1. The ground will start to dry out, turning slippy, slidy clay into something more akin to concrete. Which is nice if you’re worried about the place ending up at the bottom of the valley and….
2. We can go out for more walks without fear of disappearing into a bottomless bog.

Today I forsook my trusty Canon DSLR for a pocket-sized video camera, as we walked over 10 miles around the valley and back.
I’ve pieced together a little video, capturing the beautiful sights and sounds of our little part of England, encountered on the way. If you enjoy the sounds of nature, take 5 minutes or so and have a look (and listen) to our vid here.


Although we weren’t intending to do any geocaching, on the way, we couldn’t help having a quick look for the one secreted by “the amazing tree”.
After both initially walking past it, Helen discovered it quite easily in the end. Something guaranteed to put a smile on our faces.

The bluebells were in full bloom today.
If you’re scared of carpets of blue flowers, which incidentally smell lovely, look away now.

Churnet Valley Bluebells
Churnet Valley Bluebells

News From the Boffins

Latest news from The Boffins indicates they’ve progressed to the computer modelling stage. This isn’t, as you may suspect, a geek’s version of Miss World, but is, in fact, the process by which the soil movement forces are used to design the remedial works.
As seems to be the norm with these things, the timetable has slipped somewhat, so we’re not expecting work to start until the end of May, at the earliest 🙁

In the meantime, we’ve been enjoying the benefits of a relatively dry Spring.
As we’re surrounded by fields of sheep, it seemed a perfect opportunity to see some of the new-born lambs up close and personal.

Helen and lamb
lamb
lamb
lamb