Friday, 9 September 2016

Five on Friday at the Park by the Shops

Hello

Thanks very much for visiting the blog today as we join with Amy for her Five on Friday link-up.

Every couple of weeks I stop at the park on the way to the supermarket to enjoy a brisk walk and see what is happening. There usually is something happening.  This is what I found this week.

One - Flowers

The Italian Garden was restored in 2008 and always offers a great view, it's yellow with daisies at the moment although different plants come and go through the seasons.



The borders contnue to bloom. These white and pink agapanthus type flowers have their time to shine. I'm not sure what they are but they do look pretty.






Green grapes are forming well outdoors next to the wall. I love the twisty tendrills.




Two -  Wild Pond

Apart from the two larger lakes which have an abundance of coots, moorhens, herons, seagulls and swans, there is a small wildlife pond surrounded by bullrushes. The wooden paths take you into the middle so you feel you are right inside the pond, not wet though!





Three - Roald Dahl Moving Finger

The Arts Centre situated within the parkland has a theatre, small cinema, café, bar, exhibition spaces and all sorts of rooms where you can take workshops or courses in many exciting things from printmaking to pottery, dance to digital media and everything in between.  The outdoor performance of Peter Pan has finished and now a lot of references to Roald Dahl have crept in as his 100th Anniversary is being celebrated at the moment. His book, The Magic Finger is the next production aimed at children at half term.  The café has been decorated like this.



Four - Exhibitions and Events

A new exhibition was being installed.


Captain Hook's jacket was on display.


The fair is arriving in the field.



Five - It's a Winner

The park has yet again become a winner of the Green Flag Award showing that it has achieved the highest possible standards nationally.  It is beautifully kept, all with the help of lots of volunteers  who were due on site to help clear the meadow which had just been cut, heaps of grass all piled up ready to be moved.




Such a great place for the local community to enjoy.

Have a great week.

Cheerio

34 comments:

  1. You are so lucky to have such a beautiful park on your doorstep. Love Roald Dahl's Magic finger; I often read it to my year 2 class. B x

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    1. It's all anniversaries this year! I'm sure you would have enjoyed celebrating Roald Dahl's if you were still teaching. x

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  2. How lovely to have such a beautiful park close by. It must make the supermarket trip less of a chore knowing that you can enjoy the park before you shop. xx

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  3. As a nature lover I enjoyed of course most of points 1 and 2. Great & amazing! Enjoy our weekend.

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    1. The borders look beautiful at the moment, it's difficult to get a good photo.

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  4. You're fortunate to have so much going on in South Hill Park - the exhibitions and interest group activities going on in the Arts Centre, the formal gardens by the house and great walks through the park. Have a lovely weekend!

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    1. Thanks Linda, it's a great place especially as it used to be an old house with all the history attached and mature gardens too. Have fun.

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  5. What a lovely place to have close by. I always wish there were more arty things near me. I'm jealous. :)

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    1. Sometimes it's difficult to keep these places going but I suppose with the variety of things on offer, it all works.

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  6. Blimey, I wish there was a park like that on the way to my supermarket! :) The Italian Garden looks wonderful. Thank you for sharing and have a great weekend!

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    1. Ha ha it may not be the closest supermarket but with it being near the park, it's the best one to visit!

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  7. I love your Park by the Shops posts, you are lucky to have such a wonderful park close by:)

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    1. That's good! It is such a great place, I'm glad they have looked after it so well.:-)

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  8. So many beautiful things to see where you are live!
    Love all of them,especially the green grapes with the red bricks wall is my favorite. Have a good weekend.

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    1. Thanks. It just shows what a hot summer we have had for the grapes to have done so well!

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  9. Lucky you to have all that right in your area. The flowers made me so happy. No one can compete with Mother Nature.

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    1. They really cheer you up don't they with their bright colours and interesting shapes.

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  10. This is such a beautiful park. I'd love to walk through the wildlife pond. Enjoy your day! Pat xx

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    1. Thanks Pat. There's always something new to see there. x

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  11. I'm not surprised the park has won awards it looks a fabulous place with so much going on and so well kept.

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    1. It's a great place for the local community as you can just pop in when you want to, there's no entrance fee.

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  12. Such a marvellous park, I would like to stop here often.
    Thanks for sharing :-)

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    1. I love it too, I'm sure you'd find lots of things to take photos of.

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  13. Always a pleasure to stop at the park at the shops with you!! Such a great place to visit. Thank you for joining in, I hope you have a great weekend! xx

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    1. Thanks Amy, I hope all is going well in your neck of the woods x

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  14. Gorgeous flowers and grapes! I just love all that the Art Centre has to offer, though. Such a rich contribution to the area!

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    1. It's beautiful isn't it, even virtually!

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  15. what a fantastic public space, places of such beauty are becoming few and far between these days :(

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    1. It's a good job it hasn't been turned into a housing estate. Thanks for visiting.

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  16. There's a lot going on in your park. What a fascinating place to visit. Captain Hook's jacket looks beautiful!

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    1. We're really lucky to have it nearby. Have a great week.

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