One swallow doesn't make a Summer but it does help. Yesterday - the day we went to two parties - was a perfect Summer's Day. The first party was a lunch party - in the garden - in the warm sun. I can't think of a nicer thing to do than sit in the sun eating lovely food and chatting to friends. Unfortunately I can't show you because I forgot to take my camera!
The other one - a sixtieth birthday bash - was also in the garden. Delicious food again and good company. This time I did remember to take my camera. Although the light was fading (it didn't start until 8pm) I managed to get a few photographs of the garden for you to enjoy.
You will see they have a medlar tree - it is only the second one I have ever seen - I think this was a very popular tree in Elizabethan times but I am not sure what they did with the fruit. Does anybody out there know?
Also - does anyone know the name of the tall, thistle-like plant with yellow flower heads? It filled a dark corner and looked really majestic.
Sue, who does this garden, is a very busy lady - a farmer's wife, a school secretary, a mum. She says she has a "really good do" in the garden in Spring and then, apart from mowing the lawns, it has to look after itself until the Autumn. I suppose this is the essence of a good garden - it doesn't show that no one does any weeding in the Summer - there is so much ground cover that it all looks pretty immaculate. The low sun showed it to its best advantage, kittens from the farm cats romped and played in and out of the plants, silkie hens scratched in a pen in the corner, geese and two Jersey cows grazed in the field beyond the ha-ha - lovely evening.
We are off now to walk across the Ribblehead railway viaduct - there are no trains today and there are organised walks throughout the day. The weather forecast is absolutely abominable - heavy rain and strong winds - so we are packing waterproofs. I guess if the wind is too strong the walks will be cancelled, but we are going full of enthusiasm - and taking the camera.