2016: the year of spaciousness

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August escape

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IMG_1801The sunflower that was just a bud at the start of the week is now fully out, and the bees are thoroughly enjoying it…

IMG_1798I’ve never grown sunflowers before and am in awe of the fantastic spiral patterns in their centres – this is only a small one but really, why would you want to grow the super tall ones when it’s so much more satisfying to see their flowers up close?

We had a quick day trip up to the Lakes yesterday and called in at Holehird, the display gardens of the Lakeland Horticultural Society – these must be some of the best sited gardens in the UK – they overlook the Coniston Fells, Langdales and Lake Windermere. Superb colour groupings as well, this one in particular caught my eye.

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IMG_1796The photo above was taken in the gardens about 5pm and the hazy evening light was just gorgeous. The Lakes is so stunning though that even with no guiding hand in place the scenery can still take your breath away.

IMG_1790Despite it being a Bank Holiday week, the hills were surprisingly quiet and it was a fantastic peaceful interlude. Sun, a gentle breeze, lovely views, tarns with wild water lilies, inviting paths, rocks to scramble over, and you’re never more than a few miles from a great cake shop. Perfect for August chilling out.

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