On our way back to the car we stopped to have a look at Eddie Hallam's gallery. Ike and Rob were looking through the window when Eddie came out from his house and offered to open up for us and have a look around. There are some fabulous pieces of work in there.animals, and birds of all sorts cast from bronze. Eddie is a very enthusiastic character and just loves his work. He went through the process from beginning to end how he sketches everything first, then rough models which he calls manikins right through to the lost wax method of producing the castings. His castings are produced in one of Birmingham's fine art foundries. We said our farewells to Eddie and had our breakfast at the small pond in front of the entrance to Riber Castle. After breakfast it was back to the car and off to Cromford canal for half an hour, then back home.
|Dawn over Belper|
|Sunrise from Riber|
|Looks like an old well|
|Looks like the coping stone has been clipped and moved.|
|Fantastic chimney pots|
|A fine weather vane|
|A solitary Grave|
|Village post & phone box|
|Geoff with sculptor Eddie Hallam|
|Eddie with one of his fine bronzes|
|This is an ordnance survey level marker|
|The OS level marker is inside this enclosure|
|Beautiful looking horse|
|Geoff with his new walking pole|
|The barge at Cromford Canal|
|Swans on the canal|
|Feeding the ducks|
|A tree growing over this old stone footbridge|
|Geoff, Rob, Me and Ike|
|Ike had bought some cheese from the shop at Cromford canal|
This was more a ramble than a walk but very pleasant and meeting Eddie Hallam was the icing on the cake. We couldn't get close to Riber Castle, its now being turned into apartments. I remember it when it was a zoo and took the kids there before it closed. Eddie was involved in it back in those days and i believe they were world authorities on Lynx.
See you next week.