The Equinox seemed to sneak up on us this year but blessed us with a glorious day. We headed out west and wandered on a little known trail past Lud’s Well under the guiding hand of S.J. Hopkins. Buzzards and Ravens were out and about on a day that made you glad to be alive. Those darker cold times seem far away !
Listening : Jeff Pearce “for the darker seasons”
September has offered some beautiful days and in between taking in the on coming Autumn it has been a busy period painting for the last installation of the season at the Old House Museum and for an installation at LoughranHague. Listening : The Tarkovsky Quartet
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
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
After the craziness of the first 6 months of the year with Rhayader, Palnackie, the Memory House and the live show life returned to normal (whatever that is).
Time to get out into the landscape again and touch the earth and create something different.
listening : a year in the country
My Peakland Journal entries will be fewer for the present time due to an extremely busy period of time folks x Evenings are beautiful though!! Continue reading May 2017.
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”
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