Winter ramblings around Buxton

It’s been a long winter.  The weather has not been that harsh, just a constant wave of wet, windy and snowy weather.  It’s certainly not been inviting enough to get me outdoors.  For some reason I seem to have hibernated this year, and I must say I really don’t like it.  It makes me feel old and I’m not!  So, this weekend it was all change and even though the weather forecast was not great I was determined to get out on a little local walk.

The forecast was for heavy snow showers and for once the forecast was correct, we set out in a blizzard with cold snow splattering the face – why is it whichever direction you walk, you are always walking into the wind?

As this was a local walk for me it was in Buxton, Derbyshire.  Setting out from home took me first through the Victorian Pavilion Gardens, and then up through the woods of the Buxton Country Park to Solomon’s Temple.  From Solomon’s Temple you get magnificent views of the surrounding hills in every direction.   I was hoping once we got to the top the low clouds would have cleared, and luckily they had. Here are my snaps along the way.

Mr Husband walking ahead as usual

Join me on a walk in the snow up through Buxton to Solomon's Temple. See if you prefer the snow in the clouds or in the sunshine

Nearly at the top

Join me on a walk in the snow up through Buxton to Solomon's Temple. See if you prefer the snow in the clouds or in the sunshine

Low clouds over the tops

Join me on a walk in the snow up through Buxton to Solomon's Temple. See if you prefer the snow in the clouds or in the sunshine

Through the woods on the way back down

Join me on a walk in the snow up through Buxton to Solomon's Temple. See if you prefer the snow in the clouds or in the sunshine

You’ll notice there’s no picture of Solomon’s Temple, sorry about that.  I’ve seen it so many times I forgot to take a picture, so here’s one I took today from the window of my home, it sits high on a distant hill.

Join me on a walk in the snow up through Buxton to Solomon's Temple. See if you prefer the snow in the clouds or in the sunshine

You can find out more about Solomon’s Temple if you follow the link.  The 20ft (6 metre) tower was restored by the Victorians in the 1890s.  Spookily, over the years there has been a number of reports of dogs leaping from the top of the tower, which takes a bit of effort as there is a high surrounding wall.  In fact, a dog I know recently did this for no apparent reason, luckily she was not hurt.  Very strange – don’t you think?

During the night Buxton had another fall of snow, which was accompanied this morning by bright blues sky.  So on went my boots and here are a few more snaps I thought you might like to see.

Blue sky over Buxton Opera House

Join me on a walk in the snow up through Buxton to Solomon's Temple. See if you prefer the snow in the clouds or in the sunshine

The River Wye meandering through the park

Join me on a walk in the snow up through Buxton to Solomon's Temple. See if you prefer the snow in the clouds or in the sunshine

Buxton Pavilion

Join me on a walk in the snow up through Buxton to Solomon's Temple. See if you prefer the snow in the clouds or in the sunshine

Icicles hanging from the tunnel

Join me on a walk in the snow up through Buxton to Solomon's Temple. See if you prefer the snow in the clouds or in the sunshine

I think the ducks like the snow

Join me on a walk in the snow up through Buxton to Solomon's Temple. See if you prefer the snow in the clouds or in the sunshine

Hope you are awakening from your hibernation, outside is much better than inside in don’t you think?

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Back at the blog – what’s coming up

Hey there, you may have noticed I’ve not posted for a couple of weeks, but if you follow me on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram you will have seen I’ve been on a bit of a journey. I was travelling light so no laptop and at my age the eyes (and coordination) are just not up to writing blogs on my phone.  Besides the sun was shining and I thought best just to soak up the atmosphere so I could describe it to you later 🙂

However, I’m back now and keen to tell you all about my adventures and some other posts I’ll be making over the coming month.  So relating to the travels, I’ve been exploring Faro, Seville and Cadiz and got lots of pics to share.  I’ll also be sharing my thoughts of travelling light (yes just a backpack) and relying on the joys of public transports.

In addition I’ve be doing my research and am going to share with you some predicted home decor trends for 2018 (yes 2018).  I’ve got an update on what’s been going on in the garden, the good and the bad, as well as my tips on de-cluttering. Plus (yes there’s more) the ten best things about my current home town of Buxton UK and the reasons you should visit.

Cadiz beach

OK, I confess it’s not a picture of Buxton, I’m back in Cadiz at the beach

But enough of the beach, I’d better get on with it all.  Before I go, just want to say a BIG thank-you for all those who continue to follow and I hope I can bring you something you’ll like over the next month.

What’s going on in the garden in May

Thought I would start a little garden diary, giving you a glimpse of what’s happening in my garden.  As I’ve mentioned before I live in the ground floor / basement flat of an old Victorian Villa in Buxton UK.  Even though the bedrooms are underground, the living room opens out into a small private garden, just for us … and the neighbours for a cheeky glass of wine when the sun shines.  I think of it as another room in the home. The whole house is surrounded by a communal garden area, which we all share and maintain; it’s quite special but there’s always a a lot to do.

Today I’ve just got some pics from my piece of garden.  It’s a paved area with a large sloping rockery.  In the 3 years we’ve been here we’ve tried to add a little more variety of plants and take out some of those that had taken over – LADIES MANTLE !!

At the moment the daffodils and tulips have faded but the flowering perennials are springing back into life, as are the grasses.  It continues to be a bit of trial and error so far, seeing what will grow in the colder and wet climate of Buxton, but I like a challenge. Take a look at some of the pictures I’ve taken in the last few days.

These are looking particularly colourful at the moment. Top left Primula japonica ‘Millers Crimson’, on the side Euphorbia Griffithii and bottom left a Geum. I’m pretty pleased with these as they were all planted last summer and have survived!

winter bedding

I planted up these planters in November and the cyclamen are still flowering.  I’m going to move them soon to the fern section in the garden. The little evergreen shrubs I will continue to grow in the protected environment of the planters until they are a little larger to cope with the Buxton soil and climate.

I love taking cuttings and splitting plants (plants for free) and these are ones I did last year, waiting to be grown on a bit more before planting out.  By the way Mr Husband made the planters and the steps last year and they have survived the winter too 😊.

Decorlasting.com May garden

This is the bigger picture of our rocky slope, it’s filling out with green but needs more colour.  I’ve just planted my Sweet Peas under my stick tower – I have grown them over winter and there is one flower about to open. Usually I don’t have much luck with Sweet Peas, so fingers crossed.

garden seedlings

I’ve got a tiny cold frame to keep all things little in, you know the ones needing a bit of extra protection over winter.  This year it was little lavenders I’d grown from seed in the summer, which are now bushy and living outside.  In the frame at the moment are 3 varieties of Calendula and 3 varieties of kale, which we’re going to plant amongst the flower beds. You can also see my shadow – I’m such an amateur 🙄.

A finally, let me introduce you to the garden cat.  He’s not mine (is it a he?), but always runs into the garden when we open the door and then follow you until he gets a tickle. We call him Cat, my neighbour calls him Snuffles.

garden cat

I hope to blog about the garden on a regular basis so you can see how it develops.  Next time I’ll show you the pond area…….. it’s a bit of a mess 😊