28th December – Derby and Breedon-on-the-hill   Leave a comment

Yesterday Simon and I paid visit to my mother’s old house. Having lived there as a teenager and stayed there regularly ever since, it was a poingent moment to realise that this would be my final visit. Simon has worked very hard to renovate the house and its now ready for rental.


Margaret and Simon in the newly renovated lounge.




Before we left Derby we called in on another old friend, Nigel Mackie. Nigel was at school with me (and Martin and Tricia) and later shared a house with me for nearly six years in Leeds. Nigel still lives in Leeds and now that he is retired he has more time to visit his mother in Derby. We paid a quick visit to Nigel’s mother’s and went for a walk around Allestree Park.


Margaret, Kara, Amber and Nigel at Allestree Park


We wish we had more time to spend with Nigel but we had another old friend to visit.

Di Beech, the former partner of my late friend Clive, and a house mate of Nigel and I in the mid 70s, recently moved with her husband Steve to the pretty village of Breedon-on-the-hill in south Derbyshire. (Kara, Breedon-on-the-hill is a place name not an instruction to breed-on-the-hill!)  They have an absolutely charming home, an old beamed renovated farm-house that has even seen the nearby defunct bus shelter incorporated into the building. Later we headed back to Poole, arriving in the late afternoon.


Di and Steve photographed at our wedding in 2009.



Whilst the adults had a natter, Amber and Kara snuggled up by the fire.



Posted December 29, 2011 by gryllosblog in Uncategorized

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