The view above is just two miles from our humble abode - looking over stone walls to Sheffield in the rolling landscape beyond. It was my farewell journey with Bertie, our trusty Seat Ibiza, and I was heading up to the reservoirs at Redmires which I blogged about a year ago here.
Redmires is where our domestic water comes from - a fact that I find quite comforting. Good Yorkshire water filtered by the moors, gathering in the three local reservoirs before further cleansing in the water treatment plant below and then into an intricate piping system and along to our house. Every mug of tea, every dishwasher cycle, every bath or shower, every pan full of potatoes - all that crystal clear liquid is from Redmires. Do you know where your water comes from?
Below you can see a giant plughole that drains water from a conduit down into the middle reservoir. Actually its technical name is a "bellmouth" which is a word I rather like but I wouldn't want to fall down there. To tell you the truth, I am surprised that it isn't fenced off and surrounded by warning signs. The Health and Safety stormtroopers must not have passed this way yet.
Let me explain the curious, delicately shaded picture below. It is of the top reservoir looking across to the dam but in the immediate foreground I have deliberately included Bertie's marine coloured roof. I think it makes for an interesting effect with the photograph being divided almost equally between sky, water and roof. Signed limited edition prints of this picture - "Bertie at Redmires" are available from Yorkshire Pudding Enterprises for only £99.99 plus postage and packing - just send me your full bank details, PIN numbers and all security passwords and I will be happy to do the rest.