Revisiting Crystal Palace Park.
Welcome Winter/Spring flowers dotted the grass, still laden with old Autumn leaves.
We went to get up to date on the park plans.
French visitors perchance?
This lone Magpie was very jumpy!
The new site for the Tea Shop is progressing.
I hope that they replant the old Yucca soon!
They said that they are documenting all finds of old works, like this pipe laid in Victorian days*, possibly to feed the Fountains and Lakes.
The view of the aisle of trees is temporarily marred by the fencing around the new cafe works, but I liked the notice reminding folks not to feed bread to the birds, but get bird seed instead.
Signs of youthful and useful activity greeted us at the Entrance …..
… and as we left later, after an informative, if not totally reassuring chat.
We then meandered home through the familiar paths, past trees and birds on the lakes, all still very wintry.
Heathers around the old Stags were vibrant and gorgeous.
I was interested in this pruning ….. [old Willow?]
As ever, Dogwoods and Willows over the little lake looked pretty …..
… and evidence of bird activity was ever-present.
We discovered an old water tank here, so overgrown in the Summer, that we hadn’t realised what it was before the leaves left bare twigs!,
Approaching the end of our walk, at the Crystal Palace Station entrance, we were heralded by raucous screaming from noisy Ring-necked Parakeets, now permanently resident in the park. There is one in the tree, up on the right … honest!
Anne ….. March 19th, 2018.
* date … c.1854