Hello, thank you for dropping in. It's Monday morning and it's pouring with rain - in fact, the rain woke me in the night so it's been falling for hours. I am sure the garden will be grateful but the laundry basket isn't.
Saturday, on the other hand, was glorious. I was in Ilam in the Peak District with some friends and although it was a bit nippy when a cloud covered the sun, it didn't happen much. I was here in February when it was grey but this time, it was overwhelmingly green, so much so that it quite took my breath away. Have a look at this (it will get bigger if you click on it) -
And this -
All that new green foliage, living and vital, set my heart soaring. The sun sparkled on the River Manifold -
The water is so clear -
And the bank was covered with flowers. Here are wild garlic, pink campion, yellow archangel and forget-me-nots (I think, please correct me if I'm wrong) all growing together -
There was a LOT of wild garlic, it lined the paths -
And we all stopped and got our cameras out when we reached this spot -
Yep, that whole bank is carpeted with wild garlic. I know that it's very pretty and that many people love it, but I really don't like the smell and in such abundance it absolutely stank. So, a feast for the eyes but not for the nose.
There is a little church in Ilam which houses the tomb of St Bertram who lived and then died here about 1,300 years ago. It is a special place. The church is usually open but if you arrive and find it locked, go to Dovedale House, the old vicarage which is in sight of the church, and find Lizzie and Mark, who are the keyholders, and they will open it up for you. It's worth a visit.
It was a memorable day: a beautiful place, good weather and lovely company. That's why I wanted to record it here and share it with you.
See you soon.
Love, Mrs Tiggywinkle x