The first weekend in June found me at the Holker Garden Festival and goodness, it was hot! I had taken a stand there where I displayed a small collection of my photographs and greetings cards.
I was ably assisted by a family friend, Elda, on the first day and Zoë Dawes, the award-winning travel blogger www.thequirkytraveller.com , kindly helped on days 2 and 3. This was great as it enabled me to have some free time to walk around the gardens and enjoy the wonderful atmosphere. There was lots to do and see, including some marvellous shows.
The highlight for me was the Horsemen of the Knight show. Initially, I was attracted because I love photographing horses and have made it one of the specialties of my photography business. But I was totally won over by the sheer brilliance of the show.
The “knights” were extremely skilled horsemen and the horses were just gorgeous with flowing manes and colourful caparisons. Horse and rider were one and their agility had to be seen to be believed. The riders are, in fact, stuntmen who regularly work in films and on TV.
As the pièce de résistance, there was a unicorn – the prize for which the four knights were competing. He was pure white, absolutely beautiful and utterly believable.
I learnt later that if you see a unicorn in a film or on TV, it’s almost certain to be Oleo!
The compere was a queen in full medieval costume who had her work cut out trying to keep the Black Knight in order – he was up to all sorts of tricks and constantly trying to cheat.
The unicorn was put through his paces at the end of the show, executing graceful dressage moves.
So that made my weekend at the Holker Garden Festival. It was already a fantastic event held in truly beautiful and classical gardens – a real jewel in Lakeland’s crown. But the horse (and unicorn!) show made it extra special!