Calke Abbey

Calke Abbey

Back in the UK for another family reunion. This time we spend the long May bank holiday weekend at a farm house in Calke (pronounced Cork). Being so close we all made sure we visited the abbey. This Baroque mansion was built in 1701 but was never actually an abbey. It was owner by the Harper family for nearly 300 years. Today it is in the care of the National Trust. The grounds were expansive and well worth a visit. Inside much of the interior is in a variety of states of decay. This was surprising but still very interesting to see.

River Dove cascades

River Dove cascades

It’s been many years since I was last in Dovedale. Going with a few friends and making the day of it by climbing Thorpe Cloud. This visit was much shorter as we were stopping for a picnic lunch. We did cross the Dovedale stepping stones and walk up the River Dove for about half a mile. This little waterfall gave me a chance to experience with some long exposure effects. This was captured on my iPhone using the long exposure setting. Where the phone captures a short video. Then uses the multiple frames of the video to blend them together to give a long exposure effect. It’s worked well given I didn’t have the camera on a tripod.

Stepping Stones Dovedale

Stepping Stones Dovedale

The stepping stones were originally built by the Victorian’s. This wide angle photograph shows the River Dove on a very sunny Saturday afternoon. After seeing these crowds of people (not just crossing the river but sat all around the banks also) I was very glad that we arrived early and were one of the first cars in the car park. These stepping stones caused a lot of controversy a couple of years ago when health and safety made the council pave the stones so that they are all the same height!

Ice Cream Van near Thorpe Cloud

Ice Cream Van near Thorpe Cloud

It was quite early on a Saturday morning when I was walking up Thorpe Cloud and looking across the countryside I noticed this Ice Cream Van seemingly parked in the middle of a field with nobody about. It wasn’t abandoned as we could see (by zooming on the photograph) that there was a man inside the van waiting for customers. As I walked I discussed with friends why he was there and how strange it seemed! Obviously when we got to the top of Thorpe Cloud we could look down from above and see there is a road just in front of his van which we can only presume must get a lot of passing cars later in the day.

Ilam Cross

Ilam Cross

Standing in the middle of the village of Ilam in the Peak District National Park in Staffordshire is this striking and beautiful Victorian monument in the style of an Eleanor Cross. Behind the cross you can see the extremely picturesque cottages with their very neatly kept and colourful front gardens. You can see here how the top of the cross has been completely replaced with modern sandstone after a storm caused it to crumble away in the 1960s.