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Monday, 28 September 2020

Up the Hill, having come from Marston Moretaine

It is quite some time since I made a visit to a nearby hilltop Farm. When I was last there, a considerable amount of soil had been dug out to create a large mound in an offset centre position, with a plan to prepare a sound base so that the mound could become an island when the surrounding area had been flooded to create a lake.
The intention upon completion was to create a dramatic backdrop as the central Feature for a Weddings Venue, and I am guessing that by this year, the plans were that this would be fully operational, but the Covid 19 pandemic has dealt a severe blow to prospects of an early opening. It is such a shame as the isolation, the outstanding panoramic views make this, and it's central Bedfordshire location make this an idyllic setting for a Wedding Venue.
When I had parked the car, I took note as to how far advanced the work had progressed, and that water now filled the space I had last seen being excavated. I then entered the Office to speak to the Owner, and the owner's wife told me that sadly at present opening is delayed due to the obvious current restrictions. However, she mentioned that further up the hill beyond their barns and management offices there was a field full of Sunflowers. Despite the somewhat windy conditions and only occasional bright sunlight, this was too good an opportunity to miss. 
I was very grateful to be offered such an opportunity, even though the gusty nature of the wind and the fitful appearance of clear sunshine did make the taking of photos somewhat haphazard. It was especially difficult in terms of trying to compose a picture. Although the final gallery might seem overly full of vaguely similar images, I culled many, many more — I was in fact attempting to create images that could have added text messages placed within, as possible cards for memorable occasions in the future — a final use for much of my cards to family and friends. If in the very near future we are blessed with far less wind and some blue sky and bright sunshine I may seek another visit, but I really wish I had considered making my trip at least a fortnight earlier!
I sincerely wish this current Covid situation ends soon for the Venue to open as soon as practicable, because it promises to be a wonderful location for couples to celebrate their Wedding Days with its spectacular views.

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