Treading Water

Discovering Derbyshire PART 1

The heart of England, on the edge of the Peak District…

On Tuesday, we went for a walkabout. Off the main road here there are many country lanes. Very inviting to go for a nosy round when the sun is shining, (it wasn’t supposed to be). Most unusual…

So we chose a little lane that had a signpost leading to a village, it consisted of 5 very grand houses all set in their own grounds, with about a half mile between each one. And aside from a church in the distance that was it. Nice, very nice…

The views there are awesome, it was like walking into a time warp, before busy roads had been invented…

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The Parish Church…

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The Post Office…

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The local cattle holding their Annual General Meeting, better location than the office. [Them cows are getting a lot of airtime on here]

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Looks quite grand…?

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Be a bit draughty though…

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At the end of the road, Farmer Giles’s place…

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“The common touch” outside a big posh mansion…

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And a monkey tree outside another big posh mansion…

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There aren’t many places left unspoiled like this. Fields, hills and trees as far as the eye can see. No proper roads and not even any intensive farming visible either.

I said to Dave that when we move to Spain for good, I’d like to remember Britain through these photos. But it’s back down to earth with a bump when less than 3 miles away there’s this…

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And this, after we’d got out of our own pit stop, oncoming traffic at a standstill…

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Total car journey: Two miles…

Coming up tomorrow: Off we go down another country lane, on foot, wearing trainers…

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