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
Took my lunch out to The Five Wells chamber today. Rooks ,Ravens and skylarks. Great skies and views!
Listening : Cunning Folk
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
A glorious March day finds if wandering on the Eastern moorland .The day is truly lovely with a warmth in the sun . The highlight of the day was finding a sunbathing Adder by the side of path .What a beautiful creature he was. He was certainly sleepy but once aware of us the snake casually slipped away into the undergrowth.A wonderful gift. We were making our way back commenting on the lack of bird life when almost out of nowhere a Hen Harrier flushed a lark (?) into the air and proceeded to catch him in mid flight. Absolutely amazing. The hawk took his prey to ground before flying overhead his catch clearly visible in his talons. Our day was capped by a pair of beautiful Ravens , their glossy plumage glistening in the afternoon sunlight, landing close by, unconcerned by our presence. Tea and flapjack with a great view rounded things off perfectly!
Listening : Pefkin/Bell Lungs
Another glorious day. The ancient is calling . Minninglow . The sun is warm and the ancient site awaits . Breathe in the air ,the views are spectacular and we have fun creating an offering to the spirits of place. Sue spots a Buzzard so high it is almost out of site .He or She is joined by a partner and they mew to each other high above.It is hard to leave such a special place on a day like today. Just as we are moving off the familiar “cronk” of a Raven .Not one but two .They bless us by flopping and swooping ,their strange noises echoing down to us.They head off South West and we follow.
Listening : Piblokto “colourless fields”