I had arranged some time ago to spend the day wandering around Calke Abbey in Derbyshire with a couple of friends. There was a local food fair on and a good walk on a winter's day seemed a good plan.
It was a very good plan, yes there was a period of time when I was wandering around with cheese in one pocket and fudge in the other, but that is what pockets are for.
Further along we stopped and looked over walls and marvelled at the views across to Calke that we had never seen from this angle before.
It can only be described as a great day out and a good start to the Christmas week. There might have also been a stop for tea and cake, well, it would have been silly not to. I think it is fair to say that we made good use of the shortest day.