Dan has been planning something for absolutely weeks now! For my birthday, I was to have a surprise weekend. It started with dinner on Saturday night at Ask, followed by a night in the Staff of Life, a lovely little country pub just next door to Calke Abbey!
After a good nights sleep and a superb cooked breakfast, Dan took me on some lovely walks in the parkland at Calke Abbey.
Featuring my birthday wellybobs!
I was pleased to realise that the walk that we had chosen went past Calke's second bird hide. We saw a mandarin duck in a tree, heard a woodpecker and saw both Great Tits and Blue Tits, and a Lesser Spotted Dan-Tit :P
We had a brief walk around the gardens and Home Farm to see the baby baa lambs. Our plan was to get a pot of tea and a scone, but the cafes were so busy that we decided to finish our walk and visit somewhere else for some refreshments.
We walked past the ponds and through the Serpentine Woods back to our car, parked by the Old Man of Calke. Dan decided to get a cuppa at Cattows Farm, but surprisingly, they were full up too! So we stopped off on the way home to get some cream cakes and had a cuppa at home instead!!
Thank you Pappy for a lovely birthday weekend :)