I've almost convinced myself that it is Jewelweed.....just wish I could have got closer to it instead of relying on my camera's zoom.
I was pleased to see the cattle were still about; I wondered if they may have been taken off of their grazing land due to the Foot & Mouth scare.There didn't seem to be many Dragonflies around...at least none that settled....but in the distance I could hear the sound of drums...Oh I feel a Jim Reeves song coming on...LOL. I immediately realised what it was........DRAGONBOAT RACE DAY....this event happens every year on the river as a charity fund raising event but I must have missed the advertisement saying when it was to be held. How weird that I went for a walk looking for DragonFLIES and end up seeing dragonBOATS!!!!
The teams are all from local rowing clubs or organisations and had chosen some fabulous names for themselves. The British Sugar team had called themselves "Beet Head" and the Rugby Club U17 were the "The Little Flankers". Even our local Waitrose supermarket had a team "The Waitrose Warriors"; they were wearing Afro Style green wigs...they must have been boiling in them.I wish I'd realised that this event was on as Leanne & co could have come over and watched it; I bet DILLY would have loved it too!
There was a beer tent...........
One of the highlights for
even the Queen dropped in on the act......notice her extra big hand....very handy when you have to do a lot of waving!The chidren (and I) really enjoyed the whole show...this is just a snippet (hold on to your eardrums!)
I'm glad these ducks got out of the way in time before one of the races started!
It really was a fantastically hot day........some of the Rugby Club lads found a great way of cooling off!!!!!
I'm not sure which team won as I left before all the final...........I never did get to take any Dragonfly photos while I was on my walk.....but when I got home...there in the garden was this!and this!!!! and he even stayed around long enough for me to get a closeup of his body........
and his head!!!!
It certainly was a day full of Dragons.....guess you never know when one might fly by........