Sunday, 5 July 2015

By a river one summer's evening {Sunday Snap}

River Nene at Fotheringhay Summer by the river where weeping willow gently dips into the glassy waters and the noise of rooks contemplating an early roost passes over my head.

Further up are the small masonry remains of a castle, notable for the birthplace of Richard III and the execution of Mary Queen of Scots. Today, the stillness is punctuated by boating life. A boat just near the bridge I stand on has a man cleaning and tidying his pretty folk painted castle of his own, hoover and radio on.
Summer scenes near the river I'm surrounded by verdant english fields, broad beans in one, some sheep in the distance, fishermen walking along a sinuous pathway in another. Calling it a day, as are we on this final stop before teatime,  Bucolic scenes in the evening sunshine. Every field is buffered by wild flowers, mainly white umbelifers and the river has a fine edging of reed.  By the hump back bridge, honouring the Scottish queen perhaps - a patch of purple thistle.

If I were inclined to paint with watercolour, I would do so here. The light so delicate and perfect cloud reflections. I wish I could have waited for the sun to set but a car full of hungry boys meant I had to carry on. 
purple thistle

{Fotheringhay village, Northamptonshire}

Sunday Snap

14 comments:

Foz said...

Lovely pictures of all the flowers! Would love to visit those gardens

Stephanie Robinson said...

Beautiful gardens - and loving that you keep finding hidden gardens ... no pressure hey :) x #hdygg

Sarah Ebner said...

These are gorgeous - sorry to hear they suffered from the storms, but it's wonderful that volunteers have helped them back to great health.

Jen Walshaw said...

There is something so special about public gardens and that more and more of them are being resurrected and improved. They are a great thing that the victorians left us. I wish that more green place was planned and added to newer developments.

Joanne Dewberry said...

Aww what beautiful images! I love flowers and I love the yellow ones peaking through the bench slats!

Bex @ The Mummy Adventure said...

That first garden looks stunning! I wish we could find more places like this locally

Gretta Schifano said...

What fantastic places! It's good to hear that local volunteers helped to restore the gardens for everyone to enjoy.

Claire Toplis said...

OOOH what prettiness I love gardens like these

Beautyqueenuk said...

I would love more flowers in my 'garden' which is more of a terrace with a few pots x

Michelle Twin Mum said...

Great finds, I do love to find a good public garden and then we able to isit. I am lucky currently to live in 220 acres of glorious lands. Mich x

Kara said...

What beautiful gardens. My own is a shambles but I do love looking around gardens that are lovingly cared for

Vaichin@RamblingThroughParenth said...

Those flowers are so pretty. It is so nice to see well-tended public places.

Mama Syder said...

I love the yellow flowers poking through the bench, so pretty x

Charly Dove said...

Ooh just lovely! I love gardens generally but even better when they're tucked away. So pretty x

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