Well, I’m back from England. What can be said of Joy’s and my arrival in the land of Author and his Knights? It poured. Rain came down in sheets and the wind whipped around the buss we took from the airport like a howling beast on the hunt. For most of the storm we were on busses going from the Airport in Manchester to Bakewell in Derbyshire, where Joy’s mom lives. We finally arrived exhausted from scant sleep for several nights and no sleep on the flight. Why do airlines delight in putting people with shoulders in the same row of seats?
The following day had lovely weather so I went to work organizing the geraush. What a job. This occupied me for the next two and a half days. Then I moved on into the attic. By the by, if anyone in the Derbyshire area is interested in old car magazines please contact me. It’s a free or cheep to good home with all proceeds going to the Weston Park Cancer Charity. I did make time to nip into town and donate a copy of Tinker’s Plague to the Bakewell Library.
We also spent some time visiting with some of Joy’s late brother’s friends. Nice folk.
On the Monday I went into town to look over the market. The fish and chip shop just up from the co-op gets my vote. Really very good. I also video taped a lot of the village. I have a book I am currently trying to market ‘Worlds Apart’ that is set in Bakewell and I wanted to video record some of the settings I use.
There is a very unique shop, Bakewell Auto Parts and Pet Food, (8 Water St, Bakewell, DERBYSHIRE, DE45 1EW 01629 814264) that anyone visiting should drop in on. It’s this little hole in the wall with all the pet food and toys you’d ever want to see. It also happens to be across the street from a courtyard that I use as a setting in Worlds Apart. My female lead and her best friend eat lunch there.
Of course no trip to Bakewell can be complete without sampling the town’s signature dish, the Bakewell Tart. No I am not talking about a woman wearing too much makeup a short skirt and a blouse with a plunging neckline. You have a dirty mind. ;-)
The Bakewell Tart is a pastry and the Bakewell Tart Shop brackets the a fore mentioned courtyard.
While I was in town I stopped by the Discount Book Store, located by the library entrance just down from the swimming pool. The place has incredible deals. I also dropped in on the used book store located by the river adjacent to the main bridge.
While walking along the river, which is lovely, I came across an organization displaying various birds of prey. They were lovely. This group tries to preserve these magnificent creatures.
Then came the day to leave. The skies opened up and rain poured down. Our flight left on time and we got back to Pearson international in time for the skies to open up and pour down. At least for the flight back Joy and I got to sit together and the movies were OK and good in that order. The latest Shrek and Iron Man 2. Iron Man 2 still impresses me. I also got through a complete popular science magazine, meaning I’m almost caught up on my periodicals.
So there you have it. It beats being tied up having red hot pokers applied to one’s skin after which the burnt flesh is cut away and the process is repeated. One of the lovely things done to suspected witches during the burning times. Nothing is ever forgotten! Talking about World’s Apart brought it to mind.
Keep smiling and have a good one. Cheers
Causes Stephen Pearl Supports
World Wildlife Fund, SPCA, Farley foundation, CNIB,