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Jun 7, 2012 - Bolsover Castle

The weather was miserable again today but I had to see Bolsover Castle which is just around the corner. It looks magnificent perched on the hill overlooking the town & I’ve passed it just about every time I’ve gone out so despite the drizzle this morning I ventured forth armed with raincoat & umbrella. The weather cleared for a while & I managed to see the ruined part without getting wet & fortunately it was quite clear when I was on the terrace with a magnificent panoramic view across the valley towards Sheffield. I couldn’t quite pick out...

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Jun 6, 2012 - Derby

I’ve been north to Haworth, west to Chesterfield & east to Lincoln so today I had to go south to Derby. The town was rather unremarkable but I particularly wanted to see the Royal Crown Derby bone china factory. It’s not far from the city centre & was a pleasant 15 minute walk past lots of shops but then to my great disappointment this is the one week in the year when they close the factory for maintenance so no factory tours. I had a good look around the factory shop though & bought a lovely little Fairy Wren figurine. So then I walked...

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Jun 5, 2012 - Lincoln

The last of the 4 day Diamond Jubilee weekend so I wanted to stay away from anywhere too crowded & Lincoln seemed a good choice. It’s one of the major cathedrals that I didn’t get to last year so was very much on my ‘must see’ list. I spent 5 hours there & saw most of it but just got too tired by about 3:30 & had to quit. The rest of Lincoln will have to wait until another day. The first cathedral, ordered by William the Conqueror & consecrated in 1092 was in the largest diocese in medieval England, extending from the Humber to the Thames....

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Jun 4, 2012 - Haworth

I had thought to go to Haworth, the village where the Bronte sisters lived, from Whitby but when I looked at the map it was actually closer from here. It was about 70 miles but most of it was on motorways so took me about 1½ hours to get there. The weather was much improved from yesterday – a bit of cloud but plenty of sunny spells. The museum was excellent & is located in the Haworth Parsonage where the girls spent most of their very short lives. Their father was the vicar & outlived his wife & all 6 of his children. There’s a huge amount...

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Jun 3, 2012 - Bolsover (pronounced Bowser)

I played a bit more with the Internet connection last night & finally got it fixed. I’m not sure but I think that somewhere in my travels I’d connected to a network with the same name & the security settings were different but the main thing is that it’s fixed. If any of you stayed up to watch the Jubilee River Pageant on the Thames, you’d know that it’s rained just about all day. I thought of going to Chatsworth but remembered from last year that it’s a really long walk from the parking lot so that didn’t appeal. I went out very briefly to...

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Jun 2, 2012 - Chesterfield

I still didn’t have any success with the Internet connection this morning so thought I would go to Chesterfield which is the nearest large town & find a Wi-Fi hotspot somewhere. It also sounded like a very interesting town with a Saturday market which goes back to at least 1165 & claims to be one of the largest open air markets in England. It was super busy today because of the holiday weekend but I still didn’t find anything I needed to buy. Chesterfield is also famous for the ‘Crooked Spire’ on St Mary’s church. It was originally straight...

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Jun 1, 2012 - Whitby to Bolsover

Definitely a Champagne Friday night because I’m in the lap of luxury. This is the nicest cottage I’ve had on the whole trip. It’s quite new & spotlessly clean with everything you could need. The owners built it for their grandfather who was 99 & very reluctant to move out of his own house. Unfortunately he died before it was finished but he did make it to 100. They only started renting it out last Easter so it’s had very little use. I have 3 TV’s – one in the bedroom, one in the kitchen & a large one in the living-room which will be great...

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