We had made no plans for the Bank Holiday weekend other than to make the most of any fine weather and to keep our spending to a limit. So on a dry but cloudy Sunday we headed off to the nearby village of Elford to visit their annual Scarecrow Festival and also to wander around the walled garden there.
Here are my highlights and a few of the seventy odd scarecrows dotted around the village.
Childhood favourites, Mr. Men, Where's Wally (and his brother), Worzel Gummidge and Aunt Sally. Some royal guests, a new arrival and Mary and (scary) Paul from The Great British Bake Off.
People had fun playing with names - here's Mo Crow and a miserable Les.
Meanwhile over at Webbs Farm...
For the last three years Elford Walled Garden has been undergoing renovation by volunteers. After much hard work it looks fantastic and is bursting with crops and flowers.
Of course there was a scarecrow or two along the way...
In another part of the garden, the Giant's Garden, there was lots of inspirational planting and landscaping to admire
and the biggest bug hotel I've ever seen.
We headed out of the walled garden to the see a church complete with a scarecrow congregation and Jesus (scarecrow version) walking on the water. Then it was back through the village for some more scarecrow spotting.
An amazing effort from one village and many volunteers. We made a donation to the event but felt under no pressure to do so. Both the festival and the walled garden deserve continued success.