Monday, 30 June 2014

A Walk, Wine and Queen Victoria

...... and relax.

The last of our party guests left today, and the OH has taken a day off, which is very rare as he is self employed, so after a last push to clear the post party debris, we decided to walk into the city.

It is a beautiful walk as we take the quiet path through the woods and once in Truro decide to go through Victoria Gardens. They were created in 1898 to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria.  I love imagining what it would have been like then, the women in their long dresses and hats pushing perambulators.  Today was a perfect sunny day for a stroll, reflecting on the lovely weekend with the family, and for the OH come to terms with the shock of being in his 60's.  Taking photos on my phone as we walked along, can you imagine what the Victorians would have made of the technology we take for granted.

The flowers are at their best,  the park keepers do an amazing job keeping everything ship shape and beautiful.  I really love parks, I feel they have a vital part to play in the life of a town or city.  They are the lungs of a city.  People need a place where they can relax, be at one with nature, play, or sit and have time out from work to eat their packed lunches.  When we visit London we always make a point of going to one of the beautiful parks in the city to renew our batteries and be able to breath.  It always amazes me the amount of wildlife that make their homes in the heart of a city in the little green oasis.  It is vital we keep these areas and never allow them to be built on in the ever increasing demand for building land.

The gardens have a little bandstand, fish ponds and beautiful old trees to sit under in the shade.  I used to take the children there when they were little to look out for squirrels and fish, walk around the tiny little paths picking up leaves and twigs that they insisted we had to take home.  They would go into the bandstand and pretend it was a castle to be defended against intruders, and then we would spread a blanket out and have a little picnic.

We saw this fella cooling down in one of the fish ponds, I wish we could have joined him, but I'm pretty sure swimming with the fish would be against the park rules.

One hundred and fourteen year old water fountain, no horrible plastic bottles of water in those days

After all the cooking over the weekend it was heaven to sit and have lunch brought to me and share a leisurely bottle of wine before catching the bus home.  I had planned to make jam this afternoon with the leftover fruit, but do wine and fiddling around with hot jam mix?  Maybe it should wait until later.  Feet up reading a book sounds inviting and catching up with the music at Glastonbury, before going back to work tomorrow.  I have just spotted the OH in the garden on his computer catching up with work, so much for a day off.

I must also start working on my 60 by 60 list,  which was the whole point of this blog.  I have not completed the list, let alone ticked stuff off, obviously too much partying!  I don't know where the time goes, life seems to fly by, but things will hopefully settle down now with no party to plan.

Thank you for all your lovely comments, I love hearing from you.

Also welcome to Amy following on Bloglovin.

Chickpea xx


  1. This looks beautiful. I'm a great lover of parks too. Flowers, greenery - can't get enough of it.

  2. Hello there, this is Amy who is following on Bloglovin! Lovely to see your walk through the park and how beautiful it is, it must be lovely to have such a great place to visit. I look forward to reading more from you. xx

  3. Thank you Isabelle and Amy lovely to hear from both of you. I will take you to the other park in Truro soon, we are very lucky to have such beautiful spaces.

  4. What a beautiful place to walk. I'm glad you were able to spend some time enjoying a nice day there.

  5. Thank you Jennifer, after a hectic weekend it was lovely to spend some time just pottering around looking at the flowers

  6. Such beautiful gardens, especially nice because they do look truly Victorian. Such a lovely thing to do as well. after your busy family day.

    jean x

  7. They are a lovely bit of history in the city Jean x

  8. What a FAB walk, can i come along on the next one please?
    Hope you're well after your busy weekend
    Best Wishes
    Sue xx

  9. Yes, come along Sue! Tired still, but good thanks xx


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