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johnriley1uk’s latest blog : the arley garden festival 2021

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The Arley Garden Festival 2021

27 Jun 2021 5:30PM  
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This morning I packed the Pentax K-3 II and the SMC Pentax-DA 18-135mm WR lens into my 40-year-old trusty Billingham Alice bag, travelling light, and we all went down to Arley Hall and Gardens for the second day of the annual garden festival. It’s always interesting, with stalls, plants for sale, arts and crafts, Gardener’s Question Time, lectures and even classic cars. More of the cars tomorrow. So I looked the part with my equally trusty Harris Tweed jacket and its matching cap, also known as my “wee bonnet” by my Scottish friends.

One thing that was obvious was that we are not yet fully recovered commercially speaking from the effects of the pandemic. Some exhibitors were missing, and the attendance was clearly down. Not too disasterous maybe, but definitely down. Hopefully by next year things will be better recovered, but the upside is that it was quite good to be able to get around with smaller crowds of people. less queueing for lunch if nothing else. We bought a bit more than usual as a token of our support, but it’s a drop in the ocean.

I’ve prepared some pictures, so let’s have a look at what we have.

The Wabash Jazzmen
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Queues for lunch were fairly light.
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Exhibits from local primary schools were very much reduced.
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Hand made arts and crafts
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Japanese astilbe
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Bonsai Japanese maple
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Fuschia
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Red Begonia
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Yellow Begonia
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Chinese silver grass
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Deergrass
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Vintage tools for sale
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WWF
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Happy working with wood
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Big man, little sax
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Big man, big sax
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