We cut our camping trip to two nights. Good lord, those camp beds were uncomfortable. Our camp site was lovely though, and the Peak District deserves more exploration. We camped on a small site on the outskirts of Hathersage. The nearest shop was over a mile away, which in an ideal world is the absolute minimum distance I would prefer civilisation to be. I enjoyed driving up and down Winnats Pass, though my feeble car struggled to match my enthusiasm:
On the way home we took detour to Hardwick Hall. We’ve been before but it deserved a second look. The house was built by Elizabeth Cavendish, a formidable woman who is well worth reading about.
Back to work tomorrow, so I’ve spent my last moments of freedom imagining all of the things that could have gone wrong while I’ve been away.
- Sphere, by Michael Crichton. Probably not the book for you if you are claustrophobic, or have any concerns about the probable existence of a malevolent alien intelligence.
From around the web:
- Our family has been using a private email server for the last couple of years. It’s good to know that our most important communications lie on a server that we own – but it’s not always plain sailing. Life After Gmail: Why I Opted for a Private Email Server explains how Helm helped Max Chafkin to take back control of his email, and about some of the issues he faced. [Bloomberg]
- There is a whole village built on top of a multi-story car park in Jakarta: Suburb in the sky: how Jakartans built an entire village on top of a mall. [The Guardian]
- Despite all the studies that show that social media has a negative affect on us, and their woeful handling of our private data, Americans spend more time on it than ever: America’s social-media addiction is getting worse. [The Economist / £]
- Enjoy these photos of people in the 50’s eating picnics: Flashbak