Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons #9

Month number nine already and the summer is slipping away fast. Not that there has been much of a summer in this region, July and August proved to be wetter than average and colder too. No sitting outside on a warm evening sipping a cold Sauvignon blanc. More a case of looking for the bedsocks.

Entrance to Ludlow Castle

Date: September 11 2015
Weather: sunshine and overcast
Temperature: Mild (17°C)
Time: 12:30 – 14:30 PM

Corve Street – looking south to the Shropshire Hills

September in Ludlow is Food Festival time when the town is invaded by visitors seeking the perfect sausage on the sausage trail. The three butchers compete to create a new one each year. So far I have only tasted the boar, sage and red currant one but can report that it is VERY nice. In fact some are sizzling in the pan as I write this. If that doesn’t float your boat then there is a Real Ale Trail and Pudding Tastings too as well as many different exhibitors, demonstrations and free samples.

We’ll begin then with a few views of the festival and some of the interesting window displays that shops enter each year. I don’t agree with the results, but what do you think? And I shall link these to Dawn’s Lingering Windows.

First Prize: Harp Lane Deli

Second Prize: Jewellers

Third Prize: Emporos

Now for a wander around the town which is a lot quieter than I would have expected on this first day of the festival. But a class of excited youngsters queue up in Castle Square to stroke the ‘dog in the pram’ which makes its presence here every year to raise money for the Animal Hospital.

Castle Square

And there are a few people milling around the castle gardens among the lime trees, picnicking on the grass or sitting eating ice-cream on the benches. I notice a few changes in the colour of the foliage as I pass by on my way down to the river. As you can see it is warm enough to do without a jacket today. (And the lime/linden trees are still looking good ET).

Along the river things still look very green.

Castle and Castle Weir

And much is the same along the Breadwalk. I’d hoped to find some fungi, but not much of interest was to be seen. Maybe next month it will be a little more riveting in the woodland. Hope you have enjoyed the wander this month and not eaten too much at the festival 🙂

Summer’s end

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.

36 thoughts on “Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons #9”

  1. Thank you for that walk round, I enjoyed it very much. I think it’s great when villages have events like this and the whole place is encouraged to take part, and the window displays were rather nice. If it hadn’t been for the touch of autumn shades creeping in, then it still looks quite summery in Ludlow.

    1. Ah, yes, there are little touches of yellow and red creeping into the landscape. On the whole September has been nicer than August.

  2. I love a food and drink festival. And now I have sausage and beer cravings.
    Disagree with First Place in the window display. It looks like something a primary school would enter in the Schools Pavilion at the Royal Show. Thought the jewellery afternoon tea was clever but were those knitted sausages in the last one? Surely that has to contribute to a win.
    Thanks for the new update, although I’m not sure I’m entirely happy with this monthly reminder of how fast time is passing…

    1. I must admit that time goes far too fast now. As a child I was confused by adults saying this, but a couple of years ago I finally understood that if a year = an hour then in 20013 a year = 1/60 or 1 minute for me, whereas for my granddaughter = 1/5 or 12 minutes for her so my world was running 12 times as fast as hers! Phew! Need a lie down now.

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