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Thursday, 6 June 2013

Enjoyable Day in the sun.

It was a bit dull and cool when I surfaced and got to work. I was going to make a shelf for Macy to sit on to see out of the window (where she likes to watch the world go by). Helen got stuck into making bread buns, sausage rolls, meatballs and tomato sauce etc etc. The sun soon came out and it turned into a lovely day. After completing my carpentry, and Helen had told me that it was too high, despite agreeing on the height before hand. I also had Helen cut my hair so I looked presentable for when I go home. We had lunch and then went for a walk.

We just wandered off up the inclined path that was the plateway to Dove Holes Quarries. We passed the elevated section at the start that took the limestone to the New Road Lime Kilns. and then continued on the gentle slop upwards.

Elevated track way for the lime kilns leading to the trackway to Dove Holes quarry.

We continued on and came to an industrial complex. It must have been a mill of some sort in a previous life as there was a mill pond and race. The mill pond seemed to have some massive carp type fish in it and there were several black swans swimming about. There was a heron there too, but I think that the carp were too big for it.

Black swans.

On the walk we walked through a small place called Brierley Green and there was a building called Brierley Green Farm. It had two plaques on it that announced that it was the residence of a Joel Clayton who left his job as a miner at Buxsworth and emigrated to USA and was one of the founders of California and founded the town of Clayton. I assume that the plaques were there to stem the tide of Americans knocking at the door. Another bit of interesting info is that until 1930 the name of the village was the same as the basin ie Bugsworth. However the villagers decided that the name was not very nice and wanted to change it to Buxsworth which they did. The name has nothing to do with bugs but was named after a family farmstead. Bugges were the Norman people and the worth is old English for enclosure.

The Basin was brought to life again by the Inland Waterways Protection Society and they have a display in a container about the history and changes to the place. 

The Lower Basin looking East.

Having an ice cream with the horse transfer bridges.

Through a tramway arch with Helen on the Holderness.

Once we got back and had a drink I set to washing the st'bd side of the boat and then also polished it. Meanwhile Helen was deep in research of her latest novel!

Helen studying in the sun.

We then went to the Navigation Inn at the Basin for a teatime pint. It is my favourite time for a drink as it is unhurried and quiet so that you can chat to the staff and locals. We saw that there is a quiz tonight and as Helen loves a pub quiz I agreed to accomany her back again later this evening!

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