The difference a year makes…

Last year I was involved in a fascinating project run by Lisa of the blog NorthWest Frame of Mind to show what was happening in different parts of the world at the same time of day. One of the most interesting and challenging projects I have participated in. Anyway, one of my ‘hours‘ was to show the back of my Ludlow house and the abandoned allotment.

At the back

Last year poppies flourished and all matter of weeds wild-flowers grew. This year the plot is smothered in Valerian of all shades – deep red, deep pink and even white. Of the poppies there has been no sign. But the most magnificent rambling rose is tumbling over the wall and the potting shed has practically disappeared from view as the ivy reclaims it.

Last Year

This Year

And a neigbourhood cat has claimed it for his crash-pad.


I shall link this post to the WPC Muse as Ludlow seems to have been a major source of inspiration for my photography over the last four years. The history of this Medieval town is fascinating; its importance hundreds of years ago when royalty lived in and visited the castle; the battles fought here in the War of the Roses. Its very position on the Marches – the turbulent Welsh/English border. With the rolling countryside surrounding the town and the wonderful open-air markets selling local produce along with all the festivals held each year this place has contributed enormously to my blog. I just hope I haven’t bored you 😀

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

52 thoughts on “The difference a year makes…”

  1. You have such an interesting place to live (for the moment, and I’m sure where ever you move next is going to be just as interesting to share with us!!!) and it has produced so many interesting and varied posts Jude, never boring. Those then and now comparisons are amazing. Was all that transformation achieved by Mother Nature on her own or did she get some help?….

    1. Well it is not just this patch of land but the whole town. I have written rather a lot about it over the past couple if years 😀

    1. Such a shame she didn’t win the match, she played really well against Serena who can be very intimidating! I don’t know what’s worse, watching a Brit lose or win, lots of breath-holding!

      1. So close but in the end Serena turned up the heat at the right moment. I’m off tennis, but Heather had me rooting for her. Maybe that’s what did it 😦

  2. Aww, so glad you are also finding beauty in negative spaces and although the Cape Town street art is really good, I do prefer all that prettiness. Isn’t nature just so awesome?

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