1 January 2020

2020

Sheep on Bretton Mount
And so another year begins. We are twenty years beyond the very start of this new millennium. That realisation is almost frightening. Time marching on.

Today there was effectively a home match to attend in The English Championship. It finished Sheffield Wednesday 0 Hull City 1 on a chilly afternoon when the misty cold threatened to seep into your very bones. I was there with not one but two of my favourite men in the whole wide world - Tony from East Yorkshire and Wednesday supporter Jonathan who now teaches English in Beijing, China.

Sadly for Jon, our lads won with yet another goal from our star player - Jarrod Bowen. As the match drew to a close our supporters sang, "We can see you sneaking out!" as Wednesday fans began to make their way home.
A view of Abney Low Farm
On Monday, I walked in sunshine above Grindleford - along Sir William Road and then on to Nether Bretton and Bretton Mount. My walk led me past Mompesson's Well  which has a famous connection with Eyam - the reknown "plague village" of the seventeenth century. Please Google it if you are interested.
Mompesson's Well
At Mompesson's Well I was astonished to spot a peacock butterfly sunning itself on the adjacent stone wall but by the time I had got my camera ready he or she had flown off. Imagine that -  a butterfly out and about on December 30th! This is mid-winter - there shouldn't be butterflies.

And now we are all in 2020. I hope that you and all other members of this corner of  the blogosphere have a good year in which happy memories are made and good health is enjoyed. Happy New Year!
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 The accompanying pictures are all from Monday's walk.

Triangulation pillar on Sir William Hill

41 comments:

  1. I'll say this for the first time in 2020- I so envy your walking trails. What beautiful vistas you encounter!
    Glad your team won because I'm sure that made you happy.
    Poor confused butterfly. We are seeing all sorts of odd and unusual and mostly unseasonal events these days, aren't we? Some seem so innocent and yet, they are all signs of dis-ease if you ask me. Happy New Year, Mr. P!

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    1. And Happy New Year to you too Ms Moon. You are right to assume that my mood is invariably affected by my team's results.

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  2. It is a shock...a wake-up call when one realises 20 years have passed since the arrival of this century!! So very quickly the past 20 years have flown by. No wonder I'm out of breath!!!

    I catered for a wedding on the evening of New Year's Eve 1999/2000. But once I finished work, I raced off to a friend's home where we partied like it was 1999! Upon arriving back home to my place, I sat out on the front lawn, with now late ginger cat, Pushkin by my side, and we watched sun rise on a new day...a new month...a new year...and a new century.

    With only a couple of hours sleep...I was off back to work again...to cater for another wedding!!!

    My best wishes to you and your family, Yorkie for 2020, and beyond... :)

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    1. Twenty years. We were all much younger then. I assume you made it safely back home after your entirely sober sojourn in Las Vegas. Happy New Year Lee! And Happy New Year to Remy and Sharma too!

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    2. Hic! Home? Huh? Show me the way to go home....hic!

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  3. I must say I agree with you in regards to this shiny new year. It is almost frightening to think that we are now 20 years into the new millennium! The years are indeed speeding by far too quickly. In keeping with the thought of time passing us by I have decided to take that frightening step and start a blog. I almost feel guilty following so many wonderful blogs and not writing one myself. So even though I live a boring life and have nothing to say, I'm giving it a try.

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    1. Great stuff Bonnie! Your comments here prove that you are a lovely human being and I for one will definitely be reading your blog.

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    2. That's great news, Bonnie - I'll be visiting you too :) It's not frightening after you take the first step!

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  4. Happy new Year to you, Neil!

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  5. Happy New Year. Hope it's a great one!

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    1. Happy New Year and Big Tony Helen! No doubt there'll be more wonderful travels for you.

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  6. Have a great 2020 and I will enjoy a fine blog all year!

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    1. Happy New Year Red/Rouge! Good to know you through blogging sir/monsieur.

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  7. The first shot is lovely with the background nearly blotted out by mist.

    Yes, I remember the clock ticking over into 2000 very clearly. Twenty years has gone by too fast.

    Happy New Year, YP - I wish you continued rambles, success for your son and happiness all around.

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    1. Happy New Year to The Blogger of the Year (2019)!

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    2. Stop it, my head barely fits through the door as it is!

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  8. Happy New year, Mr pudding,to you and those you care about.
    I hope it brings you health and happiness.
    All good wishes from the red rose county.

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    1. Thank you so much Christina and a Happy New Year to you and your longtime lover!

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  9. Happy New year YP. I enjoy your walks. My mood also changes when a certain team formed by the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railways Company wins or loses.

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    1. Man Utd? Oh dear! Happy New Year to a new blogging friend!

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    2. Sir Geoffrey Boycott and Michael Parkinson also follow the Red Devils.

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    3. It's a shame that hardly any Manchester folk follow them.

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  10. Another wish for a Happy New Year to you and your family.
    Where will we be in another 20 years I wonder? Probably still blogging and partying like there's no tomorrow?

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  11. 2020 is already half way through its second day, but I hope my good wishes to you and your loved ones for the next 12 months will still be read and welcome.
    Like you, we had sunny days and spent as much time as we could out walking, although not in as beautiful surroundings as you.

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    1. Happy New Year to you Meike - to Herr OK, The Mysterious Sister and to your much loved mother and father.

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  12. Happy New Year to you and Mrs YP. Grand photos, as always.

    The only thing I can remember about the turn of the millennium was all the hype about Y2K issues. Guess it foreshadowed the current misinformation era in which we now live.

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    1. The Millennium Bug? I think it transmogrified into a giant cockroach that spawned several of the new world leaders! Happy New Year Mary!

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  13. Well Happy New Year from me to, though we are into the second day of it. Can't remember anything of the turning of the millennium, old age has already set in!

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    1. Who is the present monarch Thelma? What colour do you get if you mix red and yellow? What is a baby cat called? If you can answer these questions you're okay.

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  14. Your photos are, as always, stunning. The first one is my favorite.

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  15. I am SHOCKED that you saw a peacock at this time of year. Our butterflies are long gone. I haven't seen one in weeks and weeks. I wonder if it was a captive that escaped from a butterfly display, or something like that? Probably unlikely.

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  16. I've done all the Happy New Years for this year.

    I'm very taken with the view of Abney Low Farm or rather with the way in which it's isolation is shown.

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    1. The farm was beautifully illuminated by the winter sunshine and I took several pictures of it. No public footpaths pass right by it.

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