Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons #7

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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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.

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.

    1. The limes were in leaf last month, I don’t think they have changed much, but I will go and have a look for you 🙂

    2. Just for you I went out this afternoon (and also to try out my new camera) and took this

      and lots more hanging baskets!

      1. Aaah, that’s better! Only a friend would go out specially. Thanks. The trees look good all dressed up in green. And it looks like you are having some glorious weather.

  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!

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