Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons #7

Summertime,
An’ the livin’ is easy

More than half way through the year now and for us in the northern hemisphere the days are starting to get shorter. Which is why I have always wondered who decided that school holidays have to be in August? I know that from an historical aspect it was so that the kids could help with the harvests, but those days are long gone so surely it is time to change the term dates?  How nice it would be for school children to have the long summer days of June and July off and to sit their exams in April before the hay-fever season starts. Anyway for all you teaching staff out there, happy holidays, I know you deserve each and every day of them!

I thought I’d have a different wander around the town this month and see what Ludlow in Bloom has to offer and to show you more of the beautiful historic buildings in this town. We’ll start in the street where I usually finish the stroll.

Ludford bridge towards town (Lower Broad Street)

Date: July 10 2015
Weather: sunshine
Temperature: Warm (20°C)
Time: 17:00 – 18:30 PM

Cottage on Lower Broad Street
Cottage on Lower Broad Street
Charlton Arms Terraces over the river
Charlton Arms Terraces over the river

I thought I’d show you part of Ludford as there are a few interesting buildings here. And from the terrace of the Charlton Arms you get good views along the Teme. The warmer weather makes these terraces a great spot for a G&T.

View from the terrace
Old Bell House, once a coaching inn
Old Bell House, once a coaching inn

Leaving the river behind we’ll head back into town and see what floral arrangements we can find.

The Feathers Hotel
The Feathers Hotel

Lovely hanging baskets outside the historic Feathers Hotel built during the reign of James I. The ostrich feather motifs can still be seen on the collars of the three street gables, although now weathered over the centuries. It only became an inn in 1670.

The Bull Tavern
The Bull Ring Tavern

And more outside Ye Olde Bullring Tavern – an impressive timber-framed building in traditional black and white colours. It has its roots in the 14th century though the current building dates from the 17th century.

And the hanging baskets are looking GOOD!

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

60 thoughts on “Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons #7”

  1. As always, the combination of Ludlow, and your eye for a shot, provide a delightful look at your home town, Jude. You seem to have been lucky with the weather too. We have our fifth day of grey here. No colour at all in the sky, and the feeling that it could rain at any moment. So much for summer…(I am with you on the school holidays too, very outdated, in this industrial age.)
    Regards as always, Pete. x

    1. We had good weather last week Pete, but several grey days and rain, for which I am thankful for as then I don’t have to water all the containers! But sun out now and it is HOT!

  2. No lime trees this month? I wanted to see them in leaf! My favourite of all these lovely buildings is the Old Bell House. It is so characterful. One of the things I love most about visiting UK in summer is seeing all the beautiful hanging baskets. They are always gorgeous.

  3. Thanks for the wander around Ludlow, Jude – lovely with the hanging baskets and other floral things… I remember The Feathers (and the castle!) from visits in the past…..

    1. There have been several rainy days since these pictures were taken Sue, but my camera is not waterproof. It is a fair weather camera, much like myself 😀

      I thought I’d mix it up a bit this month and feature the ‘other’ bridge. Dinham usually gets all the attention 🙂

    1. Yes, this little gem has surprised me. I knew very little about it when we moved here, but it was the nicest house we found during our hunt for one near to Shrewsbury, and that was the priority.

  4. Such a gorgeous town, pretty buildings, flowers everywhere , the river and very handsome pubs/hotels. I meant yo complement you on your butterfly shots the other day, superb work. Have you got a new camera recently?

    1. Got a new camera today Gilly – only taken me three years to decide on which one! Now I have to learn how to use it, which will probably take forever. Only photo published is the one in the comments of the lime trees 🙂

        1. We shall see. I just hope it is worth the expense! Had a little play yesterday and hope to do some more today if it stays dry!

  5. Absolutely picturesque, Jude. Loved seeing the hanging baskets and the beautiful architecture. The bridge is wonderful, and the ducklings are too cute. 🙂 I so agree with you about the timing of the school holidays. I wonder if the penny will ever drop, and they’ll get changed. 😕

    1. Thank you Sylvia. The ducklings were so lovely I spent a while photographing them. Haven’t seen my swans though, but I spoke to a couple who were feeding the ducks and they said they’d seen them with two cygnets recently. I may have to go on a swan hunt!

      When I was teaching there was a discussion about changing holidays to more regular dates with four semesters, but no-one could agree 😦 Typical education nonsense. With technology advancing the way it is there will be no need for students to attend schools soon anyway, most teaching (except for PE and some science), can be pretty much done online! There will have to be changes… whether or not for the better who knows!

  6. Haven’t I seen that song somewhere before? 🙂 🙂 And I was actually at Egton Bridge yesterday and found the best stepping stones ever!
    Beautifully done, Jude. You’ll have some lovely photographic memories to take with you when you go.

    1. So do you reckon it was Egton Bridge where I saw the stepping stones? Got another flash of summer yesterday afternoon, but it has hidden itself again this morning. And I was going to go find myself a rose garden…

      1. Yes, pretty certain. I don’t recollect seeing these before and we came on them absolutely unexpectedly. But that’s a story for another post 🙂 Great pub lunches too 🙂

  7. Thank you for the lovely tour – I especially like the black and white buildings, and the hanging baskets!
    I agree about the school summer holiday being at a better time here in England. In Scotland (where I grew up and started my teaching career) the summer holidays begin at the end of June and finish around 17th August. The main exam period is from the beginning of May until the beginning of June. Not quite what you had in mind, but maybe a little closer than what we have now. It took me a long time to get used to the English system where we are at work for the WHOLE of Wimbledon, not just the first week!

    1. I am sure the whole educational system will have to change before long the way technology is advancing. And yes, I agree, watching Wimbledon whilst teaching is practically impossible! And with the fines for parents no state school child will ever be able to go to a match other than at the weekend.

  8. I’ll definitely have a G&T or two with you on that beautiful terrace Jude! What a gorgeous view. Ludlow is just lovely, and those hanging baskets, which are everywhere at the moment, make summer ever more wonderful don’t they? Thank you for showing me more of your lovely town 🙂

    1. It is a very pretty town and I love seeing the floral displays – went and took some more photos of them on other streets the other day! Thank you for joining me on the terrace 🙂

    1. Hanging baskets, floral tubs on every corner, it is full of flowers and colour at the moment. Which reminds me I need to write this year’s Secret Garden post soon!

        1. I did one last year. They are called secret because you cannot access them without going through the house / yard so no-one knows they are there!

        2. It is a charity event put on by the Ludlow in Bloom organisation. Sometimes they have two – one for small gardens and one for larger ones, but this year it has been combined.

        3. There is a similar event in the Hinterland at Mt Tambourine (where Meg’s family live) Spring Festival Unfortunately It is September and I will be house sitting. I used to go regularly before I started travelling.

    1. Charming it is; city it isn’t. Classified as a town, it is really only a large village. 5 minutes in any direction from the centre and you are out in the countryside 🙂

  9. Photos of that bridge in Ludlow never cease to impress me. It’s simply beautiful … and you’re right, the hanging baskets are impressive.

    I finally had to look up Ludlow to see exactly where it was located. I guess I was surprised to read that 20C on July 10th would be considered warm.
    Brrr – I would think that’s a really chilly summer day. So I checked out your weather forecast. Double brrrr … only 10C overnight tonight. Are these normal summer conditions for you?

    1. Funny you should mention the temperatures, I was having this discussion with the OH last night after seeing the weather forecast for the week ahead. The temperatures range between high teens and low 20s – I thought that was low, figured we usually have low to mid 20s, but the forecaster said they were the usual average temps for the month. Really? Where did flaming July go to then? To be honest the temperatures seem pretty much the same all year round now, just variations in winter (gets cold for a few days) and summer (gets hot for a few days). For instance today looks like a November day – grey, damp, drizzle. Guess that’s what you get living in a temperate county 😦

      Still makes buying clothes easy – jeans, tees, light fleece, heavy fleece, raincoat. Just remove what’s not needed!

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