Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Shop Local


Window shopping in Wirksworth reveals real shops, not a homogenised high street chain in sight.

Real cakes and bread

Bread and buns

proper meat

Proper butchers

and simply the best ham, not wet, not rubbery (sorry I didn’t spot this sign till I was editing the photos or you’d have had a sharper image) and look, chickens with exposed flesh!


A delightful second hand book shop where I was pleased to find (and purchase) a book of photos by Scottish photographer Oscar Marzaroli.


An Aladdin’s cave of bric-a-brac

 Lucky dip

Is this a pensive looking Beethoven, reflecting how he came to be lying on his back in a box in Wirksworth?

How did come to this

And now mug of steaming hot tea has just arrived at my side, I so want a cake to go with it, sigh, if you want cakes like this in our village you have to bake your own.

Back to the buns

From a collection of posts about the Derbyshire town of Wirksworth,

they start here


Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

7 thoughts on “Shop Local

  1. you’re making me jealous.

    oh how i miss flapjacks and custards. likewise, the little shop feel is distinctively missing from much of the american experience, which also takes away a bit.

    i think this post more than any other has sealed my having to buy a plane ticket back over.

  2. I walked through my local shopping centre this morning which was rather depressing! How I wish there were shops like this there, I’d have been in all of them browsing or buying! xx

  3. I’m all hungry now….

  4. I’ve never been to Wirksworth and had a mental picture of somewhere grey and uninteresting. Reading your posts has given me a completely different idea of the town and I think at some stage I shall go and visit – the bookshop and the cake shop look particularly inviting.

  5. Those cakes look very nice.
    The smell of freshy baked bread is THE BEST SMELL

    I wonder if they have any cycling books in there or even a copy of
    Studmarks on the Summits by Bill Smith

  6. What a fabulous looking place. My kind of street. I love the butchers’ sign!

  7. hiya, i love the pic, 2nd from the top – very nice! sara.

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