We have a little ritual every year, visiting the wild garlic at the very top of the upper part of Alexandra Park, in the thicket above Shornden Reservoir. (Here's an odd thing. Why do so many locals refer to it as Alexander Park? It was named after Princess, later Queen Alexandra when she opened the park with her husband, later King Edward VII in 1882).
It was a beautiful sunny Sunday. As usual, we walked to the park from home. First thing, we saw a group of people by the War Memorial, commemorating VE Day.
|VE day ceremony in Alexandra Park|
Walked along our favourite path 'The Ride' in the Upper Park. My attention was drawn to the enormous sweet chestnut trees with multiple trunks, which must have been coppiced many years ago and then neglected.
Last year, the garlic was good, if a little trampled. This year, it was perfect.
|Path to the garlic|
In the garlic. I found a bird's egg shell - I think it is a blackbird's.
|Blackbird's egg shell|
Then, we walked up through Bohemia, and down through Summerfields Woods. Poked my head into the Walled Garden - lots of people busily working.
|Busy-ness in the Bohemia Walled garden|
|Bluebells, Summerfields Woods|
Finally, down through the town, and lunch at Ada Turkish Restaurant.
A lovely walk - Hastings at its best.