31 Jul 2015

July Garden Roundup

Even though July's weather was changeable the flowers in the garden continued to do their own thing. Here are some of them.

The roses have been ongoing. The phlox has replaced the oriental poppies and peonies of June. A clematis is beginning to flower after a slow start this year. The self-seeded poppies didn't turn out to be the purple Patty's Plum as I'd hoped, but a red variety. Nevertheless, they're still pretty and they draw the bees.

We've been enjoying the peas and broad beans, new potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers, salad leaves and some rhubarb. The two peaches are still growing and colouring up on the tree in a pot in the covered yard, which is rather amazing.   

30 Jul 2015

Scavenger Hunt: July

Scavenger Hunt is organised by Greenthumb of Made with Love Blog. Thank you Greenthumb. If you click on the Scavenger Hunt code on my side bar you can find out more.

July's list:-

D is for ?, wide, edge, cylindrical, feelings, mysterious, weed, joke, pile, speed, night, whatever you want

I had to use my photo archive as this month I didn't have the opportunity to find and take photos to illustrate two or three of the subjects on the list.




Roughshod Young Actors Company from Riding Lights Theatre came to the Cathedral in July and gave several performances of sketches on the themes of freedom and liberty that challenged us. Afterwards we were able to chat with the group over tea and cake from the new cathedral cafe.


The Cascade, Chatsworth. Derbyshire
wide, narrow -  
perspective distortion


'Chaise Lawn' by Deger Cengiz for the design studio 'Raw Edges' next to the Canal Pond, Chatsworth

A flower pot made from a piece of clay pipe demonstrates how ordinary items were utilised in the WWII 'Dig for Victory' kitchen garden displayed at Chatsworth.


One from the family album - Grandson no. 3, taken quite a few years ago.  Now in his early twenties he's still enjoying life to the full, which makes us happy.


I came across this abandoned house whilst on a walk down in the valley near where we live. Who had lived there and why had it been left to become a ruin?
Later I found out that it had once been owned by a local mill owner, then it was the out-of-town residence of a steel manufacturer before becoming the social club for the workers of a refractory brick works. As the valley remains undeveloped this building has been left derelict. The photo is taken from the lane as it wasn't possible to get any nearer due to safety issues.


A flower bed by the outside wall of the walled garden in the local park has been left in a wild state possibly to encourage bees and other pollinators, but that spear thistle planted as an ornamental will still have to be dealt with soon before it starts to produce seeds. Apparently there's a saying - Cut thistles in May they'll grow in a day, cut them in June that's too soon, cut them in July then they will die. For the moment the insects appreciate the flowers!


One of our collection of mugs - a gift from grandchildren to Mr. P. - has 'knock knock' jokes on it.



archive photo from last March at the terminus rail station of Roma (Fiumicino) Airport.
Le Frecce are a series of high speed trains connecting cities and towns across Italy. They can reach a speed of 250 km/hour. The above is the ETR600 pendolino Frecciargento 'Silver Arrow'.


On a warm evening in Italy my husbandworks in the garden. Dark skies and on that night there was a full moon........in contrast to an evening out at a restaurant in my home town.


Wild flowers and other summer-flowering plants have been grown in a patch in the local park. Although the creeping thistles have taken over in some places, the plot still looks very colourful. 

19 Jul 2015

A drive to Hathersage, Derbyshire

We pass one end of Ladybower Reservoir every time we spend time visiting the villages in the Hope Valley and I've always wanted to see it from above so recently we decided to take a different route on our way to Hathersage.  This took us up a lane on the slopes of Bamford Edge and then on towards Stanage Moor before making a descent into Hathersage.

On one side was Bamford Edge.

On the other (above) we could see across to Hope Valley (marked by the X), but unfortunately the woods in full leaf obscured Ladybower Reservoir and the River Derwent.  We would have had to find a way up to the rocky escarpment and then we would probably have seen the reservoir.

Nevertheless it was an impressive view (above) and knowing the landmarks we could see Castleton in the distance beyond the distinctive tower of a cement works and even the ruins of Peveril Castle (marked with an X)  and Mam Tor. Below us was the village of Bamford.

Stanage Edge and Moor

After driving some way along the ridge of a hill we were able to stop in the lane and see Hathersage in the valley below.

We could see the spire of St Michael's and All Angels Church, the walled kitchen garden and part of the cemetery.  I've written about this and the Charlotte Bronte connection here.

On Besom Lane is a row of cottages with small windows at the top.  This floor was once a button factory.  Conditions would have been bad for the health as workers breathed in metal dust that would have been present in the air especially in the needle making industry in the village mills.

Down in the village we parked in The Dale near Dale Brook and Mill. The Mill was a small works producing metal buttons, pins and needles in the 18th and early 19th centuries.  Here we sat and had a sandwich and some bottled water to drink before a walk up Church Bank to visit the church.

Views from Church Bank

The shaft of an ancient cross

It's well dressing and gala festival season and we had come to see the decorated pictures made from natural materials that are erected near the brooks and wells in thanksgiving for the abundance of water in the county. Donations go to a good cause. The designs change each year and are chosen to represent a Biblical theme, depict an aspect of that particular village or commemorate a national event.

This year the primary school's theme was the commemoration of Victory in Europe Day (8th May 1945) 70th anniversary.

At the Methodist Church there was another thought-provoking theme.

After our time in Hathersage we drove back through part of Hope Valley, through Bamford, passing Ladybower Reservoir again.