Friday, 14 July 2017

Nothing Happened Again so I Took a Walk!

Nothing happened in between dark passing clouds and moments of sunshine.  

The Bees did not notice and carried on with their work. Poor souls only last one year and that is spent in flitting from flower to flower to keep the nest going and pollinating plants.  We would be lost without them.

The pond is awash with Lillies floating on the top.  The gray sky made pictures hard to obtain but I was unwilling to paddle in the deep to get a better one.

This bush was awash also with colourful yellow flowers.  Dozens of them brightening up the area.  The benefit of wandering through the park in dismal afternoons is the lack of kids and mouthy mums getting in the way.  Few people wander about blocking the view or getting in the way of the camera. The downside is the gray clouds that pass over hinder the light.   

The 'Daisies' they grow in the gardens are well fed are they not?  These were almost four feet high.  In my day they were never above an inch or two.  Could it be they are on drugs?

A bright addition to the gardens - whatever it is!

The public gardens were once part of the estate of the Courtauld family who built a very large house on the other side of the road.  They had a very big estate which now forms the park opposite and in the 1880's donated this portion of their gardens to the town.  Much rejoicing ensued on opening day as a parade through the town with bonfires and much eating and drinking in the evening as the town celebrated the new acquisition.  Another offering from the Courtauld family who also donated the school in which the museum now resides and many houses throughout the area.  Doctors, hospitals, churches and many other buildings were given by the Unitarian Courtaulds who followed the 'social gospel' of the Victorian era.  If only the wealthy today had such a conscience!  The picture shows the 'Arts & Crafts' style house which was a common theme of Courtauld houses and served until recently as the gardeners home, now it holds a coffee house.


Lee said...

I did enjoy our walk, Adullamite. Let me know when we're to go on another one! Lovely pohtos. :)

the fly in the web said...

These days the rich are more likely to take the park off you than to give you one...

Mo said...

But did you count the butterflies for the national butterfly statistics?

Adullamite said...

Lee, So did I but not possible for another for a few days.

Fly, Indeed, and build a few houses as they are doing in the north of the town.

Mo, Never saw many, only a couple in the distance.

Jenny Woolf said...

One thing about dull weaTher you get nice even light, not contrasty shadows. Your pics were nice. I wonder why rich people dont provide housing etc these days. Perhaps too expensive, even a ratty old corner of building land costs a fortune.

Adullamite said...

Jenny, In the past many followed the'social gospel but I doubt any Tory would do so now.