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Caught the train out of London this morning. Ended up having to run for it on the platform, but we made it. I was afraid that we might have trouble getting seats, as we are using flex-passes— that means we can get on any train, but we don't have a reserved seat. As it turned out, no one much goes to Derby in the early morning, so we had gobs of choices of places to sit. (And doubtless could have caught the later train.)

Since we caught the train, and it arrived early, and the rental car people just quickly handed us a car, we actually arrived before check-in at the hotel. The staff were very courteous, and the atmosphere much more relaxed. They refilled our water bottles and we wandered off onto the grounds to have a picnic under the shade trees. There are little fountains and streams all around, so the sound of tinkling water is everywhere. (Click here for sound of English brook babbling.)

We're snug in our rooms. Shelly and I went swimming. The three of us had the local Derby Beer and found it good, then enjoyed a nice peaceful dinner. Though we started the day running, we're ending quietly.

Pretty Pics:

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On the Train to Derby
On the Train to Derby
These are the faces of women who ran to catch the train on the platform—and succeeded!
Breadsall Priory Marriott
Breadsall Priory Marriott
Breadsall Priory was founded in 1250 by Austin Canons. (And was obviously added onto multiple time.)
Oldest Marriott
Oldest Marriott
Most amusing sign over the door of a Marriott ever. Since part of the building is 13th century— I suppose this IS the world's oldest Marriott. (Although they don't own the building. The gentry family that owned it in the 1800s are still the owners.)
Erin Picnicing While Waiting
Erin Picnicing While Waiting
Our rooms weren't ready, so we had a picnic in the cool green shade of the trees.
Shelly in the Shade
Shelly in the Shade
Since the train was early, we hadn't eaten our lunch yet. But though the train was lovely, the hotel grounds are much nicer.
Cindy with her Shoes Off
Cindy with her Shoes Off
Don't I look like a woman who's been doing non-stop medieval research for three weeks and is enjoying a breather?
Golf Course
Golf Course
Yes, amusingly, the hay fields of the old Priory have been converted to a Golf course.
Walls and Ivy
Walls and Ivy
Erin taking a picture of herself
Erin taking a picture of herself
Yea, this picture is better than the picture she got at that angle.
Fountain and pond
Fountain and pond
You can just see a bunch of wooden games that they have down on the lawn for children to play with.
Pet Cemetery
Pet Cemetery
Our favorite tombstone was for "Munchie" the hotel cat.
Front of the Hotel
Front of the Hotel
Formal Gardens Behind the Hotel
Formal Gardens Behind the Hotel
Trail between the Golf Courses
Trail between the Golf Courses
There's a little meandering stream and a meandering trail, around trees that were obviously planted. Since it's "romantic" looking rather than regular, I'd say the 18th or 19th century gentry owners put these in rather than the monks.
Peeking out of the trees
Peeking out of the trees
Giant Smooth Barked Trees
Giant Smooth Barked Trees
Many, many great-grandmother and great-grandfather trees. So big around my arms won't reach.
Beautiful Spiraled Trunk
Beautiful Spiraled Trunk
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DSC01477
Looking UP
Looking UP
After being in the city, so good to look up into leaves.
About the point where we turned.
About the point where we turned.
Eventually the little folly walk led back to the golf course.
Unraked Hay
Unraked Hay
Through the Gate
Through the Gate
It's so amusing that there is a medieval wall here or there with something modern cheek by jowl. (One wall of the indoor swimming pool room appears to have been a stone wall with a fireplace.)
Shelly at Dinner
Shelly at Dinner
We stayed in and had dinner here. Excellent Flat Iron Steak and a local Derby Beer.