Olympic Torch Relay Comes to Town

The Olympic flame made it over the hills to Buxton today

Joe had a pass out from last lesson at school and Tom wearily hobbled straight off his DofE expedition in time for us to make it over the hills to bag the perfect vantage point on the Slopes in  the Crescent and for me to nip up on to the Market Place for ice-creams .

When I spotted the distinctive orange livery of the Billerettes in the distance I was pretty sure we’d picked the right spot to see Bill Weston, one of the three torch bearers for this leg of the relay.

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Bill, the founder of the the Billerettes, who are sort of a dance troupe with a difference, has raised thousands and thousands of pounds for charity over nearly four decades.

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He’s a guy with endless enthusiasm who lives his life with a sense of fun, whatever the role: here he is in an ‘off duty moment’  dressed as a town crier. Bill has an MBE for his service to the community.

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So it was great to see him today having a thoroughly  good time, as were the crowd,  which I’d hazard a guess is for Bill  a win win situation.

Bill with the Olympic torch. Go Bill.

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Whatever the Weather

It has been a very odd mix this week, lashing rain, sultry heat, high winds that have dumped a fine layer of sand over the car (and even the lily pads in the pond) goodness know from whence it came.

Yesterday evening I was pottering around the hills south of Buxton, it was warm and rather pleasant. I don’t know who this little bird is (answers on a postcard please) but they were rather sweet and willing to pose briefly.

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Tom has been in the Lake District completing the expedition  section of the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award. I’m much relived  that he is safely off the hill, given the storms and flash flood there have been (he tells me the thunder and lightening they experienced was ‘awesome’ I’m sure we will get the finer detail on his return this afternoon).

I’ve a stack of posts in mind, some of them about quarrying, some about the limestone and gritstone landscape around here.

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For starters, the lay of the land. Quarrying is big,  it’s a big employer, it has a big impact on the landscape, lumps of rock on an industrial scale..

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Half a hill, near Harpur Hill

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(and if you are looking for the so called ‘Blue Lagoon’ don’t) go to Iceland please.