I visited Barnsdale Gardens in Rutland at the end of June, to get some inspiration for my own little garden. I found quite a variety of pleasing plant combinations. And added lots of gorgeous other plants to my wish list!
Geranium 'Rozanne' with a very blue Hosta
Pink Rosa 'Constance Spry' with Stachys 'Byzantia', salvia and Campanula persicifolia (also Nepeta 'Six Hills Giant' just out of shot)
Pink lupin with Astrantia Major
Astrantia Hadspen Blood
Ready to burst! Rosa filipes 'Kiftsgate'
After that floral explosion and with the sun shining I decided to drive over to East Midlands Airport to catch the Vulcan XH588 - the final airworthy plane of its kind - on one of the final UK flypasts before it's retired this year. Not being a regular plane-spotter, I wasn't quite sure where one would go to, well, spot a plane. I drove along the A453 which passes the airport when I saw lots of cars pulled over and people gathering on the embankments near the end of the runway. I pulled in at a layby a short distance along the road, parked up and walked back to the small crowd. There was a mixture of families, young and older, all expectantly glancing to the skies in anticipation. After a wait of about 30 minutes, we spotted the Vulcan, heading in from the opposite end of the runway towards us. It was spectacular, banking, dipping its wings and swooping up into the sky like a paper aeroplane. It passed right over our heads and went back up to the far end of the runway repeating the wing dips and then banking right again before heading onto the final flypast call in Newark. It was all over in a couple of minutes, but I'm so glad I caught it. A really impressive event and one that I'll always remember.
Someone took a video from near my viewpoint.