I Went For A Walk Today…

I have pledged to do 10000 steps a day, for the whole of March, fundraising for Prostate Cancer UK. During the week, I’m walking to and from work which takes care of about 7500 steps so the remaining 2500 aren’t too difficult to achieve but weekends are a bit of a struggle to get the steps in. So today I went for a walk. It was a beautiful, sunny spring day and I left the house and headed towards Beverley Road via Cottingham Road. My destination was Pearson Park which was the first public park in Hull and named after the ship owner and philanthropist Zachariah Pearson, who donated the land to build it. The park is currently undergoing a restoration and I was looking forward to seeing how this was progressing.

Walking down Beverley Road, I am always struck by the beauty of some of the architecture. I would love to step back in time to see this street as it once was. Now it’s a mixture of shabby bedsits within converted once-grand houses and Polish supermarkets! One such grand building that looks to have been sympathetically converted into an apartment block is the former Mayfair cinema pictured below. Unfortunately there’s a bus stop right in front of it so it’s impossible to get a clear shot.

On approach to the park entrance on Pearson Ave, I’m impressed by the restoration of the magnificent gateway. The gates and gateway have been repainted in the original period colours of green and cream and look wonderful.

Inside the park there is a lot of work still to be done but what is done looks fabulous. Tucked behind metal fencing, Queen Victoria has had a bit of a spruce up, she’s looking gleaming.

The new conservatory is I believe, built on the site of the old one and a beautiful bandstand is close by. I am looking forward to a time when this horrible Covid-19 outbreak is over and we can all go out to the park together again and enjoy these glorious facilities.

Leaving the park, I walked home via Newland Ave, popped into the greengrocers and tried the supermarket for bread flour, no luck there. This pandemic has brought out the worst in some people. Selfish panic bulk buying of some things leaving nothing for the rest of us. I hope they all get weevils in the flour they have stockpiled.

I decided to use Auckland Ave for the last leg of the walk home because its quieter and more peaceful than Cranbrook. This time of the year is my favourite time, everyone’s gardens bursting with life and the birds singing in the trees. The blossom of the magnolias in these gardens caught my eye and I quickly snapped a photo. I was a bit worried that someone might come running after me demanding to know why I was taking photos of their garden.

I feel so much better after a walk with mother nature and I’m not far off completing my step count today!

If you care to donate, here is the link. Jill’s 10000 Steps fundraising page for Prostate Cancer UK

Right on our doorstep…

..is a river which makes for a very pleasant Sunday afternoon stroll and an impromptu picnic.  So that is what Patrick and I decided to do on Sunday afternoon, having availed ourselves of Tesco’s finest scotch eggs and pre-packed sandwiches, a bottle of Leffe and a blanket to sit on. 

Hull is built on the junction of two rivers, the mighty Humber, at the other side of which lies Lincolnshire, and the meandering River Hull, which the city itself straddles.  Despite living here all of my life  and spending much of my childhood mucking around where I shouldn’t be and, well, trepassing I suppose, at the industrial section of both rivers in and around the city centre, I confess I hadn’t previously ventured this far up river, well not along the riverbank itself anyway.  I drive across a bridge over it at this point everyday on my way to work and say to myself “that would be a really pleasant walk to do one day”.  So finally got around to it.  The weather was glorious and a lovely day was had.

River Hull
River Hull, looking towards Industrial Estate

  I work somewhere over there!

Patrick

 See those Dandelions?  I’ll be collecting some of them this week to make Dandelion Wine 🙂

You’d think looking at these pictures that I lived in some lovely country village with lots of green space around not right in the middle of a very industrial city like Hull.  Just goes to show, there are hidden gems if you are willing to get out there and look for them.