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Derbyshire Antiques & Collectibles – Football Programmes

I have a confession to make: I am no football enthusiast. It’s not that I haven’t been to a football match, either. When I was about 10 and we lived in leafy outer suburban Surrey, my step-father took me to Selhurst Park to see Crystal Place versus Queen’s Park Rangers, and about twelve years later […]

Country Images Meets – Adam Penford

When Adam Penford was about six years old, he went to a panto at Nottingham Playhouse but was too scared when invited to go on stage with other children to join in the entertainment. Despite returning every Christmas, he was never asked to go up again and always regretted it. This is how he assesses […]

Product Test – Clinique

Big Beautiful Eyes with Clinique One is a very big number at Clinique Allergy Tested. What does that mean? First, we formulate without known allergens. Then we allergy test every product 12 times on 600 people. If even one of those 7200 applications incites an allergic reaction, we start over. Does your skin care pass the […]

Lost Houses of Derbyshire – The Devonshire Hospital

Someone mentioned to me the other day that there were many other lost houses of historic and architectural importance apart from country mansions and town gentry houses and why didn’t I write about something just slightly different every now and again? Well, often the problem is that a paucity of images prevents one from doing […]

The Amalfi Effect

The Amalfi Coastline is possibly one of the most famous places written about in Europe. It’s not for the faint hearted as vehicles squeeze past each other and the cars seem to breathe in to get through gaps that don’t really exist. Where two cars won’t even attempt to pass, the local buses will determinedly  […]

Restaurant Review – Anoki, Derby

Walking along the leafy, broad street leading out of the centre of Derby, the innocuous stone frontage of Anoki belies the drama of the restaurant which lies behind. Straight in through the entrance and we were greeted with a warm welcome as the waiter asked if we would like pre-diner drinks, or to be shown […]

Walk Around and Over Swarkestone Bridge

Starting with Swarkestone Bridge, there are three other historical features passed by on this walk around the Trent’s floodplain near Melbourne.  With a total ascent of only 65 feet (20 metres), it follows grassy footpaths, an old railway trail, minor roads and a quiet farm track on its way around this historical part of South […]

Restaurant Review – The Old Poet’s Corner, Ashover

Ears pricked up in the office when they heard that this months dining out was at The Old Poets Corner in Ashover. So Jane was well and truly out of the frame, as Alistair, Scott and I pushed our way in to dine there. Since Kim Beresford took over the  ‘Red Lion’  in Ashover 14 […]

Pelham Puppets Antiques

In 2015, Bamford’s suddenly found ourselves completely inundated with over 1,500 Pelham Puppets – stacks of standard ones many rarer ones, mostly boxed and all from one collector in Lincolnshire. All which needed careful cataloguing and which formed the sole component of three sales, 16th September and 5th November that year, followed by the last […]

Derbyshire’s Lost Houses – Darwin’s House

In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, Full Street in Derby was known as the most fashionable place in Derby to live, the trend having been set by the construction (and serial enlargement) of Exeter House at the south end (see Country Images February 2016 or check-out on line). With the sale from 1768 of Nuns’ […]