Making the Best Of It!……

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Silver Birch on Stanton Moor, Derbyshire

Sunday we woke to rain.  That was not a surprise as that was the forecast. What was the surprise that after we had showered and dressed the sun had come out….and despite the forecaster gloom it remained with us for the rest of Sunday. So we needed no excuse to make the best of the day.

We love the moors for their open views but we also love the woodlands  So our destination was to be Stanton Moor where we could enjoy the best of both worlds.

Earl Grey’s Reform Tower is nearly hidden at this time of year, the rich gritstone of its construction contrasting with fresh new Birch leaves in the spring greens….

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Open vista or the woodland with their long shadows….doesn’t matter which as it is the Silver Birch that dominates the views…

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There does seem to be an extra bonus as a result of this years very mild winter, which together with February rains, has certainly encouraged the Bilberry plants to spread. Judging by the red buds nestling between the leaves I reckon we may get a bumper harvest.  They enjoy the open moors but also love to carpet the new Silver Birch spinneys…

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Stanton Moors in any season are a favourite place for walkers, yet never seem crowded…always space to be alone to just wander at your own pace….

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But like much of Derbyshire’s countryside todays tranquillity… hides a history of industrial activity.  On these moors Stone quarrying was the most significant industry.  Old quarries can be found adding to the moors character…

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Not sure how long our luck with this run of good weather will be….but like I said we are “Making the Best of It!”

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15th May

(C) David Oakes 2017