Ilkeston - A Random Week
w/e 06 June 2010
All this week's pictures were taken
with a Kodak DX6490
I had no definite aim or theme this week so this
collection of images are just a few captured at random in various
locations around the town on several different days during the
A few years ago we planted a handful of aquilegias in our back
garden but they have spread and multiplied and have sprung up
all over the garden. We even have three colours now, white, pink
and this pretty purple variety captured in the sunshine last
Another plant that spreads without much encouragement is Anthriscus
sylvestris or as we more commonly know it, Cow Parsley. It has
virtually taken over the old segment of St Mary's churchyard
that is separated from the church by Chalons Way and is seen
here on Bank Holiday Monday from the footbridge over the road.
Tuesday was a washout with rain nearly all day but on Wednesday
morning a short walk across Wash Meadow (Johnny's) provided ample
opportunity for a few more shots starting with a tranquil scene
of the Erewash Canal. With St Mary's church in the town centre
on the horizon, the still water in the canal doubled the vista
with almost unbroken reflections.
Over the canal bridge and a few steps along the path through
Johnny's, the undulating ground and the view between the trees
could almost lead you into thinking that you were out in the
countryside somewhere with a lone cottage in the distance but
the housing leading up to the town centre beyond and traffic
on Millership Way behind soon dispel all those thoughts.
Neither the traffic nor our presence however seemed to distract
this bird from doing its best to confirm that the early bird
catches the worm. At first we thought it could have been a Thrush
but now believe it to be a Redwing which is also a member of
the Thrush family. Thrush or Redwing, it certainly had a good
breakfast in store.
All week we had been keeping a watchful eye on the roses in our
front garden and by Friday, this one had the distinction of being
the first to open this summer.
It would be hard to pinpoint though which of these large daisy
type flowers was the first to open this year as there was a whole
bank of them between Chalons Way and the footpath leading from
the Erewash Museum to Chaucer Old Park ('Illy 'Oleys). Like the
rose, they were also seen on Friday.
And on 'Illy 'Oleys itself, there is a splendid display of the
usual smaller daisies but it was the large majestic tree looking
resplendent in its summer foliage that dominated the scene. This
is probably the biggest tree on the park and even without leaves
is always a sight to behold. Looking at some of the other nearby
trees we're just grateful the tree surgeons haven't been let
loose on it.