Poppy fields in Rushmere St. Andrew

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From last year, I had been search­ing for a place in UK to shoot poppy fields. I never got proper infor­ma­tion on where I can find pop­pies and when. So when I saw some pho­tographs of poppy fields in Ipswich in a news­pa­per two weeks back, I jumped at the chance. I had to lit­er­ally drag my not-at-all-interested hus­band along to the vil­lage of Rush­mere St Andrew in Ipswich. To do just that– shoot a poppy field in full bloom.

It took almost three and a half hours to reach Ipswich Derby Road sta­tion in Ipswich by train. After hav­ing some fish and chips for lunch, we set out to Rush­mere St Andrew church, which was about 35 min­utes by walk, as per Google maps. We did not have a proper map and were reliant on Google maps and GPS. After promptly tak­ing one or two wrong turns on the road, we man­aged to find the longest route to the local church. After cov­er­ing almost all of the vil­lage, we finally reached Rush­mere St Andrew church just after 4pm. No small feat, con­sid­er­ing we had started at 9 in the morning.

Rushmere StAndrew Church

 

It was a Sat­ur­day and the church was closed. We had to be con­tent with walk­ing around the com­pound and ceme­tery.  OK, now I will tell you why we had come to the church. In the pho­tos I saw of the poppy field, the church’s tower was vis­i­ble in the back­ground. So it had to be some­where near the church. As sim­ple as that. But after cir­cling the church once, I was not very sure any more. We checked from every cor­ner of the church com­pound and there were no poppy fields to be seen any­where. My hus­band was giv­ing me a know­ing look. Was that photo was taken with a really wide angle lens and the dis­tance between the church and pop­pies is actu­ally much more than it seems on the image? Was it a dif­fer­ent church in the photo? I tried to com­fort myself say­ing that will not be the case and it had to be some­where nearby.

I came out of the church feel­ing really bad. Then after cross­ing the road, there it was in front of us, a field painted in Red!

 

It was the first time I ever saw a poppy field in full bloom and it was really really beau­ti­ful. It was a cloudy and windy day and the pop­pies rejoiced sway­ing and danc­ing in the wind.

poppies1

 

 

There was no other peo­ple out there– just rows upon rows of thou­sands of poppy flow­ers, pretty and delicate.

 

Even my not-very-impressed-by-flowers hus­band was impressed. And I was really happy that all that train jour­ney was worth it. I also fin­ished read­ing half of a novel in the train that day.

 

Thanks a lot to the reporter and pho­tog­ra­pher, whose report/photographs led me to this beau­ti­ful poppy field, which I would have never dis­cov­ered oth­er­wise.
Here is the link to the news arti­cle in Daily Mail.

Please visit the gallery for  more  poppy pho­tos from Rush­mere St Andrew.

Farndale Daffodil walk

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Since it was the start of Spring, last week when we planned for walk­ing over the week­end, I pro­posed a Daf­fodil walk. So, off we (my hus­band and me) went for the famous Farn­dale Daf­fodil walk. Farn­dale is part of the North York Moors national park in York­shire. Dur­ing Daf­fodil sea­son, thou­sands of tourists visit this place to enjoy the mil­lions of wild Daf­fodils that bloom along both sides of river Dove.

 

We started the walk from Lowna bridge, a small place with some park­ing facil­ity. The day was bright and sunny and one of the warmest of the sea­son. The pop­u­lar daf­fodil walk starts from Low mill to end at Church Houses. It is a pretty easy walk and can get really crowded in the sea­son. The wild daf­fodils here bloom in late March to early April. They bloom a lit­tle later than the cul­ti­vated vari­ety. Between Lowna Bridge and Lowmill, at the Lowna end, you can watch lot of daf­fodils but with­out the crowds.

 

 

 

We crossed some hills and farms on the way to Low mill. The climb was a bit hard but you are rewarded with beau­ti­ful views from the top.

 

We took a short break near this tiny lit­tle water­fall. It was refresh­ingly green all around.

 

 

The daf­fodils were in all their glory that beau­ti­ful day. You could see a sea of yel­low wher­ever you look. Mil­lions of them lined both sides of  river Dove, soak­ing up all the sun­shine.

 

 

River Dove was beau­ti­ful. So were the myr­iad flow­ers danc­ing in the sun. Exactly as William Wordsworth described in his famous poem “Daf­fodils”

“Beside the lake, beneath the trees,

Flut­ter­ing and danc­ing in the breeze.”


“Ten thou­sand saw I at a glance,

Toss­ing their heads in sprightly dance.”

 


Farn­dale is def­i­nitely the best place to see wild daf­fodils. The walk from Low mill to Church houses is the mostly crowded. There is a small and pub near Church Houses. There is also a moor bus oper­at­ing on Sun­days dur­ing peak sea­son, start­ing from Hutton-le-Hole. We went on a Sat­ur­day and since we parked the car in Lowna, walked all the way back cov­er­ing well over ten miles for the day. Although my feet  started pain­ing, it was a really enjoy­able experience.

Now, when­ever I hear of the word ‘daf­fodil’, there springs to my mind the image of a mil­lion yel­low dots sway­ing in the breeze, thanks to the Farn­dale daffodils.


More infor­ma­tion on Farn­dale Daf­fodil walk is avail­able from the fol­low­ing links–

http://www.farndale.org/daffy.htm

http://www.sharemyroutes.com/routes/United-Kingdom/Farndale-North-York-Moors/Farndale-Daffodil-walk/details.aspx