Some favourite experiences to celebrate #sublimesunday hosted by @c0ff33a and #dashoutsunday hosted by @dmilliz and @reggaejahm. It's early summer and seasonal asparagus has been on sale for a few weeks now. I love asparagus and eat it two or three times a week during the season. I have a few crowns in the garden, maybe I should aim for a whole bed of asparagus!
My weekly delivery box had fresh asparagus, strawberries and wild garlic this week, all grown in Lincolnshire in England. The strawberries, especially, were delicious.
I've had asparagus twice while I was eating out at restaurants in Liverpool this week. This dish was chicken in white wine and mushrooms with asparagus. Gorgeous! I had french beans and courgettes fried in tempura batter on the side, with a glass of chilled Pinot Grigio, all from San Carlo Liverpool.
My second asparagus dish was from Castle St Town House Liverpool - pan fried loin of cod with asparagus, broad beans, crushed new potatoes and prawn and caper butter. Also delicious, this time with Pinot Grigio Blush. Certainly worth dashing out for!
The countryside around Leicester is exquisitely beautiful in early summer. Here's cow parsley in full flow under the trees edging the sports ground and running track at the back of where I live.
Across the path is an unused field, left to meadow and, this time of year, filled with buttercups. This was taken about midday on a perfect summer's day. I would have loved to have spent an hour here, lying down gazing at the sky.
The avenue separating the running track and the buttercup field, cool and inviting on a warm summer's day. Paths like this always tempt me, even though I know there is only a roundabout at the end of this one.
While in Liverpool, I visited the Peace Doves installation at the Anglican Cathedral. I was really pleased with this photograph which seemed to capture some of the magic of the installation. In life, from a distance, it looks very ethereal, but the scale of that is hard to capture in a digital on-the-internet picture:
Peace Doves is a mass participation art installation, created by renowned sculptor and artist Peter Walker. It features around 18,000 paper doves suspended on 15.5 miles of ribbon from the ceiling of the Cathedral, accompanied by a soundscape from composer David Harper ... visitors to the cathedral, along with local school children and community groups were invited to write messages of peace, hope and love onto thousands of paper doves. (Source)