Visitors to The Ship Inn

What a way to travel to your lunch. The Directors of J W Leese brewery dropped in for lunch at our local pub – which is just across our front field – and parked the helicopter in the field while … Read More

Spring in the Peak District

What a fantastic time of the year. Slow coming this year but we have now had 3 consecutive days of warmth although cold at night. Buds are bursting, the grass is green and growing if the sheep don’t get to … Read More

Otters Pool


Otters Pool, marked on older maps, is a tranquil bend on the River Dane. It forms part of our boundary and is below our holiday cottage and it is from this that we named the cottage Otters Retreat. Otters have … Read More

Picture of buzzard


A buzzard seems to have taken up residence here at Otter’s Retreat. They are not uncommon here on the Peak District and I don’t think that they do any harm. They may help to keep the rabbit population under control. … Read More

picture of Otter's Retreat, first snow of the winter

First Snow of the winter

Our first snow of the winter came very late this year in the South West Peak District and it has been no more than a covering so far. The weather has changed however and the cold and dry days that … Read More