High on the Moors….



Stanton Moor, Derbyshire

After a period of dark, damp days, some high winds and some much needed rain, we woke to sunshine and blue skies.  The wind still scurried the clouds across the blue sky a blue that at times was watery at others much richer…and the light across the bracken was also ever changing but with an overall warming light.

We had wasted no time in reaching this one of our favourite walking areas, Stanton Moor. You are welcome to join us on our walk…


Stanton Moor is also the home of the Nine Ladies Stone Circle, an early Bronze age construction. It may be nowhere as big as Stonehenge but of no lesser importance to those early inhabitants and even todays following of Druids.


Standing in a clearing of Silver Birch the Nine Ladies is today rather quiet, it was indeed nice to have the place to ourselves, not a regular occurance.  That will not be the case on the 21st December, the Winter Solstice, when there is always a reasonable size crowd celebrating the celestial change in the suns movements from south back to the north.


The sun may have cast a warming glow but the wind was biting so it was with mixed feelings we headed back for home….and something warming.


11th December

(C) David Oakes 2018



Lens-Artists Challenge #23: CELEBRATIONS


And the Band Played on….

The location is Youlgrave, a Derbyshire village high in the Limestone district known as the White Peak.  The Celebrations, which indeed they are, form part of the villages Well Dressing ceremony. Water here was always a precious commodity and the Wells were seen as a blessing from God.  So each year the Wells within the village are ‘Blessed’ thanks given. Each of the village Wells is ‘Dressed’ for the celebrations and the procession pauses at each in turn.



The Youlgrave Village Band is an essential to the villages celebrations and a key event in there musical calendar


One little quirk about Youlgrave is that the name is spelt in two ways ….the alternative is Youlgreave.  Even within the village signs at various buildings differ and even on maps there has been some uncertainty. The one thing the villagers all agree on is that the Well Dressing Custom must be maintained.

This Derbyshire tradition of Well Dressing also occurs in other Derbyshire villages across the summer months…each with there own themes.

Just an idea for this weeks Lens-Artist Challenge #23

9th December

(C) David Oakes 2018