Ilkeston - Autumn On The Rec
w/e 01 November 2020
All of this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

These pictures would look so much better with the sun shining down from a clear blue sky but the autumn weather meant they were taken on an overcast day, and there have been many of them recently, with a hint of moisture in the atmosphere.

King George Avenue

We're still trying to get out for a walk regularly in these COVID restricted days and approached the Rutland Sports Park (The Rec) along King George Avenue which gave us a good view along Oakwell Drive from the entrance to the Ormiston Academy, the former Ilkeston Grammar School.
Ankle Deep

We turned into West End Drive at the traffic lights and entered The Rec where the path by the railings was ankle deep in fallen leaves.
New Pavilion

We passed the old pavilion, crossed the car park and continued in front of the new pavilion.
Leafy Bank

Many of the leaves that had fallen here had accumulated on the bank at the side of the path.
Former Pitch & Putt

There were not many leaves left to fall from the trees bordering the area to the right that was formerly a pitch and putt course until it was sadly lost with the redevelopment of the sports park.
Splash Of Red

The predominant colours were browns and yellows but there was a splash of red at the end of the terracing.
Tennis Centre

Half of the terracing was lost with the development and replaced with a tennis centre. Years ago the view from here would be dominated by the tall cricket scoreboard and ticket office for the six hole pitch and putt course, eighteen hole miniature putting course, tennis courts and bowling green (see "This Sporting Life").

Bowling Green

The bowling green has changed little over the years although it is now within a fenced area but the green itself looks to be in excellent condition.
Play Area

As we approached the exit from The Rec, another tree still containing a lot of leaves added a bright focal point on a dull day at the edge of the children's play area.
Oakwell Drive

We left The Rec and resumed our daily exercise along Oakwell Drive.

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