Tales from the undergrowth - part 15

‘January, February. I don’t understand’ Who sang that. It was a female voice. It’ll come to me…fingers crossed.


In other thoughts; lets go all nostalgic. When I was in my teens (yes: I can still remember it. It wasn’t that long ago) we’d have Christmas lunch prepared and served by me and my Mum and then the family would retire to the lounge to watch Top of the Pops whilst my Dad did the washing up. If I’m honest I was the only one who wanted to watch Top of the Pops, and Dad did his bit to clean up after us all but we knew he had an ulterior motive. He may well have had soap suds on his hands but he was definitely picking the left over flesh from the turkey. Good on ya Dad.


The following day of course was Boxing Day where we’d laugh that the adverts on the TV suddenly changed to show us all the holidays we could only dream of going on. Most of us back in the 80s holidayed in the UK, and it seems we’ve now gone full circle and more and more of us are looking to Staycation and explore the great cities, seaside towns and rural locations our Island has in abundance.


Here at Stancliffe we can help if you are looking to take a break in the Derbyshire countryside. Within the grounds of the Hall we have Yew Tree Cottage which looks over the grounds of Stancliffe. It sleeps up to 10 people in bedrooms that all have their own style. There is a lovely kitchen for those who enjoy cooking but if you want to, in-cottage catering can be arranged leaving you to put your feet up after a long day walking the pooch. Yep. Our cottage is now pet friendly.


But don’t take my word for it. Why not take a look at the cottage yourself online. Just visit https://www.stancliffehall.co.uk/accommodation, browse the video and photos and imagine yourself sipping a cuppa as the sun drops down behind the Derbyshire Hills. If you make a booking the dream could become a reality – although we can’t guarantee the sun obviously.


And who sand ‘January, February?’ so far the name escapes me. I could look it up, but where’s the fun in that? March is just around the corner. Maybe I’ll focus on a song about that instead, but I fear a Travis song ‘Why Does It Always Rain On Me?’ may be more appropriate at the moment. Gotta love being a gardener.