2018 - Another One Gone
w/e 30 December 2018
All of this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

As we stand on the threshold of a new year the thought crosses my mind once again that it doesn't seem a year since I was last looking back and reviewing the images taken during the previous twelve months. It's with some justification this time though as this will be the third time I've gone through a similar review process. The first time was during the first week of January when I reviewed 2017 for the first update to the site for 2018. Then in February illness laid me low and with new images being few and far between I selected some from the beginning of the year for the update and now here I am, due to the vagaries of the calendar, conducting another review for the final addition to the site for 2018.


Apart from the 2017 review in January, we had a walk through Bramcote Hills Park, another through the centre of Derby and of course the customary visit to Wollaton. As well as a walk through the park, we also had a look at the Natural History Museum and the Cassandra Room in the Hall and admired the stunning architectural features both outside and inside (above) the Hall.

Ash WednesdaySnowdrops at ShipleyMore walks in February took us along the Nottingham Canal between Trowell and Cossall, looking for snowdrops (right) in Shipley Country Park and we found both snowdrops and crocuses at Stanton By Dale (above). Standing in bitterly cold weather on Ash Wednesday when the BBC paid a visit for a news item (left) probably contributed to the illness I referred to in the introduction.

Illy 'Oleys CrocusesIlly 'Oleys SnowAnd talking of cold weather it was at the end of February and the beginning of March that we were hit by "The Beast from the East" which blanketed the country with snow. These two photos left and right of 'Illy 'Oleys taken from a similar position were just a few days apart. Later in the month though the daffodils were out when we took a walk from Kirk Hallam Lake along the Nutbrook Trail (above). In March we also walked at Kimberley and began the Town Walk series at Long Eaton.
April: Long Eaton x 2, Beauvale Priory x 2, Kirk Hallam, Risley, Good Friday x 2

There was another visit to Long Eaton for the second part of the series in April and as the weather picked up we enjoyed a Mothering Sunday gift of a cream tea at Beauvale Priory, saw more daffodils at Kirk Hallam and viewed some of the historic buildings in the Risley Conservation Area. We would return to Risley again in September for an Autumn Footprints walk. With Easter falling in April this year we also took park in the annual Good Friday Walk of Witness through the town.

As the weather continued to improve the bluebell season started and we found them not only on a walk from Commoners Lott in Stanley Common but also in Lea Wood when we did a circular route taking in the Cromford Canal (above) in May.

"Aspects of Ilkeston" exhibition

It was also in May that an "Aspects of Ilkeston" exhibition was staged in St Mary's Church in conjunction with the Local History Society and it attracted many visitors over the early Spring Bank Holiday. We also attended a couple of events at the Erewash Museum in May, namely a Motorcycle Day and a Royal Garden Party celebrating the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. There would be more events at the museum throughout the summer.

And what a summer it was! The sun shone, the temperature rose and it was hot, hot, hot all the way. Events came thick and fast but we did find time for a trip to Smisby to wander through the peace and quite of the Bluebell Arboretum in June.

Festival of Water, Carnival, Beeting Retreat, Garden Party

Other June events (and visits) included a Festival of Water at Langley Mill, Ilkeston's Carnival, the Beating Retreat Ceremony on the Market Place and a Forties Garden Party at the museum.

The scorching July weather didn't do the flower beds in the town any favours despite constant care and attention by the Council's Green Space Team and the town's entry in the East Midlands in Bloom Competition resulted in a silver award when gold was hoped for.

Swing Back to the Forties, Serve Day, Sunflower, Well Dressing Festival, Summer Sounds

July saw a whole host of events and activities in the local area including another Forties themed event at the museum "Swing Back to the Forties", the Arena Church's Serve Day, West Hallam's Well Dressing Festival and Scarecrow Trail and the Summer Sounds concert in Victoria Park. Oh and the sun kept shining and the flowers kept blooming.
Flowers, Hoodwinked, Matlock Bath, Classic Car Show

Those flowers included poppies and zinnias and we had a fine display of both in the garden - as well as the sunflowers - but in August we also saw some of the decorated robins on the Hoodwinked Trail in Nottingham and enjoyed a stroll through Matlock Bath by the side of the River Derwent. The Classic Vehicle event on the Market Place was one of the few days during the summer where umbrellas were needed as protection against a light shower. At other times parasols would have been more appropriate.


Another place we visited during August was the unusually situated Cascades Gardens at Bonsall near Matlock where we spent a pleasant couple of hours exploring the various settings in this quiet spot.
Autumn Footprints Festival

The Long Eaton Town Walk had reached its fifth part in September but most of the month was taken up with photos from the sixteen day Autumn Footprints Walking Festival in Erewash and Amber Valley and the above composite shows just a few of the photos that didn't make it in the additions to the site and there are still many more I've not shared - yet!


Swan Lake Nature ReserveIlkeston FairAs the heatwave started to come to an end, the autumn colours became apparent and we found them in Victoria Park (above), in Shipley Park and also around the Straw's Bridge Nature Reserve (left) as well as many other places too. But October of course is the month of Ilkeston's Annual Charter Fair (right) and we devoted two weeks to the event showing the Fair in full swing and also the week after.

The 100th anniversary of the Armistice was marked with a service in St Mary's Church on Remembrance Sunday that continued around the Cenotaph on the Market Place and the Battle's Over commemoration on the same day in the evening.

As the year drew to a close the lights went on for Christmas, we made another trip to Long Eaton for the eighth part of the series, photographed in Ilkeston just before Christmas and took the customary photo (above) of the Christmas tree on our way to church on what was a misty Christmas Day morning. So as the title to this page says, that's "Another One Gone" and as we look forward to another brand new one that is 2019, all that remains is to wish everyone a HAPPY NEW YEAR.

Follow the links from the "Favourites 2018" page to see more from each week during the year..

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