Last of the Autumn Wine.
It was another, bright Autumn Walk and after we had passed well manicured lawns and shrubs of the private housing around the edge of the park, behind the railway, we came to the Park itself, at the Thicket Road Entrance.
But where were the pigeons on the Pigeon Tree?
I saw three up in branches, one flying away as I looked.
It slowly dawned on me what had happened, probably in those last windy days we recently had. The Pigeon tree branches had fallen in the water!
I checked my photos from November of last year and it was so.*
… no more Pigeon Tree
* Incidentally, I note that the green stayed on the trees for longer last year too. Those two Pigeon Tree photos were taken on November 2nd 2016.
Our walk, in light and shade, continued around the Dinosaur Lake.
This dainty fir turns red every year.
Areas in C.P.Park were landscaped to represent different eras, and in the following pics a cave was made that represented man’s evolutionary use of the land. It was Joseph Paxton who, simply put, wanted the Park to show the whole evolutionary process of the Dinosaurs and Man. This particular cave showed a lead mine. It’s presently covered over with a grill.
I watched the Mallard … would he jump? … No, he flew just as I took my eyes off him! On Paxton’s Rustic Bridge a pigeon tried to cadge food from Dom!
We wandered on, past the Strawberry tree, more red berries and Spindle berries by the Stadium, a new Rose Garden and a curious Squirrel!
Then “Home James!” , past the ‘Very Expensive Christmas Trees For Sale’ plot, via the Crystal Palace Station, and on Home.
Anne ….. 27.11.2017.
Maybe it’s the same Squirrel from last year?