Pradoe 6

Finished the week with a few tasks at Pradoe then headed to the Peaks District for a long weekend.

We were well looked after by Chris and Irene Shimwell. (they are the parents of my nephew James & his wife)

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I felt very satisfied to be able to fit the new hydraulic connection to the David Brown. This was a task that was certainly beyond what I would have tackled in New Zealand.  


The cane enclosure had apparently not had a lot of attention over the last few years. We thought this would be a good project to get stuck into before the ride-on lawnmower was ready to go.

This is what it looked like before we started


After two long days we got the enclosure looking manageable. 

We then headed to the village of Youlgreave which is situated in the Peaks District. Chris & Irene hosted us for the three days we were there. We really appreciated their hospitality and look forward to catching up with them when they next come to NZ.

We visited Haddon Hall which is owned by the Duke of Rutledge. It was built in the 12th century and was dormant from the 1700’s until the 1920’s. (the link above gives you the history)

Haddon Hall
Chris & Irene with Ann & Graeme in front of the open fire in the banquet hall.
We walked down the valley alongside the Bradford river before spending a pleasant evening over drinks and nibbles with a group of Chris & Irene’s friends.


Ann enjoying sitting in the sun outside the Shimwell’s converted barn.


The following day we walked beside the Lathkil River and had a very nice lunch at the Lathkil Pub overlooking the rolling English countryside.

Graeme chill’n with Jess after enjoying the walk.


Ann love browsing in the shops at Bakewell and few minutes drive from Youlgraeve

Called into the Moorcroft museum and the Wedgewood and Royal Doulton shop in Stoke-on-Trent on the way home.



Whittington Castle and Ye Olde Boote Inn was a great stop for a meal and walk

54BC8015-0471-455E-AB07-C2B9955A1997Home again and greeted by an amazing display of daffodils back at Pradoe 




3 thoughts on “Pradoe 6

  1. Your hard work is really showing good results. Hope the unusual weather improves. Nice to see you are visiting some good historical places


  2. Hi lovely Ann. We’re having a end of term team lunch and we’re thinking of you. Loving the photos- sending you love and best wishes. Your RTLB buddies.


    1. I am actually missing girly contact. But having an amazing time. Quite. Physical work with huge areas of lawn to mow and gardens to keep tidy. Have booked to go to cycle the Danube. For 8 days in may. We are planning the month. In Portugal and getting much fitter. Have a wonderful term break. All of you. Love Ann


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