Ilkeston - Kicking Up The Leaves
w/e 06 November 2016 All of this week's pictures were
taken with a Kodak DX6490
There a song recorded in 1960 by Mark Wynter that always comes
to mind at this time of year. It's called "Kicking Up The
Leaves" and that's certainly what we've been doing on the
tree lined streets in the town where fallen leaves are ankle
deep in some places such as St John's Road.
Surprisingly the towpath near Green's Lock on the Erewash Canal
is almost clear of leaves although the trees are also displaying
some beautiful autumnal colours. This is also a good place for
ducks - including those arrowing towards us we counted about
We were not the only ones enjoying a walk along the canal towpath
and a little further along the path was still clear but there
was only a single bird on the water.
Fallen leaves are apparent elsewhere in the town though like
these from the tree in front of Toll Bar House near the top of
A different species of tree is dropping just as many leaves albeit
a different colour at Derby College's Ilkeston campus on New
Victoria Park of course is a good place to see the autumn displays
and as we approached the Drummond Road/Bristol Road entrance
it was good to see the new gateposts had been installed.
Gateposts have also been erected at the Manners Road/Bristol
Road entrance and temporary notices advised that the Heritage
Lottery funded gates would be installed between Wednesday 2nd
and Friday 4th November. Mid morning on Friday though when this
photo was taken there was not a sign of the gates but their installation
must be imminent.
In the park itself a squirrel was foraging amongst the carpet
Council workers are sweeping, bagging, collecting and removing
leaves from pavements in the town but they will be busy for a
while yet as there are still plenty to fall.
Apparently it's the good weather over the summer that's led to
the vibrant colours this year which are apparent all over the
UK and producing views like this one of the Rutland Recreation
Ground as seen from Oakwell Drive.
With the wind getting up and more leaves still to fall, you can
be sure that despite the Council workers' best efforts we'll
be kicking up the leaves for quite a while yet.