Friday, 27 May 2016

Five on Friday - Off to the Library

Hello

Welcome to the blog, whether you are a regular reader or just passing by it's great to see you.  Today we are joining Amy from Love Made My Home's Five on Friday link up.

I hope you've had a good week. There's a lot going on at this time of the year - the Chelsea Flower Show, Roland Garros, the Great British Sewing Bee, the Hollow Crown . . .it's a wonder I've got anything done at all!!

So do join me for some fresh air as we pop down to the library.

One - On the Way There

It's wonderful at the moment with all the trees in leaf and the rhododendrons out.



Two - The Recreation Ground

We're lucky to have a large grassy park big enough for football matches between local clubs and for fairs yet which can be enjoyed by dog walkers and families.
There are various swings and slides for children plus this get-fit assault course for Keen Types. I think of it as a Sculpture to be admired from afar!


Three - The Library

Round the corner, we arrive at the library which has had a coat of paint fairly recently. Libraries used to be a place of hushed silence and books but nowadays it's a real community space.  A space we must use or we'll lose it as many libraries are being closed down or run by volunteers.  When I was there, people were browsing books and DVDs, a couple of ladies were chatting whilst knitting, others were researching on the computers. There are storytelling activities, computer games, family history research, knit and natter, magazines, leaflets for local area events. So much to do.


Four - Christmas

A quick dash up the High Street, some of the shops can be seen in my Five on Friday Valentine Reflections post, shows we're ready for Christmas as you can see! The decorations are in place all year ready for the big switch on later in December!


Five - Going Back Home Again

Back past the colourful gardens, by the railings alongside the park.


Can you see the tree growing through the railings? Modern Art! Some people would pay a fortune for this natural phenomenon! There's only a chunk of wood left as the tree has been cut.









Not quite in the Chelsea Garden league but we're lucky to have so much greenery and clumps of wild flowers/'weeds' all around us.

Time for a cup of coffee.  Enjoy your week.

Cheerio

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  1. Thank you for the trip to the library. I love libraries and I agree they are no longer hushed places. You have reminded me to use mine more! Have a lovely weekend. B xx

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    1. That's good! You never know what you might find! Have a great weekend. x

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  2. I too love libraries and worked in one for a few years in Winchester in what now seems like a past life! xx

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    1. The library in Winchester is great, especially the gallery upstairs, there's always something exciting to explore. x

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  3. I managed to watch a little of Roland Garros this afternoon!
    Did you visit Chelsea Flower Show - I would love to do that. I hope we see some of it on the tv here.
    The Rhodos and other Spring flowering shrubs are beautiful making the walk to the library that much more worthwhile!
    Our libraries here are much the same - vibrant places to visit for the whole community. Quite a different atmosphere to when I was a child. Ours are funded by our rates, I would not like to see them disappear.
    Enjoy your weekend.
    Shane

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    1. I've never been to Chelsea but I did to to the Hampton Court show. It's so full of colour and beauty. Hopefully you'll get to see some on your TV.

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  4. Your neighbourhood and your 'weeds' are pretty :) I use the library constantly. The service is soooo good: you can reserve books from all libraries in the Helsinki area, get an email notice on their arrival to your closest library - this is great! Nowadays I buy books very seldom.

    Have a lovely weekend Karen!

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    1. That's so convenient, we have a similar arrangement over the County. I still can't resist buying a book though! You too.

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  5. Thanks for taking us on a walk through your village. It looks like a wonderful place to live, such a lovely walk. I love my library. I go there every week. I can order books online and go pick up if in a hurry. Ours also has a great used bookshop in the lower level. They have some fantastic books at cheap prices. They use the money to fund programs at the library. I donate my books to them as my son used their programs when he was a teen and it really helped him.

    Have a wonderful weekend

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    1. That's such a great idea, raising money at the same time. Fantastic! You too.

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  6. we used to have one of those outdoor gym type things near our old house! great idea but no one ever seems to actually use them lol

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    1. Perhaps people dash out when nobody's looking!

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  7. A lovely walk with beautiful plants and flowers to admire. The tree/railing sculpture is amazing. Our local library which is next to a supermarket is really well used with lots going on. Sadly the opening hours are being cut this year but I hope we can keep it open.

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    1. It's not really a sculpture, just the tree grew round the railings! But I did see something similar on an art programme years ago.

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  8. You certainly took us on a lovely stroll to the library. I haven't been to a library for a lot of year using the local library bus which is a lifeline for such a lot of people. Beautiful flowers you shared.

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    1. That's very true, I had forgotten about the mobile library. They used to send one to the local school for the children to choose books for the School, which they used to love.

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  9. I'm grateful that our local library has stayed open after the council agreed that it was well used and accessible to most people in the area. We still have to use it or lose it, but I'm an enthusiastic borrower of books especially newer publications that I couldn't afford to buy and visit at least once a week to take out books on loan that I've reserved online and, of course, there are community activities within the building that I get involved in from time-to-time. You have a pleasant walk to yours just now with all the shrubs in flower.

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    1. Yes it's all so green and leafy at the moment.

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  10. Lovely walk to your library and it is great it is still open and being used. Our library is also a lively place with computers and story telling and meetings of al sorts. I must remember I have a book to collect which I reserved last week. I'm afraind the walk to my library isn't as attractive as yours:)

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    1. I'm quite lucky really, a nice bit of exercise on the way. Have a good weekend.:-)

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  11. You're right about the library, it is important. I download e-books from mine.

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    1. It's great to see they have been able to change with the times.

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  12. Everything is so lush and pretty there! I was just thinking of popping in to my library soon....you are right, they are different places these days - very active and full of life! I love the pink and white flowers in the last frame - so bright and cheery. xx K

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    1. Those flowers are the same as the previous photo, you couldn't squash another one on the tree! It looks a bit like a Hawthorne. x

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  13. Merry Christmas! I thought our village was bad because it's still got banners advertising the May Fair three weeks ago. :)

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    1. Ha ha! I suppose it saves all the palaver of taking it down and putting it up again!

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  14. Such a lovely trip. :) And such beautiful photos! I love this time of year with all the flowers and greenery in bloom.

    Blessings on your weekend! xoxo

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    1. It's great isn't it especially when the sun shines. x

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  15. I would love to visit your library for a knit and natter! Thanks for the trip. I particularly enjoyed the blossoms at the end.

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    1. There were a great crowd of ladies knitting and nattering one day, all those needles busily clicking!

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  16. I'm glad you have been enjoying Roland Garros too!! It certainly is a lovely time of year with lots to do, the flowers are looking gorgeous!
    Wren x

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    1. There have been a few upsets with injury this year, but it gives some different players a chance to shine. x

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  17. Libraries are such wonderful places. I always enjoy my visits to ours. Your flowers are so pretty. That tree in the fence (or maybe it's a fence in a tree) is a great example of Nature's perseverance.

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    1. It's incredible isn't it. They should really have sorted it out before it got so entwined.

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  18. What a lovely trip to the library! Some amazing views and great photos!

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  19. Belatedly popping in on last weeks 5 before tomorrow! What a great walk to the library and back. the Christmas tree up all year made me smile. But I totally agree we must use our libraries before it is too late x

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