This morning we visited Liz's friend Gabi Reinze in Didsbury. Gabi used to work at the Manchester branch of the Goethe Institut until it closed down two years ago. She's now happily retired but instead of returning to Germany she's stayed put. A true Mancunian.
From there we drove to Ilam in the south of the Peak District where we met up with Sarah & Ian, Leigh & Al and families. Ilam Hall is a National Trust house with a twist. It's also a hotel. Well, actually a Youth Hostel, but a 'posh' one. Great to catch up with everyone, picnicking on the lawns drinking prosecco while the children played for hours in a huge old tree.