the house and for the gardens too. As it was weekday and we didn’t have a lot of time we decided to skip them. We’ll go back to take the tours when we have more time.

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Feeding birds in Sefton Park

Feeding birds is one of my favourite pass times. I like feeding birds and squirrels and swans and pigeons because I find it very relaxing. When I was living in Wirral I used to go quite often to Birkenhead Park, it was only 15-20 minutes from us and the wildlife was always eager to eat.

I feed them seeds, sunflower seeds or the controversial bread. I had a look on RSPB’s website about the wholemeal bread and they said is not the best diet for them, but it will not harm them in the long term. I tried to switch the bread with more nutritious lettuce for swans and they didn’t want to eat it at all. So, I gave up and I give them, as before, a mixture. I buy the seeds from Home Bargains as the price is great and the birds always enjoy it. From there I get the seeds for “my” pigeons, the ones what eat from the bird feeder I have in the garden.

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The goose was hungry, it didn’t take long for her to get on the shore.

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5 Good things

It’s been only 10 days from my last good things update and I have a new and exciting list. Yesterday I was very busy and I think this will go on for another couple of weeks. I will try to keep posting at least 3 times a week, hopefully more.


1. Veeno Liverpool opening night. I’ve been invited to the opening party at Veeno, Liverpool. It’s a family run business with wine bars in Manchester, Leeds, York and now in Liverpool too. It was a lovely night out, the staff was very friendly and the wine was very good.


2. Hooked on music in Manchester. I received another invitation, this time for a night out in Manchester in the name of science. Yes, a scientific experiment can involve drinking wine and dancing. Hubby and I went to the Museum of Science and Industry’s for a silent disco #HookedOnMusic.
The invitation said that scientists will be researching the ‘dance-ability’ of songs. It was an overhead camera that encompassed the dance floor so they can investigate the effect that catchy, earworm tracks have on the silent disco attendees. We have now to complete a questionnaire about the songs to see how much we can remember. It was so much fun.

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Blinds or curtains

In a couple of weeks it will be our first home anniversary. We bought the house as a project and most of the renovations were finished quite fast, we had our Christmas tree up in November. But, there are small things that are not done yet and I’m afraid we still need to decide what to do, like: Blinds or curtains?

The garden is as we wanted it to be. There are still some small things we want to improve, but pretty much the garden is finalized. The conservatory is 99.99% done, I have to add some cushions and I didn’t have enough time to allocate to them. The living room is 99.99% done, only the lamp shades are missing and this brings me to the post I’m writing. Pictures will follow.

I don’t know what is the best option for the french doors between my living room and the conservatory: blinds or curtains? Hubby and I talked about this subject hundreds of time, while walking the dog, and we are still pondering which one is the best solution.


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