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High above the snow line and sparsely spaced, stand dark, grey gritstone houses. Strong and robust they rise protected by avenues of trees bent almost double by the prevailing winds.
Down the hillside, the village Church stands guard over the thousand plus inhabitants - and me.
Across the valley and market town, stands Masson, high above the settlement, inspiring the wealthy Victorians who came to take the waters at the Spa. The deep cut river winds its way splitting the town in two and liable to flood the entire valley bottom.
Yet whatever the season, it's beautiful Derbyshire at its best.

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    Frenchie 3 months ago

    What a beautiful description of Derbyshire, Marion. You made the reader want to have a lovely, relaxing walk in the hillside and have afternoon tea with scones and cream after a well deserve spa.
    Maybe, on day, I will be able to do just that. Thank you for a breath of fresh air. 😊

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    Neville Hunt 3 months ago

    I love the writing here Marion. Beautiful! I love Derbyshire and spent so much time there when I lived in Sheffield. But I don’t think we students went quite as far as Cromford or Matlock Bath (where I’m guessing the drabble is ‘set’). Maybe I should when we can.

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    Marion E Ball 3 months ago

    Thank you for your comments Frenchie and Neville.
    The village is Tansley. It is not the prettiest village around and so the tourists rush past us and swamp Matlock Bath . We get the walkers and the more discerning visitors who enjoy our lovely views and pretty secret valleys.

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    Neville Hunt 3 months ago

    My wife’s grandfather lived in Matlock, so we probably drove through Tansley on our journey from the Wirral to Norfolk via his house, but that was so long ago I can’t remember. I was just a boyfriend then😊.

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    Jamie Clapperton 2 months ago

    Enjoying looking down at the river though I've never seen it. :-)

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