Derbyshire- 2015

In December I spent a week in Derbyshire. Not far into Derbyshire, the cottage was very close to Sheffield, but Derbyshire none-the-less. So I’ll write about that for a bit.

One of the days we went to visit the market in Bakewell. The first thing I noticed about Bakewell was that there’s a ton of padlocks on one of the bridges, with little messages and dates on. It’s not something I’ve ever seen before and it seemed a bit odd. I’ve looked it up, and apparently they are ‘love locks’ and aren’t really uncommon – in fact, they’re common enough throughout Europe to have a campaign against them. I thought they looked quite nice on Bakewell’s bridge, but looking at some of the pictures of other places where there’s a lot more of them, I can see why people don’t like them. I think it’s one of those things that’s pretty cool until it gets out of hand, which I wouldn’t say it has on that particular bridge, so right now it looks OK. I suppose it helps that it’s a fairly standard bridge other than the padlocks, so they’re more of a distinguishing feature than anything else.


Winter 2015/16

I’ve got a little bit behind on posts. I have no valid reason for it, it’s pure procrastination, and I do apologise. Although I did actually forget I had this one to do, it just suddenly hit me on Sunday, so I made this one the priority.

I don’t actually have many photos from the winter, I don’t seem to have done as much as usual. But here’s some of what I do have.

First, Malham Tarn. Had a look at that on New Years Day. There was a lot of ice on the grass about it, and the ground was also littered with hailstones, which was quite interesting to see. I guess it was just too cold for them to melt.

Frozen 1



To state the obvious, as I believe I am rather good at doing, the beginning of any piece of writing is the first draft. Sometimes, it’s also the end, either due to unwillingness to redraft, or just because the writer doesn’t consider it salvageable.

There are different ways of going about creating a first draft. Some people like to plan it all out, make an outline to follow, whereas others just go for it, maybe with a rough plan in their head, but nothing on paper, and write it all straight out.

I’ve traditionally been part of the latter group. Sometimes I’ve just made it all up as I go along, while sometimes I’ve had a start and an end point in mind, and maybe a couple of other things I want to happen at some point. I’ve held the view that it’s easier to write when there’s not a set of stepping stones to work by, and that the extra effort that will almost inevitably be required to revise a first draft written this way is worth it for getting it out.