Thoughts from the Peaks
A few weeks back we went on a jaunt to the Peak District– and I’ve only just got around to looking at the photos…
The Peak District is certainly very, er…. peak-y. If you want to go anywhere, it involves going uphill and along a bit, and then downhill, and then up again. Which is a bit of a contrast to flat-as-a-pancake Oxfordshire. But makes for buns of steel. And some spectacular scenery.
Did that just sound very Mary Bennett from Pride and Prejudice in full boring dinner conversation mode: “The North of England, I believe, Mr Wickham, boasts some spectacular scenery.”
Actually, Pride and Prejudice was very much on our minds, because of course Elizabeth Bennett visits the Peak District in the book, and bits of the 2005 P&P film were shot there. (Thoughts on the film? I liked it a LOT- especially the look of it- the costume, ah, the costume!, the locations, and the golden, saturated photography. The only thing that stops it from being absolute PERFECTION is Mr Darcy, who I think is completely miscast, but there we go.)
So the photo at the top of this post is Robin doing his best Keira Knightley impression on Stanage Edge, which is where Elizabeth stands and admires the view. (To the right is the original still from the film.)
The location used for Pemberley in the film is Chatsworth, which we visited. And you may remember there’s a moment when Elizabeth admires a breathtaking sculpture?
Well, it’s every bit as breathtaking close-up. For me, it really is one of the highlights of Chatsworth. It’s the Veiled Vestal Virgin, by Raffaele Monti, and what makes you stop and stare for ages is how the stone has been sculpted to create the effect of a fine chiffon.A hard material used to become a soft one- a kind of alchemy? Your mind knows it’s marble, but all you can see is softness-incredible.
Speaking of hard becoming soft, here’s a couple of other sculptures. What splendid chaps! Again, the way the stone has been worked creates a softness- a texture that reads to the eye exactly like silky fur.
You could almost stroke them, couldn’t you?