Snakes, Crosses and Flat Stanley.
Today I braved the cold wind and wet weather to go for a walk out on the Derbyshire Moors.. Togged up with woolly hat and gloves more in keeping for a winters day rather than that of Spring May day.. We set off to find a bluebell wood which I knew existed when I was a young girl, and got lost…Well it was a good job I had Flat Stanley to keep me company on my journey as we walked through woods and over bogs and climbed up hills and over styles.. I never did find the bluebell wood, just the odd bluebell out here and there..
But Flat Stanley stumbled across a couple of landmarks that in ages past helped to keep the traveller on the straight and narrow and stop them from getting lost.. Here he is sat on the bottom of this Cross.. These crosses helped show the route and it is said that they were probably erected by Monks from Beauchief Abbey in the 13th Century…
In the Peak District in Derbyshire there are many small narrow roads, these used to be the old coach routes in which the coach and horses would travel.. In ages past they would travel these routes too with pack horses..
Baslow mentioned here is not far from where I used to live as a young girl, in fact it was only a couple of miles away from the village I lived in, A place called Stoney Middleton, which happens to be the next village to the Plague Village of Eyam.. But I will take Flat Stanley to Eyam another day.
During our hike, we saw a few people looking intently into the long bog grasses and we stopped to say hello.. A very nice young boy said.. Hello back to us and asked were we out looking for Adders. Now Adders are snakes native to this country, and although I have lived many years, and I didn’t want to tell Flat Stanley my age, and I have walked for many a mile in the countryside over those years, I have never seen a Adder out in the wild…. Now Flat Stanley may be use to venomous snakes out in Australia,, but well I was very curious and so walked very carefully so as not to disturb the Adder.. The boy said there were two, but one had slithered off into the long grass, but this one appeared to be soaking up the sun that had just come out.. So I took a photo of the Adder.. Here he/she is..
Flat Stanley took it all in his Aussie stride.. I just hope that Flat Dreamwalker is as brave if she meets some of the creepy crawlies out there in Aussie Land..
Have a nice day all you good folks out there and take care of each other..