Valley Gardens, Harrogate, Yorkshire

In 2015, we had the chance to visit the Spa Town of Harrogate a couple of times, on one occasion, along with Eddie, my smallest dog, I spent an hour exploring ‘Valley Gardens’  We did’nt get to see the whole of the gardens, as Eddie has little tiny legs and has to walk really fast, so we just pottered along the walkways.  I could have carried him, but trying to take photos while carrying a little dog, is a complete no no, so we just ambled along while I took photos one handed.  I remembered visiting many years ago as a child, and was so glad the pavilion looked the same.

A little history…….The Valley Gardens Harrogate are English Heritage Grade II Listed gardens situated in regal Low Harrogate, which along with woodland, are known as The Pinewoods covers 17 acres.

The Valley Gardens Harrogate contain a greater number of mineral springs than any other known place – visit the area known as Bogs Field where 36 different mineral wells were discovered.

Valley Gardens was developed as an attractive walk for visitors to the Spa town, part of their health regime between taking the waters, and as a means of access to the mineral springs of Bogs Field. The waterside walk with flowers and trees became a place for promenading, socialising and taking exercise. Photographs of the gardens in the early 20th century testify to their enormous popularity with crowds around the tea room, boating lake and bandstand. The Sun Pavilion and Colonnades were built as an added attraction and facility for the spa, intended as the first phase of a covered way linking the Pump Room and Royal Bath Hospital. Visitors to the mineral springs declined but the horticultural reputation of the Gardens grew with the staging of the Northern Horticultural Society’s Spring Flower Show in the Gardens and the addition of special garden areas.

The Cherub Fountain
In 1972 a leading Harrogate Councillor was visiting the Chelsea Flower show, where he saw a sculpture created by a young Australian called John Robinson, the Councillor took it upon himself to order the piece, which was presented to the then Director of Parks, Mr Alan Ravenscroft, on the 23 May 1972, where it was installed upon a circular stone surround in the centre of the Valley Gardens.


Yorkshire Clouds


I took these photos while travelling through Yorkshire, on our way home from Scotland, just before Christmas.  The cloud formations were amazing, so it was point and press through the window, far too cold to open it.  Actually it was on pain of death if I did, so the window stayed closed, luckily the glass was quite clean.



Dec 2016

Night Tree


My attempt for 2017…….I am really going to try and post some of my back log of churches that I visited in 2016.  I have started to sort through them and in doing so, I found this image of a tree that I took from the car window on one of our trips.  The sky had the appearance of waves and it looked quite magical with the light almost gone.

Anyway I hope every one had a lovely New Years Day….. ha ha ours was wet and horrible, weather wise, the rest wasn’t too bad. My cold is now in its fourth week, so now becomes a virus, not sure what of, but I shall be so glad when its left the building 🙂

The Long Walk Home


I’ve been having a bit of fun with my filters with this photo.  I like the subject matter, but the colour was, just lets say, horrible, even in b&w, horrible…..nearly went in the trash.  So I thought I would test out my filters and I think I have saved it.  I like the snowiness of the grass and the two figures stand out now, rather than merging into the grass 🙂

Somewhere in Norfolk 2016

Church Tree


We have had beautiful weather here in the East of England, and with the hot weather, visitors appear to keep it company.  I love having visitors to stay, but it does effect my posts and we are now off away again on holiday, so goodness knows when normal postings will resume 🙂  But hopefully I will get some photos to share.  The above photo is of a church we pass on our way to Fort William from Oban on the west coast of Scotland and I just love the way the tall tree shadows the little church.

May 2016