Last Saturday was extremely busy. It was the local flower show and the church choir had been asked to sing at a wedding. Fairly early in the morning I took thirteen photos to the flower show and entered them in the appropriate classes. There were six to choose from:
Capturing a season in nature
A garden of flowers
My favourite tree
Then I went to choir practice and the wedding service, which was lovely. I knew the bride when she was a child. After lunch I went back to the flower show, which is perhaps the social highlight of the summer here. I was delighted to have won two first prizes and a third prize. These are the original photos, which won. The portrait view won the 3rd prize. For the 4″ x 6″ prints I had to crop them slightly. (The classes in which I was successful were numbers 2-4 above.)
A few weeks ago I posted some photos from the weekend at Scargill House at the beginning of June. The weather became increasingly warm as the days went by. On the Sunday afternoon after most of the writers had left for home it was hotter than I like it.
I went to have a look at the walled garden. The sun was blazing down on the benches, so I took a few snaps and retreated to the relative cool of the sunroom!
I recently went to Yorkshire to spend a weekend in the company of writers. It was a fiction-writing weekend. The weekend was well-organised with good food and good company. I took some time out from listening to and writing words to go on a walk with five other people. We went to a local land mark known as Connie Pie (short for Conistone Pie). The weather was ideal for walking – dry but not too hot.
Blue sky in another direction
View from the top
Apart from taking snaps of the views, I also recorded some wild flowers, which I did find familiar. I’m not aware of these species growing near my home. At the beginning of June there were a few late spring flowers and more summer flowers. In Scargill House I found some folders with pictures and names of the local flora. There were also bird books to help identify the birds, which visited a feeding station outside one of the windows. I also learned from a book of long-distance walks that the Dales Way, which runs from Ilkley to Windermere, passes close to Scargill House.