Ilkeston - Through Victoria Park
w/e 12 December 2010
All this week's pictures were taken
with a Kodak DX6490
By this weekend most of the snow had melted away
but midweek, successive daytime thaws and temperatures well below
freezing overnight had conspired to make the compacted snow and
ice on the pavements a hazardous place for pedestrians. The safest
place was either on the main roads - the side roads had not been
cleared - or on alternative routes where there had been less
On Thursday we opted for a route
that took in both those options as we walked in the road along
New Lawn Road (left) to the Victoria Park entrance (right) at
the junction of Bristol Road and Drummond Road. Drummond Road
(above) was one of those roads that had not been treated and
as the pavements on both roads were very icy, the safest route
was through the snow in the park itself.
Across from the houses on Drummond Road the snow in the park
was some five or six inches deep and although it was obvious
that many people had walked on it, it had not been compressed
into ice and each step was made with a distinctive crunch as
we headed towards the bandstand.
The main paths in the park had been cleared earlier in the week
but were covered again with a light dusting of snow and frost.
Plants could be seen on the rose arbour but in these sub-zero
temperatures it was difficult to picture roses flowering on the
structure ever again.
The shape of the grassed area in the middle of the park could
easily be made out and the three humps were not piles of snow
but the positions of the raised flower beds.
This was the view in the opposite direction to the previous image
showing the path to Manners Road.
We continued along another path though but looking back the Duke
Oak even without its leaves still stood out as a majestic tree.
This path took us past the bowling green although in this weather,
the bowling white might be a better description.
From the bowling green it was just a short walk out of the park
to Bristol Road and Manners Road where we continued on our merry
way walking on the road again.