My younger daughter lives in Westcott, a village close by Waddesdon Manor, and just opposite her live a couple, Linda and Jim, both inveterate gardening enthusiasts, and I was invited to see their garden as they prepare for an upcoming Open Gardens Event. Though I did not have the ideal lens for the task, as the only suitable one I had was the 35mm f/1.4, I knew it could be pressed into service and do the photographs fair justice, so I asked could I take some shots.
As I entered the back garden, I could hear the whistling calls of two red kites just beyond their back fence, with one settled in a tree only a mere twenty feet from me, and the other lens I had with me, the 150-600mm was in my daughter’s cottage, so for this afternoon they were not going to be the subject of my lens, and the wide angle 35mm was even less suited to that task than the one I was about to put it to!
The gallery of images that I took represent my portrayal of the result of many hours of hard work and diligent weeding by the couple. I feel sure that visitors to their garden will not leave disappointed, I just hope that on the day, they are as equally blessed as I was, with warm milky sunshine.