Even being in a queue from the M57 right to Glossop couldn’t dim our enthusiasm for the trip. Then just after Dinting I turned right towards Marple and went through Hayfield before joining the A6 and missing the rest of queue and benefiting from the fabulous country views.
Now this is starting to worry me because my childhood was spent in the country (mainly Lincolnshire and Rutland), does this mean I’m losing my love of the big(ish) city?
Anyway we arrived in Buxton to find it too bathed in sunshine and teaming with life. The Opera house positively shone in the warm spring sunshine. And Spring Gardens itself was very busy and all the shops nearby seemed to be bristling with people browsing and shopping.
Meanwhile our time in the queue had really pushed our stomachs beyond endurance and lunchtime so we went to Waitrose to select a sandwich. Unfortunately none of us were impressed with what they had to offer so went next door to Marks and Spencer where I’m happy to report our sandwich needs were fulfilled Plus as an added bonus I sneaked a couple of cheese and ham crepes into the shopping basket for when we got home!
The reason we’d gone to Buxton in the first place was to see one of Kay’s friends Mothers house as they were selling it and it had some interesting Victoriana that would be useful in the museum.
Sure enough they’d got a rather lovely Singer sewing treadle currently in pride of place in the kitchen at the Hall. They also kindly gave us a chair and loaded us down with other things that will really help the hall to look even more lived in and give everyone the chance to see what life was like in Victorian times.
If you’d like to come and see that sewing machine, and another hand machine they gave us come on down to Clayton Hall on the 16th April (it’s open every third Saturday).