It's been an enjoyable weekend and I hope you had a good one also. Our weekend celebrations extended into Monday as we celebrated our wedding anniversary the day after Father's Day. This year it was our 52nd wedding anniversary.
I'm joining Riitta's Floral Bliss again this week, but I shall keep my writing brief as I'm experiencing technical problems with my laptop and also the Internet service has been down this morning and has just returned.
The rose called 'Anniversary Rose', which our Berkshire daughter gave us, has been blooming in time for our special day. My husband transferred it from a pot into the ground this Spring and it's doing well.
There are so many flowers in the garden to share with you that I shall do a roundup of them at the end of the month.
Our local daughter invited us for an evening meal at her home for Father's Day and we were given a box of goodies; chocolates and bags of unusual types of pasta and a pretty plant. The above mosaic shows the plant that she and the children gave us. At the moment it's indoors. The mosaic also shows the view from the kitchen door and the developing plum tomato plants (San Marzano). We've already had lots of small, ripe tomatoes that are good for salads.
On Monday we went for a drive out into the Derbyshire countryside. We had decided to revisit Tideswell which I've written about before. However, as we got to the town we realised that it was Festival Day and probably there had been well dressing ceremonies at the weekend. Actually the town wasn't very busy and it was easy to park, take a look at the well dressing pictures made from flower petals and other natural materials and also go into the church. It's called the Cathedral of the Peaks because as well as being a large, beautiful building it has always been an important place of worship that has served the local community over the centuries.
By the side of the drive up to the church was the school children's design and a display of some of their preparatory drawings.
Inside the church there was an exhibition showing the work done by the many and varied organisations and groups in the local community. The above display is just one of them and I'll share more when I write a blog about the church festival.
Further down the high street there was another well dressing display in Fountain Square. It depicts various aspects of Hull, which is this year's City of Culture, including the Minster, Amy Johnson's famous bi-plane Gipsy Moth and the Humber Bridge.
Tideswell was looking very colourful and we could have stopped there for longer, but it was lunch time and we decided to drive back to the Hope Valley and have something to eat in Edale Village. The walk after lunch needs another blog post so I'll leave you with a few photos of the hills of Edale, which is a popular area for hill walkers as it's the start of the Pennine Way National Trail.
The above photo was taken during another visit before the leaves were on the trees. This time the hedges were green and there were wild honeysuckle and dog rose bushes in flower. The tall grasses along the verges of the narrow lane, the only road through Edale Valley, were full of wild flowers.
a rose bush in the churchyard of Holy Trinity Church, Edale