26 May 2017

My week and a visit to Tissington, Derbyshire

Beeley Wood and the River Don

It has been a difficult week as we heard the news and realised the seriousness of what had happened in Manchester.  It is not easy to express how we feel when we hear that young people and others who were simply enjoying an evening at a concert and parents who were waiting to pick up family members have died or been badly injured.  Several of our granddaughter's friends who are already at university in the region were at the concert. They're now supporting one another after going through such a shocking experience.  As for myself, my reaction after talking to my granddaughter was to go for a walk in a quiet place where I could gather my thoughts.  My husband had to go to the dentist for treatment on Tuesday and so I went for a walk nearby along a path by the River Don. We continue to remember in our thoughts and prayers all those affected by the traumatic events in Manchester.
Yesterday my husband felt well enough after his dental treatment for us to go out for the day. (We didn't feel up to doing anything for my birthday last Sunday. Our local daughter came to see us with the grandchildren and brought flowers and a birthday cake to share with a cup of tea. The other children, grandchildren and a sister-in-law in Italy phoned and there were gift parcels to open from thoughtful family members). 

St Mary's Church, Tissington

On a warm, sunny day we drove to Tissington in the White Peaks of Derbyshire. It's the well dressing season in Derbyshire and Tissington hosts the first of these events.  We planned to get there for the church service before the blessing of the wells in the village, but the drive took longer than we expected because there was a diversion due to road maintenance on narrow, winding lanes that criss- cross several deep valleys with cliff-like, wooded hills.  It was a pleasant drive through the shady roads on this scenic route.  Once we had parked in a farmer's field with everyone else we walked to the church and we were able to sit in the shade of huge yew trees and listen to the church service which was being broadcast through loudspeakers for those who couldn't get inside the small building.  After the church service it was possible to go into the church, but I was unable to take many photos because more people had arrived to watch a visual presentation about how the boards are prepared before the flowers and other natural materials are applied to them.  Instead we walked to the village pond area, my husband sat down for a rest and I went to find the other wells that are dotted all around the village to take a few photos of each picture board that had been erected by a water source.


Tissington Village has several little shops, a tea room, plants for sale in The Old Kitchen Gardens and Tissington Hall, the home of the present FitzHerbert family.  The Hall is open to the public on certain dates in the year and there are guided tours.

Next time I'll continue with a tour of this picturesque village and meanwhile I wish you a good day.

16 May 2017

Floral Bliss #21

Walking around our neighbourhood, park and woods all these photos were taken
in the last two weeks.

I've been reading about how intrepid plant collectors brought back specimens and seeds from far off places to grace the gardens of wealthy patrons and how these beautiful shrubs and trees have become familiar features of our present landscape as they grow in public parks, green spaces and our own smaller plots of land.  I shall, for example, look at the horse chestnut with its Springtime beautiful candle-like flowers and the seeds that we see on the ground in autumn in a different light. 



horse chestnut tree


 a mauve aquilegia (columbine) growing between other border plants

I shall continue to give thanks that our ancient woodlands are still there and left unspoilt so that we can see wild flowers such as the bluebell as the flowering season comes around each year.

Joining in Floral Bliss.
Thank you Riitta for the linkup