Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Happy Times & Gardens

After just 2 weeks of staying at home during lockdown, the thing I am most struggling with is the lack of exercise.  My 10 minutes a day walking down the main road and back are definitely not enough.  It's not a scenic route and I tend to go at dusk so as not to encounter others.  Quite frankly it's a bit depressing.  We are used to driving out of town and strolling in the fresh air not amid the fumes of the (even reduced amount of) traffic.  I don't idle about at home but I do feel sluggish and we have 10 weeks to go :(

Near where we live is Ashwood Nurseries.  We have used them for years and years because of the excellent quality of the plants, and not least because of the amazing coffee shop with homemade cakes and pastries ;)  As luck would have it the owner, John Massey, opened up his own garden to the public for charity just a week before we were warned of the lockdown.  We paid our £5 each donation and spent a wonderful couple of hours in the fresh air and stunning garden.

The Hellebores were out......


A young girl caught reading her book on a quiet bench....



A couple of stone Dachshunds looking out for visitors...


I LOVE the colours of the tree trunks in the woodland area......


And the ethereal herd of deer made from wire mesh so that the light filters gently through them....




It will be some time before we will be able to go again but I can look at my photos periodically when cabin fever sets in and count the weeks until the garden reopens to the public :)

Do you have any happy photos which you turn to to brighten your day?

Gratitudes

For the family being safe and well so far, and enjoying home schooling

For being able to catch up on my washing and another fair day to dry it all outside.

For having enough food


Stay safe wherever in the world you happen to be x


13 comments:

  1. I live by Ashwood Nurseries too. I visit at least 3 times a week - I love it. In fact of all the things I miss under lock down my walks around Ashwood and a coffee in the tea shop is the most sad.
    Thank you for showing your lovely photos. Sally from Wordsley

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    1. Hi Sally (waves) :) It is such a lovely place, isn't it. John raises so much money for charity by opening his garden that this year's charity, the Alzheimer's Association, will suffer. When they re-open we will need to eat lots of cake to make up for the closure...lol....Stay safe x

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  2. It must be magical to see ethereal deer in life. What a delightful idea!

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  3. Glad you were able to get out before the lock down to be able to get these lovely shots. Thanks for sharing them too. One day in the near future we hope to be able to enjoy nature's beauty. Stay well.

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  4. A lovely garden, I am glad you enjoyed it before the virus caused everything to be locked down. Thank you for sharing the pictures.

    God bless.

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    1. It will still be there when this is over, Jackie, and I'm so glad you enjoyed the photos. Stay safe x

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  5. Yes a lovely garden. I was so sad to read yesterday about all the plants that are going to go to waste because the garden centres are closed.

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    1. Yes, Pam, that is so sad. G normally works at B & Q in the gardening dept and he is devastated at the waste. Future deliveries have been cancelled too so growers will certainly lose out financially. Stay safe x

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  6. Lovely photos. Thank heavens we are still getting out and about once a day. Exercise is important. I do feel for the Italians and Spanish as many live in flats with no outside space.

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    1. Yes, Tania, we are all so lucky at having even a tiny outdoor space. A flat or apartment is not the ideal place to be right now. Stay well x

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  7. How wonderful that the owner opened up the nursery for you. All the challenges you mention I can understand perfectly. I do wish you well and hope the time goes by quickly for all our sakes :)

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