A Day In Derbyshire

Harvey and I bade farewell to our lovely friends in Warwickshire and headed off to visit lovely friends in Derbyshire.

We had an excellent lunch in this lovely pub, The George in Alstonefield which is in one of England’s areas of outstanding natural beauty, The Peak District.The George This is a small pub and dining room so visitors are advised to book.  We ate in the charming dining room which was packed when we arrived but empty when we left (we had a very late lunch) so I could take some photos.Inside The George These peonies were stunning.red peonies Harvey had beer battered cod, chips and mushy peas.H with fish and chips I had a Gloucester Old Spot pork chop which was served with sauteed cabbage, an apple ring and creamy mashed potato.  It was delicious and complimented by the very large and very decent glass of Merlot I had with it.Pork chop and veggies I managed to squeeze in a dessert too which was an English Cream Tea Panna Cotta with a brown sugar and raspberry sponge and green tea ice cream.  Followed by a coffee.coffee and dessert The George Everything about the meal was excellent and I am looking forward to going back in June when we celebrate someone special’s birthday!Our table at the George Thank you Gini for organising such a lovely lunch and for driving and to you all for such a fun lunch and day out.H and the Smoths Derbyshire is such a pretty county and the typical building material here is this grey stone which is utterly charming.  Alstonefield house close up We went on a bit of a recce to find our perfect place to stay in June.  This garden ….Alstonefield Manor Garden which belongs to this Manor House will do very nicely thank you.Alstonefield Manor The weather was very overcast and drizzling but despite that, everywhere still looked delightful.  This is the graveyard of the little church in Alstonefield, the village we had lunch in.Alstonefield churchyard Leaving churchOur plans had included a walk in the Peak District but it was raining so we had a short drive instead so I could be reminded of how beautiful it is up here.Derbyshire stone wall This is near Dovedale, a particularly scenic spot we have walked in before and which I would love to visit again.Derbyshire stream Yes, all the vistas are quite delightful and I can’t wait to come back.Derbyshire vilage Today was not much fun as we had a long and wet drive home which is exhausting on the motorway.  I had been so well fed at Gini’s I wasn’t hungry for breakfast and just had a latte and a Bounce peanut energy ball on the 5 hour drive home.

Back at home I wanted some good nutrients so I made a smoothie with almond milk, blueberries, blackberries, blackcurrants, a frozen banana, chia seeds and natural yogurt.smoothie ingredients 27-5-14 Very tasty.Smoothie 27-5-14

I took the dogs on a walk despite the drizzle and felt better for it.  I have been slack lately but am determined to be better now.  So every day I must manage at least a 30 minute walk.

Eating was much better than it has been recently.  Late afternoon I enjoyed a snack of some of the provisions Gini gave me to bring home.  I had 4 olive crackers with smoked salmon pate which we bought yesterday in Croots Farm Shop in Duffield on our way t the Peak District.

salmon pate and olive crackers Supper was a very quick and easy wholewheat noodles with broccoli, red onion, red pepper and prawns.noodles veg and prawns

I have had such a wonderful time visiting very dear friends in two gorgeous parts of England.  It is shame they live so far away but both Warwickshire and Derbyshire are beautiful and well worth a visit.

I am easing my way back in to healthy eating so I can crack on and lose weight and do more exercise so I feel better.  One more day of ‘holiday’ tomorrow and then back with a vengeance.


About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in Hastings, East Sussex, with my son Harvey and dog, Milton. I have been fighting the fat for years but this time I am serious. I want to lose weight and gain health. This blog is about how I am changing my lifestyle so I can lose weight but not by just "being on a diet" but by making small changes to our lives so that as I lose weight, I gain health. I want my family to be healthy too and never have to struggle with their weight like I have. In common with many large people, I have gained and lost weight many times over the years. This time, I want to lose it and maintain a healthy low weight. I am interested in eating food that is nutrient dense and delicious and that appeals to children and adults. I do not eat animal products so follow a vegan diet. I try to use locally produced food supplemented with what I can grow myself. I support and try to use local farmers markets and farm shops. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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2 Responses to A Day In Derbyshire

  1. suzjones says:

    I always enjoy travelling with you. Thankyou for sharing a gorgeous part of the world. 🙂

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