Thursday, 15 January 2015

A winter's day in Buxton

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Well we didn't have snow in Cheshire this week but I feel like remembering the snowy day we had in December.  Snow suit, thermals and wellies on, a crunchy, slippy walk through Pavilion Gardens in Buxton. Over bridges, by a rushing winter's river, smiling at plenty of happy dog walkers and forgotten snowmen with twig arms and pine cone eyes. An old dog pottered over for a sniff and I beam at it and talk some sort of nonsense. Does anybody else feel more inclined to talk to a dog than a person?

Buxton is a beautiful spa town and the Pavilion and gardens are particularly spectacular. Surrounded by grand houses with bay windows and Dickensian front doors, it's easy to fall in love and want to move to Derbyshire.  In snow, it is pure Narnia and you could at any time expect a cautious Mr Tumnus to skip past looking for a Lucy Daughter of Eve.

The town has some lovely old shops like a toy shop I stumbled into and became my 4 year old self poring over figurines of animals and knights on horses. After purchasing a small painted owl to add to my son's toy wildlife collection we raided a local bakery for treats to warm us up and ate them unashamedly on a bench. Brushing crumbs away, we smartened up and strolled through the Cavendish Arcade set within Buxton's old thermal baths. Full of independent shops and cafes, it is a gem of a shopping experience. You must look for the original tiles inside, if you like that kind of thing, like I do with my enjoyment of sinking back into a previous era for a little daydream.

Onwards from here, see the Edwardian grandeur of the Buxton Opera House with lights twinkling through winter trees. I crave to go inside for a proper look around and would absolutely love to experience one of the amazing plays and musicals that it hosts. Not today, just an admiring cold breath moment looking up at its stunning fa├žade and a quick dusky walk back to the car so the windy roads of the Cat and Fiddle could be navigated with some daylight remaining.

16 comments:

Phoebe Thomas said...

Snow makes everything look so pretty and Buxton looks lovely here.

Clare Nicholas said...

I've been so envious of all the snow pictures. I want to build a snowman!

Caroline - My Family Ties said...

Lovely photo's I am very jealous that you have had snow as every morning here my girls check to see if we have had any! :)

Emma Smith said...

I'm a tad jealous that you've had snow. We're still waiting for some but fingers crossed it's not too late yet!

Lucie1979 said...

I am not jealous of the snow as I hate the stuff BUT your pictures are wonderful!! Some really beautiful shots!

Thou Shalt Not Covet said...

Lovely photos! I'm so glad we haven't had any snow here yet! xxx

sonya said...

Lovely photos - my kids were gutted we got no snow!

You Baby Me Mummy said...

Such fab photo's, we only had a light sprinkling of snow x

mummyoftwo said...

Brrr it looks so cold but so pretty. We haven't had any snow yet this winter (not that I am complaining!)

Mari said...

Oh lucky you with snow, we haven't seen one snowflake and my twins are desperate to see some. Gorgeous photos

Jen Walshaw said...

We had a little snow earlier, but it was overnight. The boys are so desperate for snow!

Wild & Grizzly said...

I've never been to Buxton but it looks like a lovely place to wander. We didn't get snow more of a light dusting of cars, although F still tried to eat it lol. x

Gretta Schifano said...

I love your photos, they're very evocative. We've not had any snow where I live this winter but we're hoping that some will come soon so that we can go sledging!

Beautyqueenuk said...

Everywhere does look so pretty with a dashing of snow, though I hate snow and am quite neurotic about it x

Globalmouse said...

Buxton looks gorgeous! I haven't seen snow yet this winter and would love to see a bit. Great photos.

Claire Toplis said...

I do so love Buxton it is a glorious place to go

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