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Foraging in Derbyshire

‘An Evenings Amble’ in the the Peak District

This latest work is inspired by our recent ventures out into the beautiful Derbyshire Peaks and Dales. An area full of nature’s beauty and splendour.

Our campsite was next to the village of Birchover ”.. situated close to several prehistoric monuments, including Doll Tor and Nine Ladies Bronze Age stone circles and numerous Bronze Age burial cairns on Stanton Moor… There is also the Earl Grey Tower, raised as a monument to the passing of the 1832 Electoral Reform Act and much evidence of ancient and modern sandstone quarrying”.

With no provisions to speak of in our trusty motor home Gordon, and the devastating news the pubs in the village were all closed for the day, we set out on foot, in earnest search of food and a pint.

We decided to try our luck at the The Flying Childers Inn at Stanton on Peak, about 1.5 miles away, so headed off hopefully along Birchover Road . On arrival we were greeted with the news that the kitchen was shut but (seeing our looks of desperation) were then asked , ‘would you like to help yourselves to the pork pies, sausage rolls and sandwiches on the bar. Here I will get you some plates’. Much later, after many a pint, we ambled contentedly back to Gordon and slept peacefully on full stomachs thanks to local warmth and hospitality.

Later that week , back in my studio and full of inspiration, I set to with pen and paper to create my first of what will hopefully be a series based on my various visits to this beloved part of the country. My creative process starts with a line drawing, then layers of colour are gradually applied, to produce the final piece.

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