Ilkeston To Shipley - "All Change At West Hallam"
w/e 21 April 2002

Garden Flowers
The heathers, forget-me-nots, primulas, grape hyacinths and flowers of the narcissus family in our garden aren't looking too bad this year but having cleared out part of the rockery we needed to restock with a few Alpines.
Gate Post
So it was off to West Hallam where a pair of lion topped gateposts looking down on more Spring flowers marked the entrance to Station House.
Station House 
The ornament lined drive led to the house itself which, as the name suggests, was formerly a station on the Ilkeston to Derby railway line. Now it is a small garden centre/nursery and all the statues, bird baths and other garden ornaments are designed and made by the proprietor.
Further evidence of the former use of the house may be seen above the door where the sign proclaims that the station was "West Hallam For Dale Abbey". Today's usage of the property adds a new dimension to the expression still heard by travellers over many a railway station tannoy: "All change for ........"
Shipley Wood 
Alpines purchased, a short detour on our way home from West Hallam took us to Shipley Wood where there were thousands upon thousands of bluebells coming into bloom.
Bluebells, bluebells, bluebells! Did you know that these wild flowers are protected by law and it is illegal to dig them up? Fortunately we already have some in our garden and they are a joy to behold at this time of year but these growing in their natural environment look so much better in the dappled sunlight of an English wood.

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