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Photo-a-Day  (Sunday, 8th October, 2023)


In the Queen Elizabeth Memorial Garden, Market Street, Standish.

Photo: Poet  (Lenovo TAB 2 A10-70F)
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Comment by: Tess Tickle on 8th October 2023 at 00:20

First to spot it gets an orange.

Comment by: Alan on 8th October 2023 at 03:13

With my hayfever I could not possibly sit on that bench.

Comment by: Maureen on 8th October 2023 at 05:20

Just look at all those beautiful colours, it looks like an artist’s palette.board.

Comment by: Pauline on 8th October 2023 at 06:38

The rubbish bin?

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 8th October 2023 at 07:25

Poet, that is a lovely photo. Just to sit among the flowers, perhaps its also a quiet place away from the hustle of the day.

Comment by: PeterP on 8th October 2023 at 08:23

I know it is the angle of the photo shot but at 1st I thought you needed a machete to get to the bench. Tess I had to look hard to find it can I claim the orange please.

Comment by: Tom on 8th October 2023 at 08:46

I was there last week but I had to leave because of all the fumes being spewed out of a 20 ton lorry waiting at the very busy traffic lights.
Ive been told next year the Standish council is going to install an air pollution monitor because of complaints from the residents.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 8th October 2023 at 08:58

I love it but have to admit I expected to see Mr. McGregor, Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail and Peter Rabbit in there. I'm sure I caught sight too of one of The Flowerpot Men, but...all together now....."Was it Bill or was it Ben?" Remember singing that, everyone, on Watch With Mother? (Only a bit of fun.... I actually think that's gorgeous. It has character does that garden....much nicer than things set tidily in rows). Lovely photo, Poet.

Comment by: Veronica on 8th October 2023 at 10:01

How sad it looks forgotten already… Blackberry soon chokes everything else…

Comment by: Jimmy Rasburn on 8th October 2023 at 11:31

Yes it does look like an artist’s palette.board that been dropped and landed upside down.

Comment by: Anthony on 8th October 2023 at 12:04

Some people could stare at a diamond and only see a plum.

Comment by: Meg. on 8th October 2023 at 12:18

What a lovely photo. The colours are beautiful. Thank you Poet. I'm just back from a stroll in Mesnes Park. The sun was shining, the birds were singing and everyone I passed smiled or said good morning. We are so lucky to have such a tranquil oasis in the middle of town.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 8th October 2023 at 12:22

It might look like an upside-down palette but to those of us who have never had more than a flagged back-yard it is a delight. I have never lived in a house with a garden, front or back; the front step has always stepped straight out onto the pavement. That won't change now at my age and I am used to it but I love to see other people's gardens.

Comment by: Wigan Mick's Bike Seat on 8th October 2023 at 12:28

Tess Tickle, you would get a bit itchy sat amongst all that foliage..

Comment by: Veronica on 8th October 2023 at 12:51

Yes there’s some lovely plants there but they will be choked with weeds and it’s memorial to remember a great lady but it’s been forgotten already. ( you can hardly see the bench!) If you love plants and I do you have to keep the weeds down. I would pull those sunflowers up for a start and put the lone sunflower in a jug on the window ledge….
I’m always on the lookout for plants and hate seeing them withered outside supermarkets for lack of water. That’s my thoughts on the photo.
No wish to detract from the quality of the photo though as Poet will I think understand. .

Comment by: Cyril on 8th October 2023 at 12:51

I can only see Little Weed, Irene.
Veronica, perhaps Ozy picked all the brambles for his moonshine when on his weekly forays for supplies at McRobb's.

Anthony, funny that, because whenever I stare at a diamond I see carats.

Comment by: Joan on 8th October 2023 at 12:55

Anybody who was concerned about Mick not being around doesn't need to worry because I saw him coming past my house last week, he was wet through because he was caught in one of those heavy showers we were having.

Comment by: Veronica on 8th October 2023 at 13:38

I think the tin shelter will be engulfed with brambles Cyril. He’ll need a machete when he emerges next Spring.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 8th October 2023 at 14:07

Veronica, it breaks my heart to see daffodils in supermarkets with no water; they are living things and need to be either in the ground or in water. The shops do it so they won't open too quickly as customers want to see them open at home and last for a while, but the ones that don't get bought are just left to die. Most other flowers are in water even in supermarkets, but those poor daffodils! And I hate it when children pick them in parks and then just throw them away; if they took them home for their Mums I could forgive them, even though they shouldn't take them, but to see them thrown away is heartbreaking. When we had our dogs I used to walk them in Abram Park and I used to pick the discarded daffs up off the ground just to give them a few days' life in a jug of water at home....I'm sure people used to think I had picked them!

Comment by: Dave on 8th October 2023 at 14:13

Actually there are two benches in the picture . There's a second to the left set at a right angle . You can just make out the colour of it behind the tree of red berries .

Comment by: Veronica on 8th October 2023 at 14:33

Irene I envy you your flagged backyard I hope they are the original stone flags with a lovely brick wall surrounding…my last house was the same I had pots and a couple of flags lifted out.
I remember one of my old neighbours had them stolen though poor soul. Not one stone flag left in her yard!!! Probably the same bandits who robbed the terracotta balls from all the front gardens in our street.

Comment by: Pat McC on 8th October 2023 at 14:52

A beautiful photo - looks like a painting.
Irene, one of the many magical moments I remember was Listen with Mother and the introduction ... Are you sitting comfortably, then I'll begin.

Comment by: Cyril on 8th October 2023 at 15:51

he's been posting on here for the past few days Joan, or haven't you noticed, well I'm saying him when actually it was his bike seat doing the commenting, must be an AI seat.

Comment by: Wigan Mick's Bike Seat on 8th October 2023 at 15:55

Left me with a bit of a sniffel joan but i'll be out and about soon

Comment by: Veronica on 8th October 2023 at 17:09

Then he complains when he’s accused of having different names!
Wigan Mick’s Bike Pump more likely full of fresh air…it’s a case of Who’s Who on here at times…

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 8th October 2023 at 17:35

As my Mam used to say, Mick....."shift thi' ey-ups!", (meaning get back up and running soon). Hope you're getting better. Veronica, we too had the flag outside our back-gate stolen years ago....York flags were fetching big money at the time, and thieves will stop at nothing.....no respect whatsoever for people's property or the age or history of things.

Comment by: . Ozy . on 8th October 2023 at 18:00

I’ve got three old stone flags that I pulled out of a skip a couple of years ago . They’re nicely polished with wear , but I want shut of them now as they’re just cluttering up the old bomb shelter , so I’m having a bit of a clear-out .

You can have ‘em if you want ‘em Veebs …..
Problem is I don’t deliver
unfortunately …
….but if you still have your pushbike , I have a couple of straps and ratchets that you could borrow .

Now I will understand if you’re not interested but if anyone else wants them then email me at….


Or alternatively , shove a note down my chimney …. if it isn’t emitting black smoke from my carbon neutral car tyre burning AGA that is .

…..have I mentioned my AGA previously ?….. I may well have done but this home brew appears to be having an adverse effect on my few remaining brain cells …..

There was no mention of that in the instructions either ….
I’ll be sending for nowt else off Amazon .

Comment by: . Ozy . on 8th October 2023 at 20:26

Please ignore my previous post , as , on hearing a bit of a racket outside whilst watching “ Crossroads “ , I’ve just emerged from my subterranean sanctum only to witness the bloody pikeys disappearing down the road with my flags .

Buggeration ! …….

Sorry if I’ve raised anyone’s hopes needlessly … Dammit !!!

I don’t mind giving stuff away , but that lot need locking in a shipping container with some zyklon B tablets being dropped through a hole in the roof .

Comment by: Tom on 8th October 2023 at 21:17

I'm just watching Big Brother, Mick might turn up on there.

Comment by: Christine on 8th October 2023 at 21:49

A nice pad today , unfortunately spoiled at the end by morons .

Comment by: Rev David Long on 9th October 2023 at 09:51

Veronica, I'm afraid you've been deceived by the angle of the photograph - the garden is not unkempt, forgotten, or neglected at all. It's the end of the season - time to clear away the spent summer growth (the sunflowers, bowed by recent heavy rains, have been lifted already), and prune back the rampant roses (they're not brambles) - but not the time to do a full tidy-up. The seed heads will provide food for the birds. There's time enough to clear away the bedding plants from the raised planters and let the spring bulbs come through.
The Standish Busy Bees gardeners are doing a splendid job here and elsewhere in the area, clearing up and planting otherwise derelict sites.

Comment by: Veronica on 9th October 2023 at 13:06

I’m sure the Busy Bees do a great job Reverend. The end of the season is as you say a time to clear away ..the colours are lovely I must say. It would have been nice to see it at the beginning. Trying to make the flowers last as long as possible is a full time job…it’s the same in my patch.

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