A walk in the park

“Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

relaxing man

This week the Wednesday word prompt over on Weekly Prompts, the site I share with my partner GC is Park/s (as in recreational).

We both enjoy a stroll in the park, weather permitting of course, and from the sound of his prompt Gerry’s favourite park area is a tranquil spot under the trees where he can sit quietly and be at one with nature.

Enough of that I’m kicking off with a fun family day out in Valley Gardens, Harrogate, just on the edge of the town centre!


Valley Gardens is a 17-acre English Heritage Grade II listed garden in Lower Harrogate, next to the Pinewoods woodlands. This is a super park and just look at what is on offer. Imagine an early morning/evening stroll or a summer day with kids in tow, activities galore, icecreams and a picnic; what more can a family ask for? There is also a pleasant walk from here to RHS Harlow Carr Gardens that I featured a couple of weeks ago.

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Some two to three years ago, son Joss and I went Pokémon hunting in Valley Gardens with eldest daughter Victoria’s two children, third daughter Lizzy and her baby; all five of them seen here, with the boys bringing up the rear and the spectacled Pokémon Charmander hitching a ride!

Valley Gardens Harrogate with Max

Grandson Max was fascinated by the height of these unusual plants, Massive aren’t they?

One of my favourite parks is Tarnfield Park, known locally as Yeadon Tarn. I prefer to visit early in the day before it becomes busy because like Gerry, I too enjoy a little peace and tranquillity.

Yeadon Tarn info sign

The Tarn One

Evie at the Tarn

Situated two and a half miles from my home the Tarn is one of my favourite lakes to walk around. It has a children’s play park at one end that my youngest grandchildren enjoy (granddaughter Evie seen here), a picnic area, and an almost permanent ice cream van. To the north of the lake there is great view of the west end of one of the airport runways.


And as a bonus, depending on the wind direction, I am treated to a superb view of the aircraft as they land/take off.

(C) SueW-nansfarm.net 2019 Word Prompt Park/s from Weekly Prompts

12 thoughts on “A walk in the park

  1. What a wonderful Park Sue, a bit of everything for everyone to do and see….We have many great Parks in, and round the Geelong area, I’ll see what I can ‘dig’ up…………

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  2. Murphy's Law

    These look like great parks, and appear so clean and well maintained. I got a kick out of the sign, No Pokémon, followed by your first photo! You’re such an imp! 🤗

    Those plants truly are massive!! They dwarf your grandson.
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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    1. They are both great parks to visit. The Tarn being closer to home is my usual place to take a walk.

      Three years ago I published a post called Pokémon Hunting. This was when Pokémon hunting with mobile (cell) phones was popular, the children wanted us to take them out hunting and they chose Valley Gardens.

      Later, to keep them occupied when under my care, I got the children to draw Pokémon pictures, we scanned them and coloured them in on the computer. We had taken photos of the areas where Pokémon had appeared on their phones. At home the children chose which photographs to use and I added the completed Pokémon drawings. Editing the sign was an after thought. We had a fun couple of days, but sadly, now they’re almost fourteen and seventeen they no longer need a baby sitter or my input on how to pass the time! Thank you Ginger 🙂


  3. gc

    Once again Susan you have blended an imaginative, enticing and informative blog article for our site. It was fun seeing Evie again enjoying herself and you being the proud grandmother, you were also captivated by the calm of the moments there. Thank you for sharing this wonderful blog love.

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