Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Best of the Bunch


These are the sort of flowers I would have liked to seen in Overbeck’s ( see this post) they were on sale in Totnes town centre

Best of the bunch-2

I bet the bees would prefer them too.

Best of the bunch 1-2

I was rather taken with Totnes, I’d never visited before, I didn’t have long to mooch about, I was ferrying teenagers around, I may return for an in depth study.


Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

13 thoughts on “Best of the Bunch

  1. These are such lovely flowers. You’re right, it seems so sad that cut flowers from the gardens of the estate can’t be used. I would have thought that there would always have been a bed of flowers grown specifically to use as decoration in the big house – so why go out and buy them now? People are strange sometimes!

  2. Glad you liked our county town… I don’t get there often but there’s always intresting shops and places to explore, in my case Shakespeare Glass.

    • Err, my editor in residence has pointed out that not only had I written Taunton when I meant Totnes I’d also linked to Taunton, duhhhhhh. Touch of the sun, maybe or perhaps it was the red wine!! (I’ll edit the post to cover my blushes!)
      By coincidence, I own a piece of Shakespeare Glass, I never knew where it came from, I bought it from a gallery in Buxton. It is one of my most precious things, a blue glass bowl with ‘peacock eye’s’ of green glass

  3. Beautiful. SOmething so very timeless about these.

  4. Gorgeous summer color, Uhdd. I’d love to have them growing in my beds, but my front yard isn’t suitable and my back yard beds are destroyed by my dogs – they don’t understand why they can’t run through them!

  5. Beautiful flowers. The honey looks pretty good too.

  6. Lovely flowers. So much superior to the superstore-bought varieties.

  7. Lovely flowers, definitely what is called for! A petition may be in order 😉

    Funny, I read another blog today where they mentioned that Totnes was a great spot, so two for Totnes, and Taunton will have to wait.

  8. Just read all of these Overbecks posts in one go. Looks like you had a lovely day of it. I have fond memories of being allowed out on my own to visit National Trust properties. The flowers, the cream teas, the labels and guide books; there was time for them all. Bliss!

    I hope you are enjoying your holiday. Looks like you are getting better weather than up here, where it has rained every day since the start of our school holidays.

    Just discovered that of all the blogs I discovered when I first started reading yours, yours is the only one still appearing regularly. Well done! That’s a real achievement.

  9. I love Totnes, and try to go there when I visit my parents. As for Shakespeare glass, it’s not really my thing, but I did sell my old chicken ark to Mr Shakespeare! He’s a very nice man 😀

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