Monday, August 31, 2009

Peak District Misadventure?

I enjoyed a run over Gardom and Birchen edges this morning, the Robin Hood car park was already packed. Birchen edge was drying out nicely awaiting the hordes of eager climbers on this August bank holiday monday. I found the run quite easy, the few runs I have been doing are paying off.

On returning home we got ready fairly quickly and Keisha had time to make cookies
we left the house with the intention of heading to Lathkill dale. Our departure from home was late and there was the usual bank holiday volume of visitors, enjoying the Peak District, on a day off from work. We decided that this little trip was poorly planned and re-thought our ideas. This was somewhat disappointing as we were all looking forward to getting out.

We decided to return home and do some jobs around the garden, our first stop was the Pump Inn (photograph on geograph) at Barlow. Barlow is a lively Derbyshire village on the edge of the Peak district a focal annual event is the well dressing and carnival dring August. This turned out to be a great idea we enjoyed a excellent food in a most relaxing environment.

Afterwards Keisha and Louis enjoyed playing outside in the beer garden with it's playground.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Linacre woodland festival

The Linacre woodland festival was a day of fun for both adults and children. We enjoy the carvings on our regular visits and its great to see them being produced. There we were some excellent demonstrations of modern forestry techniques from plank making, chainsaw and tree management. It was good to see all of the crafts many of the stool holders are passionate about their crafts and encourage you to be interested.

We were all entranced by the songs, stories, jokes and wisdom of the Greenman. As well as teaching recognition of the different trees in the woods. He was talking about the benefits of rowan berry juice and the use of sloe berries. For those like ourselves who are curious about the Green man here are some interesting leads.

There was plenty to try and see from Harry Potter magic wands to making your own stick creatures. There is also the opportunity to try wood turning using a pole lathe.
The photograph above shows someone making a Besom. Besom making this is basically the art of broom stick making. An excellent account is provided by one of the stall holders a traditional wood turner from Edale. As a result of writing this entry I found some interesting discussion forums covering a range of outdoor and bushcraft topics for example food, crafts and survival skills. Linacre forest
has excellent walks and provides a great location for a run.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Fungi fun at Birchen Edge

An evening walk to Birchen edge included finding an abundance of interesting fungi, watching the climbing at Birchen edge and enjoying a short scramble up an easier section of the edge.

The evening was bright and warm, a refreshing change after days of rain. K was particularly excited and full of energy. L on Mikes back looked on curiously as we clambered over the rocks and on up over the edge. K is developing both confidence and competence with scrambling. Something that we should perhaps continue to develop. Once on the top of the edge we clambered over the three boulders known as the three ships (a previous blog entry provides some information about the three ships and Nelsons monument).

On our return to the Robin Hood Inn K kept telling me to stop if I walked too fast. K told me to hold my hands in the air and say "barp ..... barp...... barp.... barp.....".
Below are some pictures of some the fungi that we found including the names. These were determined from the following guides.

First nature fungi identity guide
Fungi photolibrary
Wild about britain fungi section

Macrolepiota procera Parasol mushroom
Amanita muscaria Fly Agaric
Stropharia aurantiaca Redlead roundhead

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Bakewell show reveals an adrenaline junkie in the making

We woke up to blue skies, an ideal day for the show. The bakewell show has been running for nearly 180 years, ironically the first show was held in Chesterfield in 1819. The show has only been cancelled three times once due to foot and mouth disease back in 1888 and then for during both of the first and second world wars. It became a two day event in 1980 ( We arrived early to beat the crowds and to park close to the show in one of the official car parks.
However people were already pouring into the ground, we passed a lone piper and went in. Firstly making our way along the many stalls selling their goods, there were stalls selling anything from handbags to bulbs. K had her own agenda and was eyeing up toys, sweets, bouncy castles and fairground rides. We stopped at a food tent where we tasted toffee vodka (yum), wild boar sausage, organic white balsamic vinegar and K chose a very fancy cupcake with a flake in it.

Onwards we came across a sand tent but K was attracted to the sand stall and filled a teddy bear with different sands, very efficiently.
She then proceeded her way through the different rides, large bouncy slides (friction burns gained), big wheel (great fun) and led her daddy back in the afternoon for another another ride on the big wheel and the waltzer and wanted another another another ride. Proud of her ability to count ride, she is becoming quite an adrenaline junky.
She was entertained on the fire engine and thoroughly explored the front and back, whilst I was amused by the pig ladies promoting british pork and singing, we saw shire horses close up, the medieval jousting from a distance and k sat on a haystack and got hay in her hair.

L enjoyed the day although was complaining about sitting down when everyone else at the show was complaining about constant standing up, the highlight of his day was crawling on an abc mat on a stand selling brainy baby goods and building a tower he would have quite happily stayed there all day. We bought some brainy baby books and a puzzle for a great price and some wedgits which we are all fighting over building.
A great day was had by all although today the lasting memory seems to be the men who were shining peoples shoes