This morning I had arranged to meet a friend and her little boy in Didsbury Park. We met around 10:30 and had a nice play in the play area and a walk around the grassed areas.
The children collected sticks, climbed on benches and tree stumps and had a good run around to burn off that energy. We then headed across to the cafe. I haven’t been to the park in Didsbury for so long and I think the cafe is new since I have been there.
We had a coffee and D and E had some fruit and shared a cookie. The cafe is only small but has seating inside and outside too. We timed it quite well as there was a rather heavy downpour when we got into the cafe (which thankfully finished just before we left).
The Cafe is a lovely little space and was well priced too. The staff were great with the children, taking time to talk to them and engage them in chalking. We then headed off and went our separate ways. D, E and I headed for a walk and a look in the charity shops (no bargains today) before heading back to where we had parked.
We had parked close to Parsonage Gardens, which to my shame, I have never actually walked around. We popped in and I was amazed at this amazingly vibrant space tucked away. We had a look at the gardens, and read about Fletcher Moss before heading into the building that was housing an exhibition of local artists’ work.
We stopped to talk to a photographer who had some stunning images displayed. I bought a couple of cards and have had a good look at his website since getting home. The images really are wonderful and I particularly liked this image.
We then had a stroll around the rest of the gardens, taking in the beautiful carved bee that was sited in a bed of lavender plants (and thus attracting lots of bees) and talked to two ladies who were working on the gardens ahead of a judging event tomorrow (Britain in Bloom I think).
I was going to walk around Fletcher Moss too, but D and E were getting sleepy so we headed back to the car. It really was such a lovely peaceful place to be and I think if we ever get a nice, sunny day we will be heading back to explore Fletcher Moss and see what insects and birds we can spot.