Tuesday, 31 August 2021

Cheltenham Street Art and Honeybourne Railway Footpath


Thanks for visiting.

It was very disappointing arriving at Cheltenham Spa railway station, it really looked a mess.  It did have flowers and a horsey mural but it was definitely in need of a spruce up!  

A leafy way from the station to town is offered by the Honeybourne Line.

Honeybourne itself is in Worcestershire,  near Evesham and the railway arrived there in 1853 with an important link to Stratford on Avon and in the 1900s with the Cotswold Line to Broadway, Winchcombe, Cheltenham Racecourse and Cheltenham Spa as well as smaller stations along the way.  

The Stratford link closed in 1969 and then, following a derailment, the Cotswold line closed in 1976.  The Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Heritage Railway has now reopened a 14 mile stretch from Cheltenham Racecourse to Broadway and the section from near Pittville Park to Cheltenham Spa station has been pedestrianised for walkers and cyclists to enjoy.

In 2017 Cheltenham held the Cheltenham Paint Festival around the town and the artwork can still be enjoyed along the footpath and at other area, all positions available on a Google Arts Trail map.

The footpath takes you at chimney height over the town, thereby missing all the traffic.

There's a slope down to the Winston Churchill Memorial Gardens, with its play park and pleasant gardens, a wisteria covered pergola must look fantastic in Spring.

A ring of flower beds were punctuated by two tiled poems.

The colour had mainly gone from the beds but must have looked beautiful earlier in the year.

Back up on the footpath, the art continued.

Looking down to the houses, large blank walls had been given a face-lift.

Later in the week, I'll take you to the Heritage railway station at Winchcombe to see how the line used to look in the old days.


Monday, 30 August 2021



Thanks for calling in.

After a delicious salad at Bill's in Cheltenham,  it's time to stretch those legs in Pittville Park.

A long stretch of lawn, interspersed with mature trees, right next to the busy Evesham Road, is the first sight of Pittville.  There are plenty of benches to sit on and relax but walking further, crossing over Central Cross Drive, a glorious vista opens up with a large lake and, just visible between the trees, the Pump Room beckons you on.

In the 1820s, when visits to Cheltenham Spa were at their height of popularity, Joseph Pitt envisaged building a 600 house estate on his 100 acres of land in Cheltenham as a separate, rival, Spa town.  It would have gardens, walks and rides and its own pump room for residents to use. The Park was finished by 1827 and the Pump Room opened in 1830 but sadly, only 20 houses were built by then as the market had slumped.  By the time Joseph Pitt died in 1842, he was in serious debt and subsequent owners found the project was not profitable and only 216 houses were completed.  

You can't resist circling the lake, in fact it's a treat to do so.

The Pump Room is now owned by the Council but managed by The Cheltenham Trust.  There's an impressive Ballroom, which houses the Pump, used for various concerts and weddings.

There was a small café outside the building and further down the lawn, a huge children's play park and plenty of space for picnics.

Back by the Central Cross Drive,  small café had plenty of pretty hanging baskets and was doing a roaring trade.

Amazingly, a tunnel leads under Evesham Road and the Park continues on the West side, where there is an even bigger lake where fishing and boating are permitted. Another café and a smaller children's park offer lots of recreational activities.

I'm sure Joseph Pitt would be delighted to see everyone enjoying his wonderful creation all these years later even if it didn't work out as he'd planned.  Some large houses along the road have a great aspect.

The Old Park gates have been restored and look rather splendid.

If you would like to find out more about Pittville, there's a wonderful website here - 
 Friends of Pittville, it even has maps of the beautiful trees, which must look a picture in the Autumn.


Friday, 27 August 2021

Catching Up with at least Five on Friday


Thanks for popping in.

A few days have passed since I called into the blog, it seems to have been a busy time and there's much to share with you, once I get myself organised!  I know how much you have enjoyed my bouquets previously and am delighted to say a few more have arrived, both our sons have been so thoughtful and have found some real beauties. Look at these amazing specimens!

Some of the donated wool has been whipped up into a knitted blanket for donation, it certainly is very colourful!  It helped me through the Olympics!

Another bouquet arrived on what would have been my Mum's birthday.  The alstromerias are still going strong!

Bracknell had a few holiday activities on the go for the children including this owl which could speak if the child stood on a 'tree stump'.  Adults were also having a go!  All those fabric feathers looked very effective.  The old Bentalls store has been flattened as progress is made on the new town project.

A birthday afternoon tea was a lovely occasion, sitting in the pretty gardens, admiring the well established trees, imagining Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon meeting there centuries before when it was a hunting lodge. 

Two more bouquets were brought by DPD, no chance of fitting through the letterbox this time!

The second

Both together

Fantastic.  All the vases were full by this time, as the gladioli flowers crept out of the vase!

In the garden, the pine cones have started falling and look pretty in some flower pots, homes for little insects.

Mr CK has been busy shredding branches and twigs for the compost heap.

I'll be back next week with the odd photo of our recent trip.

Have a great weekend.