Ilkeston - Park'n'Rec
w/e 17 May 2020
All of this week's pictures were
taken with a Kodak DX6490
It's really not very far at all from home to Victoria
Park but this was our longest walk for several weeks since the
lockdown had been imposed. With the restrictions being eased
slightly we decided it would be OK to extend our daily exercise
and merrily set off.
It was perhaps not the best idea to do this longer walk on the
warmest day of the week and we quickly realised the relative
inactivity over the previous seven weeks had not done our fitness
any good and we were ready for a sit down on one of the benches
once we arrived at the park.
Our walk to the park coincided with it being "between the
seasons" as all the flower beds had been emptied in readiness
for the new summer planting. Other visitors to the park, like
us, were observing the social distancing advice and all the occupied
benches along the long border had only one or two persons at
the most on them.
We sat for a while just enjoying the pleasant surroundings and
being in out in the open air in the warm weather and under the
After a while we continued our walk and made our way through
the park taking the path up by the bandstand to the Drummond
Road/Bristol Road exit gates.
This of course took us past the pergola.
Before leaving the park, we paused to look at the trees down
the Bristol Road side including the Copper Beech and Horse Chestnut
that are now in full leaf.
From the park we walked down King George Avenue to the Rutland
Sports Park, formerly the Rutland Recreation Ground and to Ilkestonians,
it's still the Rec. The easing of the lockdown restrictions meant
that people were once again allowed to engage in sporting activities
whilst maintaining social distancing and here several were kicking
a ball to each other.
For the first time in quite a while the tennis courts were open
and one was being used.
The bowling green was still closed however but the green itself
looked to be in excellent condition.
As on the park, some trees are already in full leaf but others
like this one overlooking the bowling green are still covered
Not that we had forgotten but as we left the Rec, a notice on
the gate reminded everyone entering this way that Covid-19 was
still a threat and that in view of this, the children's play
are was closed.