Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Forbury Gardens


I'm in Reading again today. Actually, I mean 'today' as in blogwise which is just as well as today, as in today, it's tipping down and everywhere is soaked again. It's also getting noticeably darker at night now isn't it, still I'll transport you to a sunnier, brighter day to cheer you up.

Forbury Gardens, right by the old Abbey ruins, is looking a picture at the moment. There are a good selection of flowers in the formal beds with dahlias and roses dotted around near the benches. A lovely spot for a picnic lunch.

You can see tantalising glimpses of the Abbey behind the fences which keep the public away from the unstable ruins. Henry VIII and his Dissolution of the Monasteries again, I'm afraid.   Hopefully, the area will be made accessible again one day as there used to be outdoor theatre productions within the romantic ruins before Health and Safety took over.

A sneaky peek through the fence.

He looks awfully young, doesn't he?

You can't miss the Maiwand Lion memorial in the middle of the park with a bandstand nearby for summer concerts.

Grrrr! Unfortunately the sun was in the wrong place for a grrrreat photo, it looks like the poor lion has been impaled on the bandstand, sorry about that!

I used to walk through the Gardens to the shops in my lunch hour when I worked in Reading many moons ago. It is as if time has stood still, it looks just the same. Mind you, my workplace has completely disappeared - turned into a car park for the next generation of buildings. Oh well.

The gates are closing on today's post. If you'd like to read a bit more about Reading, click on the label above.

Bye for now!


  1. Looks like a lovely place! The lion sculpture is just wonderful!

  2. What a lovely garden. It's a shame you can't walk around the abbey as it looks very inviting. A great place to spend your lunchtime.
    Cathy x

    1. It's especially nice when the band is playing. :-)