In aid of funds for the Parish Church, Staindrop residents had an "open garden" day today, when 20 gardens in the village were open to the public.
And they were lovely - some quite small but perfectly formed, several much larger than expected, all very different, even though there were a number of plants which featured in most of the borders.
The justifiably proud garden owners were very friendly, and willing to talk about their work - one kind lady even looked up her records for us to identify a plant in her border which is the twin of one we bought as an unlabelled stray 2 or 3 years ago (centaurea macrocephala).
Tea and a most delicious array of sandwiches, scones, sausage rolls and cakes were available in the Scarth Hall, where the tables had proper tablecloths and flowers too.
It seemed intrusive to take photos of the gardens, so we didn't. There was, however, also a scarecrow competition, so we felt they were fair game.
Rapunzel was overlooking the main street -
And outside the bistro was this chap, reminding us that Le Tour started yesterday -
But no maillot jaune for him, perhaps.