Wildflowers at the Barnston Monument

Today we dropped in at the Barnston Monument (about which I wrote a couple of weeks ago), because every time I drove past it I saw a blast of bright colour – yellows blues, reds and bright whites on a deep green backdrop.  Phenomenal.  It is on one of the Barnston Estate fields, part of the new Monument Meadow Natural Burial Ground, which will replace the churchyard cemetery at St Chad’s in Farndon. The burial ground will have no markers, and caskets will be made of natural materials.  The car park, surrounded by small saplings, and the wooden pavilion are already in place.   We bumped into a lady having her lunch there.  I cannot think of a better place for it.

The photos are a bit fuzzy, because I only had the little camera that I keep in my handbag with me, but they are enough to give an idea of the beauty of the wild flower meadow at the moment.  The cornflowers are particularly superb, a dazzling, intense blue.



Chester Standard
Barnston Estate near Farndon to build burial ground

11 thoughts on “Wildflowers at the Barnston Monument

  1. Forestwood

    These are delightful. So very pretty and what I imagined an English field to be.Those cornflower are intense – I saw some first hand in Norway one summer and there were almost fluorescent. The sun here in Australia tends to bleach out a lot of colour from those tiny flowers. Thanks for posting.


    1. Andie Post author

      How super to hear from you and I am so glad that you like the wildflowers. I am from London and only moved here in February, so it has been lovely to see them for the first time.


      1. Forestwood

        What a joy! I hope to get to see some of those fields of yellow flowers, (canola perhaps) that I saw over that way. Spectacular. I have a blog challenge coming up on Friday on wildflowers – maybe you feel like joining in?


      2. Andie Post author

        I would love to take part in your challenge. I had a look on your blog but could not see it? Do let me know. Loved your piece on Delft. I lived in a seaside town outside The Hague when I was a child and I remember Delft with great affection.


      3. Forestwood

        I will post a new prompt for Friendly Friday late tomorrow, so be sure to check back then. Usually I host the challenge once a month, but I might decide to participate. A new prompt is released either here or at the other host’s blogs, every two weeks. Just to give you an idea, here is the last one I hosted: https://forestwoodfolkart.wordpress.com/2021/06/04/friendly-friday-blog-challenge-time-capsule/
        and here is where you will find the instructions: https://forestwoodfolkart.wordpress.com/instructions-for-the-friendly-friday-photo-challenge/
        Have fun with it.


      4. Andie Post author

        I’ve given it my best shot, just two hours short of midnight UK time 🙂 If I’ve missed anything I should have added, do let me know.

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      5. Andie Post author

        Walking the dogs on the beach in winter, swimming in the sea in summer, frites with chip sauce (a distant relative of mayonnaise) in paper cones, developing a passion for ice-skating all year round but especially on the canals and skating ponds in the winter, the fabulous colours and textures of the formal flower beds in Westbroek Park in Scheveningen where I lived, the chaotic majesty of the Kurhuis, travelling to school on the no.8 tram (but not school itself, which I loathed), the annual trip to Keukenhof and the tulip fields, the wonderful scenery of Zeeland in the southwest, the splendid island of Terschelling in the northwest, the windmill fields of Kinderdijk, the wonderful fish that my mother bought from the local fish market and cooked superbly, and my wonderful bedroom in the pointy bit at the top of hour super house on Badhuisweg. I really did hate school, the British School of The Hague, but it is so lovely to remember that the rest of my life there was a terrific experience, thanks to my mum and dad. Thank you for asking me.


      6. Forestwood

        Andie – thank you so very much for being so generous with your memories. There is a whole post and more in that comment! You really brought out your life in the Netherlands and how joyful it was despite school pangs. I did know an Aussie family who sent their children there after relocating from Australia via South Africa. There were there for a few years and the kids picked up the language pretty quickly. After South Africa, though the school may have been okay. I don’t think they loved it. Was it the students, or the teachers may I asked that made it difficult?
        That fish your Mother cooked: it sounds so delicious and it would have been so tasty. I also remember eating those frites in paper cones in Arnhem one winter. No ice on the canal though….


      7. Andie Post author

        I’m not entirely sure why I found that school so appalling. A cocktail of issues, I suspect. I certainly didn’t help myself much, but most of the teachers were like robots in a factory. The next school I went to was great, but it was a relief for everyone when I went to college and stopped making everyone’s lives difficult 🙂

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      8. Forestwood

        Teachers who are robots does not sound like a great environment for children. It seems certain kids will thrive once they get to a college environment where you are treated more like an adult.


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