By Sara Jayne:  On a typically variable English summer day, ten members enjoyed a lovely day out to view the summer rose gardens at Hopton Hall, in Carsington, Derbyshire.  After our adventures navigating around road closures due to flooding and road works – I mean, after enjoying the scenic route to the hall – we found a warm welcome in the tea room at Hopton Hall, located at the top of the walled garden, which was absolutely full of roses.  The sun came out as we finished our tea and cake, and we then set off and enjoyed walking around the 2km of trails through the gardens and around the ponds, seeing a variety of flowers and plants along the way, along with some ducks with ducklings on a pond.  After taking in the sights, we made our way to The Miner’s Arms pub in Carsington, where we found a large table to suit us, and a satisfying repast.  We then set off home again, having enjoyed our time together on our lovely day out.

Take a look at the Photos page for more pictures of the day.