Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons #4

Four months into the year already and I’m on the hunt for some colour! I am a little early this month as I shall be away in Cornwall when I normally post this walk. So let’s see what has changed since March.

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Well, those trees are still dormant. But there is some colour around the castle grounds although not as much as there was at this time last year when the blossom and magnolia were already in full flower.

Blossom buds

Date: April 5 2015 [Easter]
Weather: sunshine
Temperature: Warm (15°C)
Time: 3 – 4 pm

There are more people now, wandering around the town and castle. Even sitting on the benches! The one below is my favourite as you have an amazing view across to Whitcliffe and also it is in the sun.

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Sitting on a bench outer castle walls

I thought that for a change I would nip through the outer wall of the castle and wander down to the river from there, to see if there is any sign of life. It is a glorious day and the sun is warm. Birds, especially robins, are singing their hearts out and the ducks are pairing up. I’m happy to find wild violets, blue anemones, daisies and a small tortoiseshell butterfly. There were several sulphur yellow male brimstones too, but they flitted about so fast in the sunshine never coming to rest.

Whenever I walk around the castle I think of Catherine of Aragon looking out of those windows. It’s strange to think that she once lived here.

[In 1501, at the age of 16, Catherine arrived in England after a treacherous three-month sea voyage. She was married to Prince Arthur – now 15 – in old St Paul’s Cathedral. They moved to Ludlow Castle on the Welsh border. Unfortunately their marriage was to be short-lived as Arthur contracted what may have been “sweating sickness” and died shortly afterwards.]

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Millennium Green looking greener

People are out an about on the Millennium Green and even playing in the water, though not yet in swimsuits. The water level is low, but the river is running fast.

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Continuing along the Breadwalk it is noticeably greener, though the trees are still bare. I hadn’t realised how late it is before they get new leaves. Recent rain has caused the path to be quite muddy and I see that I missed the egg rolling.

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The daffodils are in flower now

I searched for my swans, but to no avail. Maybe they have headed further downstream to breed. I hope that they are still around. Heading back up the Lower Broad Street I notice that there are more spring bulbs flowering in the pots and the cherry tree has new leaves.

Spring is later this year, but as one gardener said to me this should be better for the late spring and summer flowers as they will avoid the threat of a late frost.

The Cardinal has decided to have a photo project going throughout 2015 – a blogging event, a monthly photo challenge. Find a location near your home, take somewhere between 5-20 photos and post them in a gallery in your blog. Continue to do this every month. The idea is to capture all the changes: the seasons, the weather, different times of the day, some night photography perhaps?

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Heyjude

I now live in the UK, but spent several years travelling and then living in South Africa. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

56 thoughts on “Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons #4”

  1. About the same level of change around here Jude. Lots of mud remaining on the paths, without the heat required to dry it into ruts. We do have the swans still, and the egrets, which have stayed all winter, surprisingly. Two days of warm sunny weather have brought the birds out in abundance, and blue tits have started to use the nest box on the oak tree at the back.
    Ludlow is looking good though, bodes well for summer.
    Regards as always, Pete. x

  2. Thanks for the stroll around the castle and sharing your photos of the surroundings. Catherine of Aragon was an early widow. Times have changed since her days!
    I love cherries, they’re one of my favorites.

    1. I love cherries too, but I’m not at all sure about these berries. I shall keep my eye on this little tree… Apparently C of A was betrothed to Prince Arthur when she was only 3 years old! Hard to imagine that, but I know arranged marriages do still occur in some parts of the world.

    1. I love England for the seasons – spring and autumn being my favourites. I hope it stays dry in Cornwall – looking forward to seeing the coast 🙂

  3. Your photographs are spectacular, Jude, sharp and vivid. I yearn for spring and these satisfy that hankering for the moment. Thank you for the picturesque walk.
    BTW, love the new header. 🙂 ❤

  4. I read a biography of Catherine of Aragon when I was a teenager and have felt an affection for her ever since. She didn’t have her head chopped off, but she certainly suffered in other ways. I’d forgotten she lived in Ludlow.

    I’m in my second round of your monthly posts now so I can appreciate the changes. Lovely photographs, as ever.

  5. Another lovely set of pix. I think my personal favourites have to be the daffodils with the street/houses as a backdrop and of course the first one with that tree and bench and the castle behind. Your pix always have such perfect clarity!

    It’s interesting to me that you’ve used this quote about Catherine…..Just this morning I began a book about her and not 30 minutes ago, I read of this very voyage that brought her to England that you’re speaking of here. Weird coincidence, huh?

    I’m very much looking forward to your trip to Cornwall too. Can’t wait to see the pix from that! Am hoping you’re going to post while you’re there or else that you’re not going to be gone overly long! 🙂

    1. Oh, thanks Torrie – glad you enjoyed the post – the history of this place is quite outstanding. I hope to post from Cornwall but it will depend on the WiFi which can be flaky.

  6. If you are feeling bad about late spring you could pop over here where the grass is just contemplating where it should burst into green again. Such a gorgeous walk as always. I really liked seeing the castle but the close up of the buds was my fave this time around.

  7. I love this walkaround with you. The photo of the Millennium Garden with the Castle in the background on the top of the hill is stunning. I feel like I could (and I really want to) just walk right into the picture! I can start to see the green haze of the leaf buds on the trees. It will be a while yet before we start to see that kind of life.

    1. Mmm… yes Sue and Tess have said the same. I hadn’t realised how long the winter lasts for you Canadians. Feel free to wander around the castle Jo, I’ll even let you share that bench with me 🙂

  8. I find that a fascinating thought too Jude, that Catherine of Aragon once lived there, being a Tudor nut 😉 Your photos are so beautiful, makes me so glad to be in England at this time of year, everything bursting into glorious spring colour. I’m glad it’s not as early as last year, hopefully we won’t get any nasty frosts just as things are really blooming. But today in the garden, I saw several bumble bees which is wonderful and a couple of butterflies. Also a very horrible queen wasp in the summerhouse…not so nice 😮 Have a lovely time in Cornwall, give me a wave as you drive by 😀 xx

    1. I studied the Tudors at school. Would never have believed then that I would be living and walking streets where once a Tudor prince lived and died. I bet your garden is bursting into life now. I can’t quite believe how quickly things grow once they get a bit of warmth!

  9. Missed the egg rolling, Jude! I know how you love a bit of exercise 🙂 I was up on the cliff tops this morning and the gorse is full on! A few primroses in sheltered spots and even an orchid or two (I think!) It’s been too good to be true. Did battle with a well overgrown clematis montana this afternoon. Worn out now! Nearly wine time 🙂 Gone myself on Wednesday so will catch you up when we’re both back. Have fun!

    1. Hahaha Jo! I hope this weather lasts, though I know it is meant to get cooler. Oh, well, as long as it remains dry! Have a good trip – you away for long?

        1. Gosh you are going to be busy, busy, busy. Are you meeting up with Meg in Poland? She is there again in May isn’t she? We may cast our eyes around a few properties…

        2. I would have loved to but I will mostly be in Krakow, with maybe a quick trip north to see aunt and uncles. I’m only there a week and Warsaw is about a 4 hour rail trip 😦

    1. Always very busy around there when the sun is out. We call it ‘Ludlow Beach’ as kids love to paddle there. Also feed the ducks. And there is a good café and ice-cream. Tempted?

    1. if you want to live in the countryside with no motorways nearby, then it is a perfect town, even has a railway station! Lots going on, good, no make that great, local produce, beautiful views, loads of history. BUT it is a landlocked county and at least 2 hours to the Welsh coast so not easy to do in a day. I have always wanted to live by the coast again (after my years in Cape Town) and although I have enjoyed living here, I would like to end my days closer to the coast. Smell the sea, watch the waves, photograph the sunsets and the fishing boats.

  10. As wonderful as ever, my friend ! – beautiful shots of a glorious part of England. I think the violets won my heart; but the old town is splendid; and of course the castle ruins are … well, they make me VERY jealous of you …

  11. I was interested to read that Catherine lived there. Like some of your other readers I have read her biography and have always felt she was hard done by and still managed to retain her dignity.

    It looks like spring is on the way at last.

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