Making things happen

We left the girls in Bakewell, arranging to meet the next day. Stuart and I had to reunite Nick with his electric wheelchair so that he could get himself to the youth hostel in Hathersage, where he would be staying for the next couple of nights. He needs to use public transport for that as the chair is too big and too heavy for an unadapted car. But even writing that sounds improbable, given where he has come from.

There are a good many things that seem impossible for Nick to achieve. Even with the Mountain Trike there are places he would not be able to go and the trike too requires special transport. One of his dreams has been to be alone on the top of the moors; they run in his blood too. One of mine has been to get him to Derbyshire and show him the places I love so much. Once he had settled his bags and ditched the electric chair again, we collected him and set off to make at least part of those dreams come true. Quite how much, even I had no idea.

We drove for a while, showing him Carl Wark and Higger Tor, taking him on a short tour of the area and letting him get a sense of the place, then headed towards Curbar. We were too late for ice-cream, but it is one of those places where there are paths onto the edge of the moor that are almost accessible to wheelchairs. We could, at least, show him the view… Or my companion, taking matters into his own hands, could push the chair right up onto the moors, ignoring the fact that those paths are totally unsuited for pushing anything.

The wind was blowing a gale…you could barely hear yourself think, let alone hold a conversation…but the sun was shining on the rocks, making them sparkle as if strewn with magic. The sky was blue and the earth that impossible green of springtime. It was to places like these that I brought my sons when they were young…and places like these that have seemed out of reach to Nick.

My own love of this land goes deep. We left Nick alone with the wind and the moors and took shelter behind a rock. I don’t think it was the wind in my eyes that left them streaming with tears. This is always a beautiful place, especially when the heather blooms. But it has never seemed more beautiful to me than when, for love, I saw a dream come true.

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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47 Responses to Making things happen

  1. Beautiful post, and I’m so happy for you both.

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  2. Helen Jones says:

    Oh, that’s brought a tear to my eye, Sue. How completely wonderful for you and for Nick. Magical.

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  3. besonian says:

    Beautifully said and written, Sue. A great many try, but few can put their heart on paper like that.

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  4. jenanita01 says:

    Moving moment, for both you and Nick, and lovely to share…


  5. memadtwo says:

    Definitely magic. (K)


  6. Mary Smith says:

    Oh, that’s brilliant, Sue. I had a big lump in my throat reading your post. That last photo of Nick drinking in the views all around him is wonderful.

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  7. trentpmcd says:

    A touching post. A very beautiful spot, and I’m sure one that has much more meaning for you and Nick now. And of course for Stuart, who, if I read this right, did a a lot of the work to make it come true.

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  8. Wonderful to read. I feel so glad you both got your dream. 😊

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  9. Running Elk says:

    Um… I hope you brought him back down again!!! 😉

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  10. What a special and beautiful moment for you both Sue. xx

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  11. Adele Marie says:

    Magical. It gave me good shivers when I read this. What a wonderful magical gift. xxx

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  12. macjam47 says:

    Oh, Sue, you don’t know how happy it makes me feel for you and especially for Nick. He is beyond amazing. Hugs.

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  13. Widdershins says:

    Heavens to Murgatriod! That wind is blowing right through the interwebz and into my eyes! 🙂 … so, he got the trike then? That is such good news! 🙂

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  14. How wonderful Nick was able to reach those localities. 🙂 — Suzanne

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  15. You are so amazing, Sue. Nick and your commitment to doing the things that seem impossible and overcoming all the obstacles in your way is incredible.


  16. paulandruss says:

    You are an amazing writer Sue. You drive emotion right into the heart.


  17. Rae Longest says:

    Gorgeous! And, your writing…I felt I was there.


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