Thursday, 21 February 2013

The Southport Chronicles 2 - its botanic

Day two of the great Southport visit arrived.  Yesterday had been sunny and rather nice, today was a bit more overcast but still reasonable weather.  To be honest at the moment any day that doesn't involve rain and/or snow is seen as a good day and this was a good day.
Last evening involved a nice meal at an Italian restaurant and I have to say that not too much wine was consumed.  It was a fairly low key affair for reasons that will become apparent in the third and final instalment of this trilogy.  We then returned to the cheap and not cheerful hotel and started to wonder about the apparent blood stains on the walls and ceiling in our room.

Moving swiftly on, breakfast was good.  We had a few hours to kill and so we set off for the botanic garden.  This was the second setting off for the botanic garden as I had set off to walk there the day before.  I got sort of lost and after an hour of walking my feet were hurting and I gave up.  Today we set off in the car with sat nav, this was a much better idea and we found it quite quickly.

Southport Botanic Gardens are a picture of faded glory that is beautiful but also a little sad in some ways.  The Gardens are quite big, we must have spent over an hour wandering around them.  They also are full of attractions that are largely now closed down by the look of things.

As you walk in you find the aviaries full of interesting birds.  This reminded me of the Arboretum in Nottingham where they used to have similar birds.  They may still have them but it is many years since I have been there.
I am not a huge fan of birds in cages though so I moved swiftly on.

There is the boating lake which was beautiful but the buildings were completely derelict.  What a terrible shame.
There is also the mural by the boating lake.  Now I do like a good mural (or murial as Hilda Ogden would say).
I enjoyed looking at the murial until I reached this bit...
I am not sure I like the look in the baby's eyes!
There is the band stand and there was a bowling green and crazy golf too.  Sadly we could not get into the fernery as apparently it has recently been closed.  The museum is also closed, what a great building and also such a shame.  Local museums are a wonderful thing; they often contain exhibits that might not appear worthy enough for a larger museum but are fascinating and tell you so much about the local area.
I thought these shadows of previous flower beds rather sad.  Ghosts of their former self.  They did have some flower beds waiting to be planted, so I don't want to give the impression that they had all been grassed over.
One thing that interested me greatly were these little tunnels in the Gardens.
They sort of go from here to there for no apparent reason.
In one there was a bench, now why on earth would anyone want to sit in a tunnel?  This seemed very odd to me.
Parts of the part were a bit flooded.  This is not a flood its a bridge across one of the lakes and for no good reason it started us off thinking about the Bog of Eternal Stench in Labyrinth.  I assure you there was no smell in the Gardens, it was just it was a bit duck-poo covered and we worried about slipping and falling in the water which thankfully we didn't do.
This was a bed of lumpy stuff.  I am sure in the summer it will look better but I was a bit amused by the lumpy stuff.
At the end of the gardens there was this bridge, it felt like a marker of going into another world.
I loved this, it was a delight to find.  The sort of thing you wished they could have more of.
A nice inscription too.

The Botanic Gardens look like they are suffering death by a thousand cuts and it is terribly sad to see this.  Local groups are trying to save it and I hope they succeed.  It is a wonderful park but its glories are fading fast.  If I go back to Southport again I will definitely visit it again.

Anyway, we had to get back into town for the actual reason for the visit to Southport.  Crikey this build up is going to lead to such an anti-climax, what have I led you to expect? ........

Chronicle 1

Chronicle 3

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    1. It's the only good thing I can say about the hotel, sad as it could have spoiled a nice time but we didn't let it.

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  2. What a sad waste of what could be a wonderful place, I hope it gets some revitalisation - there must be some hope if that wonderful sculpture found a home there. How long to wait for the Great reveal?!

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    1. It would be a real shame if the gardens are allowed to fall into disrepair.

      The great reveal will be soon :)

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