Middle Aged Gardening

I never thought I'd become this guy. But something about making the back garden thrive with greenery and life just makes me smile. It has taken some time to get the garden to a state where I feel it's ok to show somebody, mainly due to it being a new build house. We basically got a square of grass and a few basic slabs leading to the back gate. Much time, a patio, shed and a few raised beds later I've finally been ready to plant something! Whilst I'd love to go off-grid like Tom and Barbara Good, to not end up with a garden that looks like an allotment, I think we have to temper the amount of edible produce. However, a starter-for-ten were the eighteen strawberry plants I stuck in in March. It has been a success! They are delicious. I'm fairly sure they're only about 20% better than can be bought from the supermarket. But they're all shapes and sizes, I took care of them, and they're just better. Like having chips out of the paper. It wasn't even a g

Three Shires Head

Easter is upon us once again and what better way to spend Good Friday than to get out for a decent walk so I at least ensure that the gluttonous evening meal is somewhat offset! My mate Jim and I made our way up to Three Shires Head which is the point on Axe Edge Moor where Cheshire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire meet (GPS coords: 53.213°N 1.987°W).

11.8km walk starting out at Gradbach car park

The main landmark at the head is a packhorse bridge. This is right at the tip of the map above before we headed back to Gradbach. The bridge is Grade II-listed, and was probably constructed in the late 18th century. I don't actually have a photograph of this due the large amount of bystanders spoiling the view! Of course they've every much right as us to be there; I'll just have to come back early in the morning when it's not quite so busy. Nonetheless I managed to get a nice one of a smaller bridge off to the side of the main bridge.

Since there was some nice white water at the head I wanted to try and freeze it solid. I'm starting to lean away from the long shutter speed smooth water look at the moment. Bit overdone.

After a bit of lunch (roast chicken butties... NICE) heading south back to Gradbach on the east side of the Dane, I came across my inanimate nemsis. This is just an overly fancy way of saying that a gate attacked me. Long story and expletives aside, basically the large metal gate had a broken top hinge and I fell over into the gate and bashed my knee somewhat. Limped home, but it could have been much worse due to having my camera in-hand! But it came out unscathed thankfully. Hence, I'm now sitting writing this with a hot waterbottle on my knee feeling sorry for myself. There's nothing better to solidify the importance of insurance than a near miss!

More photos from the walk can be found here for those interested.

Some might say I need a haircut...

Until next time.

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