With the passing of the solstice, England’s villages put their winter behind them and start opening their doors and gardens for spring. Mother’s day comes in March as well, rather than in May as in the US and the Netherlands, so the Easter flowers converge with the holiday in places like Thriplow.
It’s a nice celebration: craft and food booths, Morris dancing (folk choreography with sticks and white outfits), old cars and tractors, lots of open gardens. The day started out cold and threatening but became much more sunny and warm by late afternoon. There were more flowers along the roads than in the back gardens, but the animal and bird exhibits were fun and it made for a nice afternoon away from work and out with people.