Saltaire Festival is back! After a hiatus of a year due to Covid (with just a few online activities last year) the Festival returned. The first weekend (last weekend) always has a very local, community feel with community markets, 'pop-up' events and residents opening their gardens for visitors. I must confess I gave the smaller gardens a miss this year. Even outside, I am wary of being in close contact with others and some of the yards are rather confined. I did, however, have a wander down the path through the allotments behind the church. It's usually out of bounds to all but the allotment holders but I do love it down there. On the strip of land between the canal and the railway, it feels like you're in the country and a million miles from the city.
At the entrance I chatted to Michael, John and Snezhina, allotment holders who were showing some of the abundant produce grown there. You get the feeling that it's a very happy collective of gardeners.