It’s wonderfully sunny today, one of those glorious days you get in September, a last burst of summer warmth before the chill of autumn descends. It’s my favourite time of year – I love the harvest, Halloween, the build up to Christmas, all darkness and fairy lights – so I’m excited to be heading away for the weekend with The Silent Eye.
I’m not a student of the school, but I try to attend one of their workshops each year. Together, we’ve wandered the mountains of the Peak District, the granite moorland near Aberdeen, and explored ancient hillforts down south. We’ve visited stone circles large and small, climbed a chalk giant, examined Pictish sites, and listened to poetry in the shadow of a Neolithic wall. Each wweekend I’ve shared with them has been wonderful.
The groups are always friendly, and each site is wonderfully well-researched by our guides, so I get to explore the history, as well as the mystery, of these places. There’s never any pressure to participate – instead, simply good conversation and excellent pub meals, and, if we’re lucky, some nice weather too (Scottish stone circles notwithstanding!)
This is the fourth such workshop I’ve attended – to read about my earlier adventures, click here for the Peak District, here for Inverurie and here for Dorset. This time, we’re heading back to the Peak District, to explore the villages around Tideswell as well as the surrounding countryside. We’ll also be exploring our internal landscapes… wonder what I’ll find?
As always, I’ll be writing up my adventures and taking many, many photographs. Look forward to sharing them with you!
Until next week…
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Thanks, Craig – it was a fabulous weekend 🙂
Looking forward to it. See you tomorrow… love, Stu and Sue x
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Thanks, Stu 🙂
I have always enjoyed travelling and exploring and have been to some wonderful places. These days I am not physically able to go very far so loving these virtual trips so much!
Thank you – I’m so pleased you’re enjoying them 🙂 xx
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Thanks, Sue 🙂 x
Have a great time!! These weekends sound so wonderful.
Thanks, Darlene! I had a fabulous time, wil be writing about it shortly once I’ve processed everything… 🙂
I look forward to reading the posts.
🙂 Coming soon…
Love these posts! I grew up in Buxton, not so far away from Tideswell, so the whole area is wonderful to me. We had a rather windswept hill behind our house when I was small – all limestone crags, welly-sucking mud and spindly saplings – and I spent many an hour walking it, buffeted by the wind, imagining I was Catherine Earnshaw. I put some of my love of stories down to those experiences. Have a fantastic time, Helen
That sounds completely wonderful, Lynn – a dream childhood 🙂
I certainly had its moments. 🙂
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I have been on one of these wonderful weekends too it was a great experience and I learned a lot. I wish I was joining you but I am on an adventure of my own right now . Have a wonderful time 💜
Perhaps I’ll see you on another one, Willow! Enjoy your adventure 🙂 xx
I hope so 💞
I love photos of the English countryside on the lovely sunny-misty Autumn days. You can smell the crispness in the air just looking at the pictures!
Thank you 🙂 We were fortunate to have good weather those days, rather than the autumn rain we sometimes get. It’s my favourite time of year, though, rain or shine…