Friday 16 January.

A misty start with a better day forecast and by mid morning it had cleared. Down to Bakewell in the morning to get bits for the weekend. One cottage in today which was already cleaned so just did my final checks before guests arrived at 4 pm. She has been here before. Spent some time ensuring accounts up straight and finally have all the information to do my Dad’s probate etc. Decided to eat out this evening for a change. Tried the Black Grouse in Longnor but this was closed – permanently by the look of things – no wonder no-one answered the phone. Ended up at the Packhorse Inn at Crowdecote where we haven’t been since it changed hands a few months ago. We had heard mixed reports but we were pleased to say we had an enjoyable meal, so perhaps they had just had ‘settling in’ problems.