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A spin around Quarry Bank

A spin around Quarry Bank

This week we decided to return to Cheshire, to the National Trust cotton mill Quarry Bank, built in 1784. We’ve been there many times before, but its always interesting to return every so often to see what’s changed, particularly in the gardens. Yet again the sky was grey, with not a drop of golden sun to be seen, but it was at least dry. The trees did, however, provide us with plenty of autumn colours. We Brits are easily pleased!

A walk around Wightwick Manor and Gardens

A walk around Wightwick Manor and Gardens

We were heading to the Midlands for the weekend, so we decided to stop off at Wightwick Manor, Wolverhampton, as we’d heard good things about it during last year’s visit to nearby Moseley Old Hall (not yet blogged about but highly recommended!).

Wightwick (pronounced ‘wittick’) Manor was built in 1887 for the Mander family. Mander Brothers was a local manufacturer of varnish, paint and printing ink and was a major employer in the area.

A low level weekend in the Lake District

A low level weekend in the Lake District

When we invited our parents for a weekend in the Lake District we didn’t give much thought to how we would spend our time. We were confident that they could not fail to be impressed by the scenery, particularly as one of them had only been to the area once, 30 years ago. One thing was sure, with two willing but less sprightly seniors, a middle-aged dodgy knee and a car that didn’t perform well on hills, it was clearly not going to be a high altitude experience.