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Photo-a-Day  (Thursday, 7th March, 2024)

Serpentine Spring Flower Bed


Serpentine Spring Flower Bed
Serpentine Spring Flower Bed and Coalbrookdale Fountain.
The Fountain in Mesnes Park has a very interesting history in that it was removed at one point and then recast from the original parts.
It does have twin in Lurgan Park, Northern Ireland.

Photo: Colin Traynor  (iPhone)
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Comment by: Fred Mason on 7th March 2024 at 04:30

What an excellent photo, Colin. Well composed and pleasing to the eye.

Comment by: John (westhoughton) on 7th March 2024 at 05:28

Much better photo Colin

Comment by: Elizabeth on 7th March 2024 at 06:47

It looks nice,glad to see the flower beds being looked after,they seemed a bit neglected for a few years.x

Comment by: PeterP on 7th March 2024 at 06:54

Early start of spring flowers. I wish my flower beds where as full

Comment by: Michael Gormally on 7th March 2024 at 08:07

Years ago the lawns in Mesnes Park used to be perfectly maintained, like the surface of a billiard table. The grass here looks as rough as a bear's backside.

Comment by: Colin Traynor on 7th March 2024 at 08:20

Trust me Michael, beneath that greenery the soil was sodden. Totally unsuitable for mowing at this time of year.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 7th March 2024 at 08:28

Lovely photo! I remember the "Please keep off the grass" notices when I was a child and it DID look much smoother back ten, but our park is still a beautiful oasis on a pleasant day.

Comment by: Happy Harry on 7th March 2024 at 08:31

Takes one to know one!

Comment by: Veronica on 7th March 2024 at 08:35

The rough grass is on verges everywhere.
Even in Wigan Park. It seems flower beds are attended to but the grass can take care of itself. People walk all over it anyway which never happened years ago. A nice refreshing photo of a famous scene.

Comment by: Colin Traynor on 7th March 2024 at 08:56

What is the history of Mesnes Park?
A public park laid out by John McClean and opened in 1878. The area within which Mesnes Park lies was traditionally known as the Mesnes after the manorial demesnes land. The land, which was mostly meadow and pasture, formed part of the Wigan Rectory Glebe Estate, the Rector also being Lord of the Manor.

Comment by: Tom on 7th March 2024 at 09:53

Who is that gentleman stood behind the fountain ?

Comment by: Garry on 7th March 2024 at 10:04

That's what I like to see, Spring flowers, lovely. Cheers olive.

Comment by: Vic on 7th March 2024 at 10:11

Beautiful just beautiful.
You've made my day, Colin.

Comment by: Colin Traynor on 7th March 2024 at 10:50

Tom, it might very well be Dennis Seddon?

Comment by: Cyril on 7th March 2024 at 12:42

The beds certainly are looking very colourful, and you've caught them at the right time Colin.
Though I'm under the impression that the fountain in Lurgan has more detail, or maybe it just seems that way because of being painted in a more compatible or agreeable colour that makes the detailing stand out.
https://www.armaghi.com/news/lurgan-news/new-lease-of-life-for-historic-lurgan-park-fountain/234015
https://www.armaghi.com/news/lurgan-news/new-lease-of-life-for-historic-lurgan-park-fountain/234015

Comment by: Garry on 7th March 2024 at 13:35

I beg your pardon Colin, I don't know where Olive came from at 10.04. Sorry .

Comment by: George (Hindley) on 7th March 2024 at 14:32

A nice creative shape to represent springtime?

Comment by: Michael Gormally on 7th March 2024 at 15:14

Thank you for the point about the sodden earth, Colin. I had not taken that into account. Nevertheless, it will be interesting to see if, when the good weather finally arrives, the lawns are as smooth and striped as I remember them.

Comment by: Colin Trsynor on 7th March 2024 at 15:34

Michael, if I am fortunate enough
to remember I would like to take a similar picture in the late spring when hopefully we get good weather and a good mowing.

Comment by: John (Westhoughton) on 7th March 2024 at 15:47

Wigans Mick new knee joint……hiya Mick are you fit and well after your knee replacement as Paul from Platt Bridge bike shop was asking about you,maybe if you get your battery charged up you can join us on a Sunday ride that would be good.

Comment by: Rev David Long on 7th March 2024 at 17:18

Do we really want to waste money on producing lawns with pretty stripes? The way local government cuts are going, we'll be lucky to have any public open spaces left - let alone neatly manicured.
Prime building land, Mesnes Park....

Comment by: Jembo on 7th March 2024 at 20:49

Lovely shot Colin.

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