The Hunt for the Golden Ticket Just a few words on the Treasure Hunt and where we got to. As nobody has found the Golden Ticket as of March, and now we are fully in lock down as a result of the Corona Virus for several months, it makes sense to give the answer away and raffle the prize, the Golden Teapot, to April's Peak District Design's customers and put a little bit more joy back out there. What was the answer? Nobody cracked the clues and in all fairness there wasn't that much time from gaining all the clue [...]
The Peak District makes a great loving partner. One way of looking at my relationship with the Peak District, may be that I am married to it. Well at least it feels a bit like that. A Ruby Anniversary... 40 years on. It all started at the age of 13 when I would be dropped off at the farm at the top of Winnats Pass with a tent, a geological hammer and some food for a few days. Armed with Geological Survey maps I would hunt out mine workings and try to find Blue John hydrothermal seams as well as [...]
Grindleford was my home for 20 years... wow! I was a lucky fella. It's a place packed full of happy memories, great views, fresh air and above all a regular run up onto Froggatt and Curbar back along the White Edge and back down the woods, occasionally full of Bluebells. A very lucky man! I've been trying to find a piece of work that sums up my positive feelings and happy memories of this run for quite a while. Craig had been nagging me for work that works in two colours as we are so keen to start work on [...]
I am torn between keeping private and sharing the most profound experiences of my life. I love Stanage, as I love life itself. It has been the place where I have had a great many of the most enduring experiences of my life. On one hand it is a very private place, albeit shared with some extraordinary people over the last 40 years. On the other hand I feel compelled to create work and a need to share the emotional space that comes from these happy memories and the great joy that it gifts me. I know that I am [...]
The Heart of the Park is a graphical representation of a Sessile Oak. The image, taken from a Chatsworth Oak tree is built up of 1000’s of oak tree leaves and acorns icons. At its heart is a circular poem comprising a series of the twelve sentiments that describe the beauty of the Peak District National Park.