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Photo-a-Day  (Sunday, 12th July, 2020)

Mesnes Park

Mesnes Park

Photo: Mick Byrne  (Panasonic DMC-TZ100)
Views: 2,381

Comment by: Alan on 12th July 2020 at 04:41

You are learning how to take photo position shots like the one and only Dave Oy, but a million miles away yet for quality. Never the less not bad.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 12th July 2020 at 08:03

Nice image of the park I knew.

Comment by: Philip G. on 12th July 2020 at 10:08

Splendid Photo Mick. And the begonias: I have one in a decent pot on the greenhouse bench, which flowered for the first time last year - it's now in its fourth year and doing ok. The stems of 'mi patio roses are kicking-off like ne'er before, as well - bought these about the same time as the former. Funny tackle plants.

Comment by: irene roberts on 12th July 2020 at 11:58

Happy memories of Sunday afternoons in Wigan Park, (we never called it Mesnes Park) with my parents as a small child, then with my own children and now with my grandchildren. I'm sure the same applies to many who grew up in Wigan, some even now taking their GREAT- grandchildren. What a lovely sense of continuity that brings, like a poem, "The Brook", which I learned in school...."for men may come and men may go, but I go on forever".

Comment by: Arthur on 12th July 2020 at 12:55

One of the most photographed parks in Wigan.

Comment by: Veronica on 12th July 2020 at 12:57

Always instantly recognisable, never seems to change, but I can't say I'm impressed with the fountain in the middle.

Comment by: Mick on 12th July 2020 at 13:42

If I had been in charge of putting in the new fountain, I would have put at the top of the first set of steps were the ground is more level.
And I would have made the other area into a nice garden, with a big conifer tree growing in the middle that could be lit up at Christmas
They could make it into a winter wonderland to attract more people to visit the park in winter.
I can see it all now, brass band playing, hot chocolate and mince pies being sold in the cafe.

Comment by: Pat McC on 12th July 2020 at 13:43

Lovely photograph Mick - those blue skies seem ages ago now. It's great to see these parks being maintained so beautifully. I suppose in years gone past these parks would have been the only 'green' areas for townspeople to sit and enjoy as most people didn't own cars and wouldn't have been able to travel to beauty spots in the countryside.

Comment by: Garry on 12th July 2020 at 14:27

We used to call it Wigan Park as kids and not Mesnes Park.

Comment by: Veronica on 12th July 2020 at 15:24

Sounds a good idea that Mick, with the fir tree, but I can't see the point of the fountain, I bet it's never even turned on.

Comment by: irene roberts on 12th July 2020 at 15:39

It is usually on when I go through the park, Veronica, although I haven't been since the lockdown, and it actually looks lovely. Normally, on schooldays, I cut through the park on my way to Jamie's and the fountain is working. They have painted it in colours suitable to the Victorian/ Edwardian era, ditto the bandstand and cafe and they look fitting to the era when the park was new .

Comment by: Mick on 12th July 2020 at 15:52

Veronica, you can see the fountain and the waterfall working on this video.
Just copy and past this,,,,, https://youtu.be/oFnaTRdxVqI

Comment by: fw on 12th July 2020 at 16:19

As we each get older,
our memories aren’t as good ,
we treasure special places ,
Like we always could ,
The park has always been there ,
and will be when we’ve gone ,
Like a special friend we’ve had ,
There to lean upon ,
Our sprightly legs now slower ,
give time to take more in ,
life’s pace it may be faster ,
but mine is from within ,
Each day we are returning ,
One day this will not be ,so captured memories
now or then ,
are in your mind to turn on when...

Comment by: Kath H on 12th July 2020 at 19:19

I went to the park three times last week and the fountain was on every time. It’s beautiful.

Comment by: irene roberts on 12th July 2020 at 20:07

Veronica, I answered your 15.24 post ages ago and it hasn't appeared. My earlier post I had to submit TWICE. Can't understand it. If it doesn't appear I will email you tomorrow.

Comment by: Veronica on 12th July 2020 at 21:23

Just seen your post Irene, one of these days I must re-visit the park. The last time I went with the grandkids it was a fun in the park day in the holidays. They thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Well I am glad the fountain is turned on, there's nothing worse than a fountain turned off. I will look at the video Mick thanks.

Comment by: irene roberts on 12th July 2020 at 22:06

Veronica, when we all get back to normal, we'll have to meet in the park cafe now that Myrtle's Refreshment Room, (Bruccianni's). has gone. It's nice and old-fashioned and we can powder our noses and have a Bath Bun! xx

Comment by: Edna on 12th July 2020 at 22:50

When we meet next Veronica.We could meet in the park.Now there's a nice thought, but we'll have to be able to get a coffee.

Comment by: Edna on 12th July 2020 at 22:56

Love this scene, Roly poly'd down that hill loads of times as a child.Soooo many memories.

Comment by: Veronica on 12th July 2020 at 23:08

That would be lovely ladies! Especially if the sun is shining!

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