Duke's Meadows Trust, a community driven conservation charity, has been restoring the riverside park over the past few years. They've created a wonderful new children's paddling pool and converted the old paddling pools into a wildflower garden. Last weekend there was a Springwatch event where we spotted birds, painted pictures, made a bird feeder and a nest box. The whole place has a curious 'lost in time' feel, quiet, green and strangely mid-century. The Farmers market on a Sunday morning has that lovely French rural feel and the whole is greatly enhanced by the lovely allotments adjacent. As we left on Sunday we witnessed a 'perfect allotment moment' - a table set up for lunch with wine and bread and fruit, an artist at her easel drawing a sitting model in charcoal, a man at the table playing a violin, a general mood of timelessness and community. Mmmmm.
Above us all was this divine mare's tail sky - which seemed to be a fitting tribute to the hard working donkeys.