Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Ladybower Reservoir walk

Today I'm looking back at a walk by Ladybower Reservoir in the Upper Derwent Valley which I featured on my last Five on Friday blog post as a photo collage. It's possible to walk for miles around the reservoir with wonderful views across the water on both sides of the path by the side of the wall of the dam and also marvel at the way it was constructed to contain so much water and manage the overflow. Everything is solidly built and on a grand scale.

On the side nearest the water is a high wall and on the other side is a wide area and another high wall at the water's edge.  On the other side of the path there's a steep bank and views of the river Derwent, the water treatment buildings and the surrounding land which is maintained by the Severn Trent Water Company.

The water and buildings at the bottom of the sloping land is called the tail bay.  It provides a route for overflow water from the reservoir to flow into the river Derwent and from there to the river Trent. By ensuring that the flow from the reservoir is maintained, controlled from the two draw-off towers on the dam, wildlife is protected.  At the same time the energy produced from the release of water as it transfers from the reservoir through hydro turbines helps generate renewable electricity. The two pumping stations are capable of pumping around 170 megalitres of water every day to be cleaned at the Bamford treatment works which is then transferred for public use in the region.  Two large bellmouth spillway shafts also help to maintain the flow of water as they act like giant plugholes. At certain times when the water is high the sight of water flowing into the shafts is spectacular although I've only seen and photographed this sight once a few years ago.

the tail bay

a bellmouth spillway shaft

a draw-off tower

On reaching the other side of the reservoir I turned back, but the walk either way by the river and across a bridge to Bamford or along the path to the upper end of this great expanse of water would have been enjoyable.  

One of the sculptures on what is called the Bamford Touchstone Trail.

These were created to commemorate the Millennium to reflect memorable aspects of the village, old and new, with the help of a local artist, Jenny Mather.  Clay models were created by local families and then the artist arranged them together to produce intricate designs.  Rubber moulds were made to enable a resin and ground stone mixture to be poured in.  This hardwearing material was used to withstand the weather conditions. The finish resembles gritstone found in the surrounding Dark Peak area and the form to look like the standing stones that can be seen on the moors.  Sheffield University have made replicas of these ancient artefacts using similar techniques.  The touchstones illustrate air, water, earth and fire and are situated on a 5 mile walk around the edges of the village. A celtic symbol is present on all the sculpture. (Notes taken from the Bamford Village web site about the project).

As always, wishing you a good day.  At the moment I'm at the hospital every day and as my appointments are not at a regular time - sometimes at midday, sometimes in the late afternoon I'm trying to make the most of the rest of my day in between. Therefore, my blogging will be sporadic for a while, especially as I shall also need to rest as much as possible. Thank you once more in advance for your comments about the subjects I write about as I shall not be responding personally at the moment.  I do appreciate you. I shall also be reading your blogs with interest and commenting when I can,
Linda :)

Friday, 23 September 2016

Five on Friday

Hello everyone.  I hope you've had a good week.  I'm joining in Amy's Five on Friday link-up. You can find the link-up and see whose participating here.

Our local grandchildren celebrate their birthdays in September seven days apart from one another so this week I'm sharing some of the photos taken over the years when we've been on holiday in Italy. It has been fun looking through my photo archives and putting these collages together. 
Over the years especially since we moved to Sheffield in our retirement it has been interesting to see the two of them develop, progress in their studies and out-of-school interests. Our grandson (now fourteen) enjoys sports, is a good all-rounder and is doing well in football as a goalkeeper and in rowing events. This year he was voted Sports Personality of the Year at his school.  As for our granddaughter it's hard to believe that she has just celebrated her eighteenth birthday. She has another year at college before she goes to university, but will visit different ones soon and apply for a place where she hopes to continue her studies in health sciences.  

Our granddaughter hosted a birthday party for her best friends and we were invited to the informal buffet.  She bought and prepared the food, chicken, pasta salad, mini pizzas, filled rolls, small cakes and nibbles and also made the chocolate cake decorated with Kinder wafer biscuits and chocolate eggs.

We certainly ate well and enjoyed the party.  The weather was good and we were able to sit out in the garden during the early evening.  This week she's continuing the celebrations by going out for a meal in town with more of her friends.

Sunday was another sunny day so after lunch Mr. P. drove us down to Ladybower Reservoir and we walked from one side to the other along the walkway by the dam wall.  After the walk we went to the nearby Yorkshire Bridge Inn which is a pub and restaurant and had a drink in the garden.  I'll share more of the walk another time.

Meanwhile, I wish you a good day, a peaceful weekend  and I hope to speak to you soon.
Linda :)

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Flower Wednesday

Today I'm joining Riitta's Flower Wednesday for the first time.
 Autumn may be here for many of us, but there are 
still flowers to enjoy in our gardens.
These were seen in our city's  Botanical Gardens recently. 
Everything is still green, but some trees are beginning to change
 and display colours of the season.

In the walled garden next to the library in the local park
  there are some late blooming roses.

This is a view of the hills across the valley from one of our two local garden centres
and there's a cheerful display of begonias in the car park.

Wishing you a good Wednesday,
Linda :)