Countdown to Christmas

Wednesday 21st December was a fine day with some passing showers at lunchtime. Visitors in the morning and final check on cottages arriving later in the day before we popped down to Ashford to drop off another card.  They are progressing with the groundwork at the proposed Aldi supermarket although the store will not be open until sometime in 2018.  Two arrivals in the afternoon between 3.30 and 4.30, both have been before.  Put up another tree in a cottage and some housework. Thursday saw a frosty start and it stayed sunny but cold.  Two more arrivals mid afternoon, one has been before.  In the morning we went down to Bakewell to get last minute provisions then drove round to the Chatsworth Garden Center to see if they had anything interesting in the sale but we couldn’t find anything we liked.  We stopped at Edensor tearoom for coffee and cake before heading home.  Final jobs in cottages before guests arrived and two more Christmas Trees up then caught up on some paperwork.  Friday started overcast, it was mild but then it turned wet with strong winds in the afternoon.  Final preparations for last cottage to arrive for Christmas and then we headed off to Hartington to get some cheese and have coffee in the little tearoom.  Back home and preparations for our own Christmas and for friend who arrived mid afternoon.  Cottage also arrived mid afternoon, they have been before.  In the evening we went to the Bulls Head at Monyash for a meal then called in at Mark and Karen’s to wish them Merry Christmas.