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This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!

Friday, 14 September 2012

Tatton Park

As soon as my committments to the paralympics were over, I went North to Manchester to spend a few days with Mum. The weather was perfect for a day out at Tatton Park in Cheshire. The gardens are beautiful although a number of the pathways have small pebbles which make it very difficult to push a wheelchair.

The Italian garden

View of the rest of the park from the balustrade

When I wasn't negotiating the pebble pathways I was pushing the wheelchair up the wet grassy slopes. What a work out!

The bed of heather with some topiary in the background.

The Japanese garden

Outside the formal gardens is the park with its lakes. It is also a farm and although you can't see them in this picture there are deer, sheep and cattle grazing.

The giant ornamental rhubarb or 'Gunnera'. We had a wonderful day together and  finished it off with a delicious meal of dressed crab in the restaurant before Mum returned home feeling quite exhausted.  


  1. Your Mum looks so happy, and no wonder! A beautiful garden on a beautiful day with her beautiful daughter :) I haven't pushed very many wheelchairs but once met a fellow whose battery had died on his electric chair. I pushed (admittedly uphill) on an easy surface, and only for a couple of blocks, but it made me realize it is more of a workout than one might first think. Anyhow, absolutely wonderful photos and delightful post!

  2. The Gunnera is enormous! You chose a gorgeous day to take your Mum to the park.

  3. A wonderful day out with your Mum..... I'm sure you both slept well that night.

  4. How admirable of you to spend time with your mum and at such a majestic place, too!



  5. Well, I never knew that heather was so colourful!! And how weird is that giant rhubarb?! It makes your mum look positively minuscule!!

  6. Wheel chairs and gravel are a bad mix. That last plant is huge!

    Enjoyed the post about the olympic parade - but not as much as I enjoyed watching team GB on the TV!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

  7. Beautiful park and gardens. Glad you and your mum had a great time. Those gunnera leaves are amazing!

  8. BEautiful! Looks like you two had a wonderful day, what a great place to spend it in! :o)

  9. Wonderful art and such lovely gardens too.

  10. That's a very beautiful place !


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