As Mark had to work this weekend I was able to have a change of scene too and a trip up to Derby.
The town has plenty of shopping opportunities and a lovely shopping centre, (and a soon to be new bowling ally, when Mark and his crew finish, lol)
I did have a walk round the town and saw the Derby Ram
And discovered the bird man of Derby.
Twice I can across him feeding the pigeons by the river, I imagine this is a regular occurrence as he only called as he waked down the path and all of a sudden the pigeons descended.
Walking around shops is not something I particularly like doing, so on Saturday while Mark was at work I took myself off to Hardwick Hall, If you want to find out more about Hardwick Hall and 'Bess' of Hardwick you can, here, and here.
There are actually 2 houses, the Old Hall, which is in ruins and the newer hall which houses the most amazing tapestries in huge rooms.
You can hire audio commentary, worth doing as you get to find out more about the family and this once beautiful house.
Old bread ovens in the kitchen
The rooms once had ornate plaster-work around the rooms, you can just imagine how grand it was.
The views that the family had of the surrounding country side.
The new Hardwick Hall viewed from the old Hardwick Hall
Harwick Hall from the front, the newer one that is.
And the back, yes, it's almost exactly the same
Some of the amazing tapestries
One of the huge fireplaces
There are some lovely walks too but as it was still rather muddy and I didn't have sensible walking footwear on I stuck to the main grounds, there were still some colourful spring flowers to see though
And a cheeky statue, lol
I was able to use my National Trust membership for my day out, we made good use of our NT membership last year, although this is the first time I've used it so far this year hopefully we will find time to visit more places during the year.
Until next time