the last weekend

modflowers: Gradbach MillThe reason for the last few days of radio silence was because there was no wifi. No phone signal at all, in fact.

No, there wasn’t a fault. It was down to where we spent the last weekend of the Christmas holidays.

Gradbach Mill, which is in the High Peak, to be precise.

It was a celebratory weekend for sixty people to get together to mark the fortieth birthday of a friend of mine. It had been all organised and paid for months ago.

But by the time it came around, to be honest, I wasn’t really in the mood. I was tired and jaded and ready for a rest rather than a party.

So I wasn’t at my liveliest or most sociable. I did a fair bit of sleeping.

But Gradbach Mill won me round.

modflowers: scenery near Gradbach Mill We did a couple of (extremely muddy) walks.

The scenery was stunning.

modflowers: Gradbach treesmodflowers: Gradbach signGradbach Mill started life spinning the flax used to make linen. Built in 1640, the original mill burned down and was replaced in 1785.

Since then the impressive stone building has also been used as a sawmill, a glorified farm barn and for the growing of watercress, before being turned into a youth hostel in 1978.

We loved it’s warmth, it’s huge metal windows and the birds that flitted about outside.

And it’s charms were sufficient for me to overlook the somewhat underwhelming bunk beds – mine, complete with a pillow that smelled of sick…

modflowers: Gradbach Mill signWe ate lots of food (homemade pizzas on the first night and a bring-a-contribution buffet on the second).

And we chatted. And played games. And drank wine. And watched the kids do their thing (mainly running or roller-skating about and squealing). There were balloons, and a quiz, and toasts and birthday tributes…

It was a good bash and a good end to the holidays.

And, I think, a good send-off.

Because it wasn’t just our last weekend. It was the Mill’s last weekend too. The building has been sold, to a private school.

We were the very last people to stay in this particular youth hostel. Which made me a little sad.

modflowers: bye bye GradbachBut it was a good last weekend. ♥

3 thoughts on “the last weekend

  1. Great pictures. Sad that you were the last visitors. By the time i got part way through reading I was wishing I could stay there (with my own pillow!)

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