Ooops! I didn't have my film-maker - Mark - or my soundman - Bill - or my stills photographer - Janina - with me yesterday when I took out a minibus-full of elderly residents from Mytholm Court sheltered housing for a two-hour mystery tour of the moors. So, I only have one very shaky shot of everyone in the bus to prove that we did go out there! It threatened rain all day, but in fact the moors did us proud and we had bright sun with fabulous constantly-changing clouds, and a sudden smack of rain just to keep us in order as we were on our way home.
The ladies all really really enjoyed it, and wrote lots of good stuff that I am editing and collating for them ready for working on more next week with them. We sniffed hawthorn blossom and nettles, bracken and thistles, we talked about their experiences on the moor, when they worked at The Packhorse pub and dealth with sheep on their farms, we looked at rock formations, lambs, rabbits and cloud patterns (including checking out The Cloud Appreciation Society's fabby book: 'A Pig With Six Legs'), asked the workmen what they were working at on Widdop reservoir dam, we heard peewits, skylarks and curlews, and discussed the terrors of driving over the tops into the dreaded Lancashire! Sadly there wasn’t enough wind to fly the kites I had taken – that must be a first for Widdop! But I managed to get my lightest kite up in the air a bit (Phyllis ordered me to run with it!!), and Freda held the string from inside the minibus - armchair kite-flying! But we were soooo lucky with the weather and, although the air on the tops was cold, the rain held off until a sharp shower hit our minibus as we drove home on the Long Causeway – so the moors provided us with spectacular skies and quite a bit of bright sun. Even Dave the driver joined in when we were discussing windfarms (he was strongly in favour of them!).
I LOVE working with Mytholm Court residents, they are a lovely gang, and they couldn’t say thankyou enough to the Watershed project for their two hour mystery tour today!
Char March - I'm a freelance writer and tutor. I am Writer-in-Residence for the Pennine Watershed Project, and this blog takes you through some of the work I've done in that role