2013 - A Reflection
w/e 05 January 2014
All of this week's pictures were
taken with a Kodak DX6490
Well that's 2013 done and dusted although it doesn't
seem that long since I was looking back at 2012 and forward to
2013 with all the usual hopes and aspirations that a new year
brings. Certain events during the year easily spring to mind
such as the usual array of carnivals, fairs and festivals and
we also enjoyed the company of visitors from overseas and attended
the wedding celebration of a young man we had known all of his
life. Also on a personal level, there were additions to the family
with the birth of a great grandson for us plus a granddaughter
for a cousin but during the course of the year we lost some good
friends and relatives and attended far too many funerals for
It was not until I looked back at the photos I had taken through
the year that I realised how much had slipped into the darker
recesses of my memory, some of which I had forgotten altogether.
So this selection of images is a mixture of those resurrected
memories and remembered events as we reflect on each of those
twelve months that made up 2013. We can look forward with confidence
that 2014 will bring us much more of the same; our fervent hope
and prayer however is that there will be more highs than lows
and by this time next year we will be reflecting on a better
year for everyone.
We began 2013 with the customary look back at the previous year
and the second week saw us in Wilne for the sixth part of the
Draycott and Wilne Village Trail but by the middle of the month,
the first snow of the year had arrived and we took a walk along
a section of the Nutbrook Trail that had previously escaped our
attention. The cold weather continued and the following week
a second selection of snowy pictures mainly from the town centre
graced the Latest Images page. The above picture of the Chalons
Way/Station Road intersection was taken towards the end of the
month when the snow was still lying on the ground.
It was back to Wilne for the final part of the series
at the beginning of February and the melting snows gave rise
to some watery images from this low lying area near the River
Derwent. We were also near the same river the following week
but a few miles further north as we began another monthly series
following two Heritage Walks in Belper which took us right through
to October. The rest of February and also the first week of March
saw images from a Walking For Health route circumnavigating the
centre of Ilkeston. In addition the improving weather allowed
a couple of local walks (which didn't feature on the site) around
Shipley Country Park to see the snowdrops and along the Erewash
weather improved so much in fact that I was able to walk around
the Riverside Gardens in Belper early in March without the need
of a coat but the following week it was a bitterly cold day when
we visited Derby's Alvaston Park and nearer the end of the month
snow had returned. We needed top coats too for the annual Walk
of Witness at Easter when we met our first overseas visitor,
Margaret Smith from Canada. It was in March too that the aforementioned
granddaughter for my cousin was born and a selection of images
of Stephen Millership's illustrations of some of the town's landmarks
were featured with photos of the same locations.
April saw us walking in Shipley Park again; another
Belper visit beckoned as we continued our Heritage Walk and we
also completed the first of a series of Family Walks that we
continued as the months passed. Spring flowers appeared in Victoria
Park; the annual Charity Bed Push up Bath Street in aid of the
local hospital took place and we went to Paul and Tracey's wedding
Yet again in May we were at Shipley and we also trod some familiar
paths along the Erewash Canal and the Nutbrook Trail but this
time we were in the company of our friend and regular contributor
from America to our jigsaw page, Betsy Brewer. At a loose end
at the beginning of May, we added another part to the First Impressions
series (the only one of the year actually) with images from the
Gallows Inn area on Nottingham Road and after Betsy's visit,
we got to know some of our market traders a little better during
the national "Love Your Local Market" event.
In June and July the regular summer events kicked in and we were
spoilt for choice. As well as our regular visit to Belper, there
was the Annual Carnival, the Well Dressings at West Hallam, the
Summer Happening on Victoria Park plus the "Back To The
Forties" day at the Erewash Museum and we even managed to
pull in a Family Walk at Ockbrook, a Country Walk at Beeston
Rylands and part of another one at Trowell which we continued
Amongst these happy days however, this part of the year was one
where we were saddened to attend several funeral services and
I decided to use this image of flowers in our garden as a tribute
to all of the good friends and relatives that we lost including
three more before the year was out.
Joy returned in August though as our great grandson
Harley was born and is seen here on the day of his birth in the
arms of his granddad. More mundane subjects included the rest
of the Trowell walk, the start of the second Belper Heritage
Walk and a look at the council's planting for the "In Bloom"
competition, not forgetting of course the Brass Band Concert
at the museum on Bank Holiday Monday.
started September at Nottingham University's Rock Garden and
followed with another Family Walk at Little Eaton. The village
usually features in the Autumn Footprints Walking Festival which
took up the rest of the month but this year we chose walks at
other locations, getting close - sometimes a little too close
(left) - to nature! A one-off event on Ilkeston Market Place
saw a variety of classic vehicles.
Another one-off event was the passing through the town of paralympian
gold medalist Richard Whitehead on his way from John O'Groats
to Lands End during his 40 Marathons in 40 Days charity run.
So into October and no review of any year would be complete without
a mention of the Annual Charter Fair which has been held in the
town centre since 1252. This picture shows the expectant crowd
outside the Town Hall awaiting the opening at the 761st Fair.
Apart from that we also took a look at some autumn fruits around
the town, completed the Heritage Walks in Belper and enjoyed
a short walk by the lake in Locko Park at Spondon, near Derby.
You can usually count on the Ilkeston people to support special
events such as the Carnival and the Fair and in November they
were out in force for the Remembrance Day service at the Cenotaph.
They were equally there again at the very end of the month on
a cold night for the switching on of the Christmas lights but
we encountered very few people for some of the walks we did during
the month including one at Colliers Wood, Moorgreen. Other outings
in November resulted in a overview of the charity shops in Ilkeston
and a selection of views from the footbridge over Chalons Way.
November was also the month that we started a series of five
walks, three of them still to come in 2014, around Darley Abbey
to the north of Derby.
We ended the year with another short walk that took us through
Cossall Village, the second Darley Abbey walk and a selection
of Christmassy images for the final two weeks which included
several from the Tree Festival in St Mary's Church. These I can
remember! But looking back through the year, it took the images
of the snowfall in January to bring that back to mind which had
been overshadowed by the current storms and gales that have caused
flooding for many in other parts of the country. They in particular
will be looking for a change in fortune in 2014 and even though
we in Ilkeston have not fared too badly with the weather, we
can join in the same sentiment of wishing for a healthy, happy
and prosperous 2014, Before you know it, we'll be looking back
and conducting another review.
To see the walks and series referred to in this reflection on
2013 follow the links from the "Favourites
2013" page which shows all the winners of the weekly
"Pick A Picture" vote. Ex-Ilkestonian Margaret's home
in Canada can be seen via the Guest page and Betsy's pictures
from the Jigsaw page.