Apart from being passionate about flowers and social history I enjoy cross country running. I’d never dreamt I’d ever use the phrase `I’m a runner’, let alone say that I enjoy cross country running, but I do!
I had admired a wonderful host of golden daffodils on my way to work and decided to plan a run around the daffs. I don’t run to be competitive. Running helps me keep a certain level of fitness and being out and about in the sunshine or showers lifts my spirits. I also treat my runs like treasure hunts actively looking out for beauty. I don’t mind if I’m out for an extra hour when I’ve got distracted taking a few snaps of flowers that catch my eye along the way.
I stopped for quite a while to admire the drifts of golden daffodils and was trying to get the best shots I could of the blooms with my camera phone. At that moment a lovely gentleman came out of his house and offered to take my picture. We had quite a chat. I discovered that he had planted the bulbs as a neighbourhood community project over 10 years ago.
After that I continued with my 6 mile route and found a few other gems to photograph along the way.
I had been so struck by the beauty of the flowers in Drayton that I went back on St David’s Day to photograph the daffodils with my `proper’ camera.
At the base of the trees there were also some very pretty clumps of violet-blue grape hyacinths in flower. There is something about this colour combination that works so well together.