April 23, 2009

Chee dale sign post 

Chee dale sign post

Yesterday we went for a walk.  It could not have been a more pleasant day to walk, as warm as any day in summer.  We went through Blackwell and down to the Monsall Trail making our way along the river to Chee Dale where there are a series of stepping stone along the edge of the river beneath a steep cliff.

Along the way we were directed by attractive new signs , like the one in the picture, which have just been erected by the Peak Park throughout the locality. It makes it much easier to find your intended way instead of having to guess  which way to go.

We saw lots of flowers including celandine, wood anenome, wood sorrel, .forget-me-not, euphorbia, butterburr and bluebells.  In another couple of weeks there will be lots of cowslips, violets, ordsc_0035chids  and plenty more  – a whole array of astonishing colours.  Our favourites walks then are through Deep Dale and Tansley Dale.

I don’t know how we think we can emulate or improve on Mother Nature but of course we always try in our gardens and ours is looking very floriferous just now – multi coloured tulips giving a great show.  You really shouldn’t miss it.  The mild sunny weather has allowed us to comfortably site out afternoon tea and pre -dinner drinks but it goes cold a little later.



April 4, 2009

We are very privileged to have in Buxton a famous Opera House.  Throughout the summer there is always something to entertain and educate everyone.

I am not going to try here to describe the Opera House  – visit their web site to read all about it  However what I want to do is mention the Buxton Festival  which is a seventeen day programme  from the 10th to the 28th July of opera, literature and music.  Again visit  for lots more information and booking arrangements.

Running simultaneously is the Fringe with lots of entertainment including theatre, music, film, poetry, jazz, comedy and exhibitions held in various venues throughout the town. Visit

Following on from all this we have a three week Gilbert and Sullivan Festival from the 1st to the 23rd August –