For the last few weeks I have tried to photograph the siskin (with limited success), feeding along with redpolls on the seeds of the alder trees on the edge of Barbrook Plantation.  The redpolls have a red patch on their … Continue reading

Peace and quiet!

Any walker on Big Moor will regularly come across groups of red deer and today was no different.  However what I have noticed is that at this time of year the males seem to go off together and the females … Continue reading

Water voles

One of the treasures of Big Moor must be the water vole population living in the banks of the Bar Brook.  Lowland areas of the UK have seen the population of these charming creatures decimated by changes in habitat and … Continue reading

Devonshire Arms

Usually my posts are about wildlife, plants, local history or scenery but occasionally there are matters which affect your enjoyment of life which need recording. Over the last couple of days I have ‘discovered’ the Devonshire Arms in Baslow.  Now … Continue reading

Rock Faces

Is it just me or is Baslow Edge a good place for rock faces! Here is an old lady at sunrise: However if you wait a couple of hours for the sun to rise she loses 50 years: Not far … Continue reading


One of the things washed out of the Bar Brook in recent floods was this big lump of slag – It’s not very pretty and is quite heavy.  It is quite useless as it would be no good as a … Continue reading

After the snow

A combination of melting snow, frozen ground and rain, meant that the Bar Brook was bound to be flooded today and so it proved.  2 years ago I added photos of the stream in flood but it was not as … Continue reading

Barbrook Plantation

I love this area of rough woodland, just off the Baslow to Sheffield road. There is always something to photograph whatever time of year.  Last month it was the siskins and redpolls on the alder trees- The trees and scrub … Continue reading


Time to think!

My usual journey to Big Moor takes me out through the village of Old Brampton, in the middle of which stands a grand old church.  I guess few people travelling this way ever stop to look at the clock on … Continue reading