Yesterday, whilst on our travels, we dropped into the village of Tissington which is near Ashbourne in Derbyshire for refreshment.
We parked opposite Tissington Hall which is still owned by the FitzHerbert family. The Hall is sometimes open for guided tours. Usually around the time of the Well Dressing festival and on Monday to Thursday in August.
We walked down to the old coach house to Herbert's Tea Rooms. I've just noticed it was obviously wheelie bin day!
A view of St Mary's church from the street in front of the coach house.
Another view through the huge windows in the tea rooms.
The Hall Well one of six wells in the village, the Well Dressings here are held during May for seven days after AscensionDay. When I was a child at junior school we always used to have a bus trip to see the Well Dressings. I have memories of the cattle grids you walk over to get into the village and the picnic we used to have on one of the grassed areas, bottles of water or lemonade and usually egg, potted meat or salmon spread sandwiches wrapped up in greaseproof paper and stored in a brown paper bag.
Trees in the middle of the village
Lovely door to the Kindergarten closed during the school holidays.
Just out of the village is the Tissington Trail, which runs between Ashbourne and Parsley Hay. I've taken you along parts of this in many posts.
I loved these old mounting steps with the view of the church behind them
On our walk around we spotted rose hips in the hedgerows
A southern hawker dragonfly? Can anyone help identify it?
and a migrant hawker dragonfly? Again not sure but would be grateful for help in idenficication. Edit - this one could be the southern hawker, not the one above.
Butterflies - not sure what this one is as it didn't open its wings enough to be able to see it properly, it was rather faded with damaged wings, perhaps a pale Meadow Brown?
Red Admirals on white Buddleia
and an adult Wren feeding one of its newly fledged offspring. It was such a joy to be able to capture these in a photo as usually they are so quick. All the wildlife were basking in the warmth of the afternoon sun.
Link to one of my previous posts aboutTissington