The mermaid has hidden herself away from view, she is secreted amongst the irises.
Thursday 24 June 2021
Wednesday 16 June 2021
A garden created by three generations of female gardeners. It straddles the top of a Cotswold escarpment, and then runs down into a valley with views across to the Vale of Evesham.
Monday 7 June 2021
A short riverside stroll, a quick cycle ride or a gentle punt along the River Cam takes you away from the hustle of Cambridge to "The Orchard" in Grantchester; an oasis of calm, that has been an essential part of Cambridge life for over 120 years. The history of "The Orchard" began in 1897 when a group of Cambridge students asked the landlady of Orchard House if they could take tea in the orchard rather than on the front lawn as was their custom. The practice soon became the norm and the place grew in popularity with students. The next phase in the history of "The Orchard" began when the poet Rupert Brooke took up lodgings in the house in 1909. A very popular graduate student within the university community, Brooke attracted an illustrious following.
Amongst them was........
Augustus John - Painter - shown with Tallulah Bankhead - an American actress from a prominent Alabama political family. Her grandfather & uncle both served as US Senators, and her father was Speaker of the House of Representatives. She supported liberal causes, including the budding civil rights movement.
Ludwig Wittgenstein - Philosopher......
The first 8 images courtesy wiki
Friday 4 June 2021
We visited some old haunts over the last Bank-Holiday weekend, but by far the biggest treat for us was being able to spend time with both of our sons and their families - it felt as if the good old days were back. We walked the Hicca Way, a route that follows the River Hiz Valley in Hertfordshire. The name of the walk is taken from the Saxon Hicca Tribe who occupied the land around the river, at what is now Hitchin. Here King Offa of Mercia created an important religious settlement in 792AD. When Danish invaders settled just north of the area the Saxons were forced to pay a regular 'Danegeld' tax to save their land from attack. The tax is thought to have been bread rather than silver.
There was an over-the-top profusion of buttercups in the meadows, everything was looking extremely lush, very green, and very golden. I do hope that this also bodes well for the farmers and their crops this year too. The air was filled with the scent of wild flowers along with bird songs and insect chirps. We even heard the iconic sound of our first Cuckoo this year and then watched as it flew across the meadows. When walking with our youngest son there are not many birds or bird songs that escape his attention.