We have just been watching BBC Countryfile which featured Flash, the highest village in the UK. It reminded me that I included Flash in one of my very first blog posts almost four years ago so here it is again. The reference to photographs for Christmas cards is still appropriate as our recent covering of snow, albeit very light, has prompted me to think about this years card….

We like to have a stock of snow scenes which we use most years for Christmas cards. It involves a little bit of forward planning (too late thinking about it in August!) so three or four years ago, when we knew there was snow in the Peak District and Staffordshire Moorlands, we set off in search of it. With a flask of coffee, snow shovels and travel blankets, just in case, we headed towards Buxton but it was only when we were beyond Leek that we found the much sought-after snow.




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Greetings from Flash, the highest village in Britain. This was once disputed by a village in Scotland but ordnance survey and the BBC got involved and confirmed that Flash was indeed the highest. Needless to say, it’s very cold here with a good covering of snow. The sun is shining thus giving us ideal conditions for photographing the snow. We are not venturing off the main road as the minor roads are not so good. Also staying fairly close to the car. Off to Buxton now for hot food and drinks!

January Walk

This morning was a glorious one for our first walk of 2023. A blue sky and winter sunshine all the way for our round trip of 3 miles through the open countryside from home in Newton Solney to the neighbouring village of Repton. We walked as far as the impressive red-brick building of the music department of Repton School before returning home along the same footpath by the road.

“The appreciation of life does not require wealth or plenty. It requires only gratitude for the beauty of the world.” Deng Ming-Dao, 365 Tao