Category Archives: Peakland Journal

Dark Peak

Bright sunny day saw us on a quiet track in the Derwent Valley .The waters are low even for August but lots of dragonflies around .The heather is beautiful and a south Westerly breeze pushes the huge white fluffy clouds across the sky.

Drove to Glossop for a late lunch but disappointingly the town had nothing to offer.Unlike Bleaklow .Windy and desolate yet exhilarating.

Listening : The Gloaming 2

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Early August.

August weather is disappointing. Warm days interrupted by heavy rain and gloom.Not much chance to get out and about. We are quite busy at the Old House Museum with a new Installation by Anita Spencer.

A glorious day found us at Robin Hood’s Stride and Nine Ladies Close followed by a visit to Stanton Moor. We encountered two young buzzards along the way. Blackberries are ripening quickly as well.

Listening : “A Year in the Country” all albums

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April

April ended with a flurry of activity preparing for Open Studios for Beltane. The weather turned cold and overcast with a few bright days.A great day wandering west of white edge was a highlight as we followed an old trackway. Nearer home part of another old way is Dark Lane.A sunny morning revealed buzzards and we could hear but not see a Woodpecker near by. We also took ourselves out west to another of our “secret places” . The countryside is quiet though. A few Lapwings we heard Curlew s but not seen them in the flesh!

Listening : Dean McPhee “Fatima’s Hand”

 

 

 

 

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More Sunshine.

Walked to the top of Coombs Road today  .So quiet and peaceful. We were entertained by a nuthatch in an old oak tree .3 Buzzards circled Manners Woods and we spotted a couple of early Red Admirals. Lots of Hawthorn blossom and pussy Willow adorning the hedgerow. Wrens, robins Goldfinches and unusually for Manners wood a pair of ravens! A lovely place to be.

Listening : Cunning Folk

 

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April.

April has blessed us with fine weather but a recurring calf injury has curtailed any serious exploration s. After setting up my installation “Times Past Remembered” at the Old House Museum we managed a couple of walks around town .Much activity in the hedge rows and the rookery nearbye. We also took a trip to enjoy the Tony Cragg sculptures​ at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park on a glorious day.An added bonus a Brigit Riley as well…

Listening : Citizen Steely Dan

 

 

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The Old House Museum, Bakewell

This year at the Old House Museum I am curating a series of exhibitions​/installations on the theme of memories. Called ” the Memory House” we begin with my own personal installation “Times Past Discovered” .Found photography and memorabilia from my lost family history. A lovely opportunity ! Thanks to Anita Spencer at the Museum. My show lasts until May when a new exhibition will magically appear.details soon.

 

Listening :Toby Hay “The Gathering”

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Elan Valley

A fantastic few days with Toby Hay in Rhayader. We said goodbye to CARAD and took down the ,Four Birds Exhibition after the extended run. Toby took me all around the area . Mountains ,moorlands, forests Red Kites ,Raven and Buzzards.Such a fantastic place I thought I was in Lord of the Rings.we had a snowfall in the Cambrian Mountains which was so beautiful! I loved it there and hopefully back in the Summer to do something special

Listening : The Gloaming

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