Category Archives: Peak District

The Iridescent Green Dock Beetle (our organic jewel)

Nature gives us what we need. When we started our conversion to organic farming in 1998, Terry the farmer was very uncomfortable about allowing nettles, thistles and dock leaves to grow on the farm. He had grown up on a … Continue reading

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Fragile, naïve and centuries old; Peak District well dressing

A lovely video from @terrybnd all about our wonderful well dressings. Tissington is always the first and is the most spectacular, but from May to September you can find a well dressing somewhere in the Peak District. Tissington is a … Continue reading

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Soaring Spirits and Harsh Realities of the English Uplands

A while ago I tramped across the Peak District’s Bleaklow in mizzly drizzle, hot and puffing in my waterproof jacket; my legs aching from high stepping through the heather tufts. We reached a high point and stopped. All around, as … Continue reading

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Dovedale, add music and walk

I have just been sent this video on Twitter  by http://www.terrybnd.blogspot.com/ It’s blown me away- this is where I live, this is where I have lived for 26 years.  I have often seen Dovedale looking like this.  My family and … Continue reading

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Getting ready for Guests

I have been putting the directories together for our B&B rooms and cottages, you know, lists and leaflets of restaurants, shops, experiences and places to visit. I am bowled over by the wonderful businesses on my doorstep all offering lovely … Continue reading

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Cow Manure and Bright Sparks

Our living countryside runs and thrives because there are lots of ‘bright sparks’; people who take responsibility and get things done in villages and rural communities. I have just been involved in a EU funded LEADER process interviewing candidates with … Continue reading

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A rural, female, small-business view of an emerging LEP

I was invited to speak at the event held today by Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).  I was asked to introduce my small rural business, describe my measures of success and say what I want from the LEP.  … Continue reading

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