HaPpY nEw YeAr everyone and welcome to 2016!
As you can see, our New Year's Day hike was mega spooky, seeing as we didn't set off til dusk and ventured onto Wharncliffe Chase in the near dark. Mind you we're well used to exploring in the dusk after experiencing the Polar Night just a few weeks ago.
Kicked off Christmas with a visit to Showboat at the Crucible which was an amazing production, probably their best Christmas show ever, and they are always good. Great reviews and still on til 23 January.
But back to our hike - there was plenty of ice aboutand wild barren winter moors
and for the final leg through Greno Woods, it was torches all the way
but soon home to a welcome hot cuppa and reminiscences of a wonderful Christmas.
Mum managed to get over the Pennines to share it with us and enjoyed a Christmas morning toast.
until finally we were all happily opening
thank you hugs
and a windy visit to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park on Boxing Day
to see the amazing Bill Viola works
then some emergency mince pie and jam tart replenishing
until it was home for Grandma and London for the rest of us.
Final dinner in Shoreditch after a great 24hrs London buzz, meeting up with friends and braving the sales
Great overnight stay at Park Farm on the Shuckburgh Estate in deepest Warwickshire
skull and crossbones on the little church
and this is the 'big house' - all very 'private'
Then an interesting visit to Napton on the Hill and the church of St Lawrence
with its precarious graves
And after a tasty homemade lunch and warm welcome in the village post office, we visited a lovely old friend in Dudley then home and ready to welcome the New Year with our usual hike up the top of Grenoside to see all the fireworks. And glorious it was - a clear night, bright stars, half moon and the whole city shimmering at our feet.
HaPpY nEw YeAr