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Spring Walk - April 2011

14 Friends, and friends of Friends, gathered in Calton Lees car park on another beautiful Spring evening (Friends walks are usually blessed with fine weather) for the Spring walk.  Good fortune continued when we found that the car parking charges were not being collected, and we enjoyed a leisurely walk along the banks of the Derwent in front of Chatsworth.  The house was not looking its best, a large proportion being shrouded in protective sheeting during renovation works, but the surrounding parkland is English landscape at its best.  In fact, the evening was so enjoyable that Nigel Swann was moved to verse in celebration:-

(with acknowledgements to Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Mikado”)

Chatsworth“The Friends who strolled out in the Spring
                    Tra la
Had weather more suited to May.
Cash for the car park we had to bring
                    Tra la
But no-one collected a thing
                    Tra la
So we walked off with nothing to pay!
The view of the House did not make your heart sing;
It was covered in canvas and high scaffolding.                        
            Tra la la la la la
            Tra la la la la la
In canvas and high scaffolding.

Spring WalkThe evening was sunny and clear
                     Tra la
As down by the river we strolled.
From the far bank, a large herd of deer                                      
                      Tra la
Crossed through the water without fear
                       Tra la
A wonderful sight to behold!
From the bridge to the car park,back we all steer;  The walk was completed with food and a beer.
          Tra la la la la la
          Tra la la la la la
completed with food and a beer.“

The Friends



The “food and a beer” were consumed at the Devonshire Arms in Baslow, and concluded a very congenial evening.






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