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Nice Things To Do: A Walk in the Rain

by Margaret Powling-

Even though it was drizzling we thought we’d have a quick walk along Torquay Sea Front this morning.   So, wrapped up in our raincoats, we parked the car and walked through this sunken Edwardian garden (above) which is between the sea front road and Torre Abbey, now the town’s art gallery.  Two of the council’s gardeners were there, also well wrapped up against the elements, keeping this very formal garden in pristine condition.  Although, as is evident from this photo, it was a very dull morning, the white and yellow primulas looked lovely – wallflowers in the central beds will be in flower within the next few weeks.

From here we walked through the Rock Walk where two magnolia trees are just coming into bloom:

 

And some deep red camellias were also in bloom at the foot of the rock face, obviously enjoying their sheltered position beneath some trees:

From Rock Walk we strolled around the inner harbour:

 

The rain was beginning to come down more heavily now and so we made our way back to our car, and drove home, for coffee and cheese baguettes for lunch.

Margaret Powling

14 Comments

  1. Luna Crone

    Lovely place, for a rainy walk….

    And lovely photo op material…

    07 . Mar . 2017
    • Margaret Powling

      Yes, Luna, we enjoyed the walk, it did us good to be out in the fresh air eve if it was rainy. I love a stroll around he sea front and harbour and the rain kept a lot of people away, so it was less crowded than usual, too.

      08 . Mar . 2017
  2. Jo

    I think it does you good to get out whatever the weather, though I must admit to needing more than a nudge when the weather isn’t at its best. Those magnolias are going to be stunning when they’re in full bloom.

    08 . Mar . 2017
    • Margaret Powling

      Yes, that’s how I feel, Jo. I love to be out at least for part of the day, even in the rain.
      I think there were more magnolias along the Rock Walk but my memory is hazy about that; they might’ve been there and removed when they did the major overhaul of this area about 7 or 8 years ago, but there again, I might’ve just been imagining that there were more of them!

      08 . Mar . 2017
  3. Eloise

    Those Magnolias are gorgeous.
    My husband always says that there is no wrong weather, just the wrong clothing but I remain unconvinced of the appeal of walking in the rain! I do find though, that if I have been indoors for more than a day, I crave a bit of fresh air to blow away the cobwebs.
    This morning I have been to the gym and have this afternoon penciled in for writing (no pun intended). My life is rather busy so I really do like a day all to myself.

    08 . Mar . 2017
    • Margaret Powling

      Your husband is right about no wrong weather!
      I’ve never been to a gym in my life – well, not since gym in my school days and I didn’t like it then! But I used to play squash (which did for my knees) and ten-pin bowling and occasionally golf, but gave that up as, when aged 14, I thought it was too boring for words and only learned because my parents had lessons books with the pro for me!

      08 . Mar . 2017
  4. Eloise

    I never considered golf. I was always sure that it would be boring and now that you have confirmed it, I will certainly not be taking it up! I never thought that I’d join a gym either but I heard about Gymophobics and thought I’d give it a try about six years ago – I’ve been a member ever since. It is totally different from other gyms and for ladies only. Members range from 18 to 80, though it is primarily aimed at the 40+ age group with our core membership being age 55-75. Several of the instructors are in their 50s too. There are no mirrors and no one wears lycra! I have made some great friends and the social time (after the 30 minute exercise circuit ) is a real bonus. We have a coffee area with comfy sofas and free drinks and ‘put the world to rights’. In theory I go three mornings a week; in practice it is more like twice!

    08 . Mar . 2017
    • Margaret Powling

      Actually, my attitude to golf changed over the years. Now, although I don’t play, I love to watch the Open and the Masters from Augusta. My parents and my uncle were both golfers (my mother was a very good player indeed) and our elder son now plays once a week. Fortunately, having played as a youngster, I understand what the players are attempting to achieve and know just how difficult a game it is. Today, the attitude to golf has, thankfully, changed quite a lot, and I’d have perhaps stuck with it, but it seemed such an old-fashioned thing to do in the late 1950s when I was a girl. It isn’t a boring game at all, Eloise, it was just my conception of it aged 12 – 14!
      Your gym class, if you can call it a class, sounds lovely!

      08 . Mar . 2017
  5. Eloise

    A very good point, Margaret. If I thought about it, I am sure my attitudes have changed somewhat since I was aged 12-14 too!
    Golf is indeed very popular and it is probably my lack of understanding which makes it boring. A case in point – to the bemusement of people who know me well, I love watching snooker on the TV (and I understand it pretty well)! Have a good day.

    08 . Mar . 2017
    • Margaret Powling

      Yes, I enjoy snooker (to watch, I mean) too, especially the World Championship from The Crucible in Sheffield. You have a good day, or what remains of it, too, Eloise and thank you for your comments.

      08 . Mar . 2017
  6. Lara

    Your photographs are beautiful. Those gardens are stunning and so formal. Your walk in the rain sounds like you made the best of it. I wear glasses and can’t stand it when they get wet in the rain – so long as my glasses and feet are dry I’m fine. I have a peaked visor – like people wear when playing tennis except I don’t play tennis – which is excellent for keeping the rain off. Wind makes me feel ratty and it can be difficult to manhandle an umbrella that’s trying to turn inside out and take you with it. Drizzle is preferable to a cyclone !

    08 . Mar . 2017
    • Margaret Powling

      Yes, those gardens are a delight. They are not large, but I could imagine them being like that since Edwardian times. The Council, even though there have been cuts in all budgets over many years since the banking crisis of 2008, have managed to keep some of the parks and gardens looking lovely (others have had flower beds grassed over to make them cheaper to manage), but this little formal garden is always wonderful. OK, I wouldn’t want this kind of carpet bedding in my garden, but for a town garden it really adds a splash of colour.
      What a good idea to wear a peaked visor in the rain! I can manage to go without my distance glasses as long as I’m not driving. But yes, I’m sure drizzle is better than a cyclone! As soon as we have better weather I will post more photos of this garden as it changes over the spring and summer.

      08 . Mar . 2017
  7. Sarah

    Those gardens look so well maintained. It’s lovely to see the magnolia coming into flower too. Sarah x

    11 . Mar . 2017
    • Margaret Powling

      Yes, Sarah, they are lovely gardens and, for the most part, well kept. We will have to return in a few weeks to see the magnolia in bloom – strange how here in Torbay, just five or six miles away, we have a micro climate so that the magnolias on the sea front are now fully in bloom.

      11 . Mar . 2017

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