Thursday, 20 June 2019

Big Derbyshire Day Out - part 1; Ashford in the Water well-dressings

Last week was Tissington's turn, now Ashford in the Water has become the centre of attention - at least if you're looking for well-dressings.

There are six wells spread around this small village, with a wide variety of designs from Puccini's Madame Butterfly to a very hungry caterpillar and a tiger coming to tea.

This one celebrates the designs of Scottish architect and artist Charles Rennie Mackintosh, with one of his art nouveau roses as the centrepiece and below a depiction of Hill House, Helensburgh which he designed.

 A timely reminder to Save The Bees

 and a celebration of 70 years of National Parks

There was also a flower festival taking place in the church - worth a look if it's open -

and Ashford itself a charming village, with roses climbing round many of the local Derbyshire stone windows.

 Some of the locals were intrigued by us visitors, coming to see what we were up, and agreeing to have their photos taken. They seemed placid animals but I wouldn't want to get too close to those horns - they were behind a wall though!

We sat a while down by the river Wye, watching the ducks floating downstream and flying back up, like children on a slide, before heading off for the next part of our day out.

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