Shrewsbury Flower Show

It has been a few years since I went to this show. But, with a decent weekend forecast and having lots of other events in the area cancelled due to the appalling weather this summer, I decided it was time for a visit. The gate tickets are not cheap for sure but, the firework display is always phenomenal so we made a day of it.

As always, there were fabulous flower displays in the tents and a host of other entertainment.

Some was definitely geared towards the younger visitors but, we both enjoyed the quad bike stunts.

The Dingle looked as beautiful as ever although, I have so often gone down there with my camera at lunch, it seemed strange to see quite so many people!

As well as the military band, this year for the first time, they also had a folk group playing ~ the Oysterband. I confess to being quite surprised, I always think of the flower show committee as being a little er “set in their ways”! It was most enjoyable sitting on the bank with a glass listening to some lovely music.
Finally, of course, the fireworks! These have always been spectacular and this year was no different. They did put them to music which contributed hugely to what was already a fabulous atmosphere……

I have chosen three to provide you with an idea but there are a dozen or so in a Flickr album for anyone else that loves fireworks ……

Ice, Sparkles and Snow

I suspect that many people will know that the UK has been experiencing some very low temperatures of late. A lot of places have been covered in snow with large amounts falling on many in the eastern/northern counties. Here in Bridgnorth we have an inch or so right now but we have so far avoided large downfalls.
But, we have had some very cold crisp days and with minus 12 being recorded in the county over the weekend, so I was taking images of ice on the windows.

Out in the garden, the grass was spectacular with the frost that has built up. We had some fun with blades of grass, simple but fun. Although, I suspect you will have to click on it to see the sunny sparkles.

The ice on the trees has made them all look magical and when the skies are blue, it looks almost unreal.

The image above if of St Chads church in Shrewsbury taken from the Quarry Park.

I also stopped on the way into work one of the mornings because I couldn’t resist the sun rising through the white trees.
By the end of the weekend it had got so cold that some indoor photography was necessary, with such sub zero temperatures, it was almost too cold to go out!