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Extreme Dining

August 6, 2009
August 6, 2009 - Extreme Dining

Can you believe it’s raining yet again? Is this really August?  Just been to shut the hens up and guess what  - it’s drizzling again. What do you do when the summer weather is so wet and miserable?

Fortunately the Peak District provides many wet weather options including a wealth of underground caves and disused mines, such as the amazing Poole’s Cavern and the unique Blue John mines at Castleton. So guess what David and I did this week to avoid the wet? We went Extreme Dining in an old lead mine with our Round Table and Circle friends!

What, you may ask is Extreme Dining? Well last year the Ashbourne Round Table boys doned their best suits and climbed to the top of Thorpe Cloud with deck chairs, tables, candelabras, sumptuous food and wine, to dine in style at the top of the famous local beauty spot.  For this year’s challenge the men invited the Circle girls to join them underground. (You can read more about Circle by going back to the “Girls’ just want to have fun” blog or find your nearest club at www.ladies-circle.org.uk).

Covered in mud - such a glamourous look!
Covered in mud - such a glamourous look!

It was quite a struggle to squeeze ourselves and our equipment through the small mine entrance, in fact some of our deck chairs and tables had to be left behind. We had not considered how the lead miners in years gone by got down the mines for a day’s work! It was with some trepidation that I crawled through the small entrance on my belly, scrapping and clawing my way into the mine. In fact it was quite claustrophobic, and I was close to panic, but I was assured it was a short tunnel that rapidly opened out into a wider cavern and I couldn’t be the only one left behind – besides which the food was going down, so if I wanted supper I had to follow on!

The mine opened up considerably and after a short exploration we found a suitable place to set up our tables, chairs, buffet and of course background music. The two guides with us were perplexed at our crazy scheme, but soon warmed to the idea when offered a plate of delicious food, a doddle of an evening by their usual standards; in fact by the end of the night they were quite taken with the idea and how to market it to other groups – we may just have set a new trend!

Some of us even dressed for the occasion!
Some of us even dressed for the occasion!

It was a brilliant evening of food, fun and friendship and will certainly be a talking point for many a winter evening, especially as we need to come up with some exciting new challenge for next year.

Have you got any ideas for our next expedition?


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