Derby - Darley Fields
w/e 28 May 2006
this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490
Twenty or more years ago I was a regular visitor to Darley Playing
Fields but the passage of time has somewhat dimmed the memory
and I saw things during this visit, my first since that time,
that I had overlooked previously. This avenue of trees for instance
although obviously there then looks so different but I can only
assume that is because all of my previous visits were during
the winter months when there were no leaves on the trees.
side of the avenue are some lawn tennis courts and if I am honest,
these too had slipped from my memory banks. I do remember the
hard courts also for tennis on the other side and the court marked
out for five-a-side, basketball and the like (right). The reason
for my frequent visits all those years ago was to officiate at
junior football (soccer) matches usually on Sunday mornings.
In those days and it's probably still the same today, the playing
fields were thronged with youngsters and their parents every
week and it was not unknown for there to be a dozen referees
squeezed into one changing room.
The football pitches occupied (and still do) the wide open spaces
to the right of the avenue of the trees although there do not
appear to be quite as many today or is my memory playing tricks
I do remember seeing the bowling green back then but this was
the first time I've seen it in use. What surprised me was the
fact they the players were engaged in crown green bowling, a
game I had only seen previously on television, and not the usual
lawn bowls that is a much more common sight.
The playing fields at Darley are situated alongside
the River Derwent and are within easy walking distance of the
centre of the city. I am led to believe the river is used by
a local rowing club and a short walk back towards the city through
a small wooded area leads a cricket pitch (left). I saw neither
rowers nor cricketers but did espy a couple of joggers running
through the wood (right).
But here is something else that I don't recall from all those
years ago, again probably because I was never there at this time
of year. High in the branches of a tree a song thrush was belting
out his chorus for all to hear. It took a while to actually spot
the bird through the foliage but pushing the zoom lens on the
camera to its limits I was able catch him in full voice.