This picture shows one of my favorite places in Teesdale and the North Pennines, (which also falls into the AONB, a designated ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty). The view looks down Blackton Reservoir, once the home of Hannah Hauwell. There’s so much to see in this part of the world, and if you can get here in hay time, you’ll be rewarded with some of the best hay meadows in the UK. You can park your car at Balderhead Reservoir and take a short walk down behind the dam to the bridge at the Nature Reserve. Follow the sign through the gate and you’ll come across Hannah’s Meadow, a fantastic spot for meadow flowers. If I could choose to live anywhere in the world it would be here. These fields were farmed using traditional methods, without the use of modern day artificial fertilisers. The meadows are species rich and home to many breeding birds such as, lapwing, redshank, meadow pipit and skylark. There are many flowering plants including globeflower, wood anemone, ragged robin This area marks a turning point if your journey takes you further up the Tees Valley. Everything after Baldersdale becomes wilder and more remote. The original painting was sent to a friend in California who came to visit us in 2008.