This house is at the side of Spring Garden Lane. It’s next to the railway station. In times gone past the railway line would have gone over this road. The people lived here in Queen Victoria’s time would have been a part of history. They would have seen trains going past in to the Navy’s victualling facility at Clarence Yard. They would have seen Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and their entourage passing through on their way to catch the boat over to Clarence House, and they would have been part of that day in 1901, when the passing by of Queen Victoria’s Coffin signalled the end of an era.
This is one of the many places in Gosport that has a role in history. Places and times to explore.
I’m having a quiet time, sitting in a swinging chair under the awning of our shed, watching the light as the evening draw in, listening to the birds singing, and the clatter of talon against wood as the pigeons try to work out how they can get from the roof of the bird table into the food tray, with enough room for only one of them. They manage it though.
Every so often, a sparrow or a starling takes a low, fast pass over the garden, I don’t know if it is to check it out for food or hazards, or if they really are on a mission to somewhere else in the area. Apart from the plants and the leaves of the trees rustling in the very gentle, almost non-existent breeze, the garden is quite still.
I came out earlier this afternoon and spent 15 minutes where I am now, getting up occasionally to go and look at a butterfly. I’ve started doing the Big Butterfly Count again this year https://bigbutterflycount.butterfly-conservation.org/ I loved doing this last year, and was determined to take part again. They have an excellent app. Today, I saw three small whites and a small copper, About this time of year, we are due to start seeing Painted Ladies. Can you believe that the butterfly you see, may very well have come from the Sahara? Isn’t nature amazing?
Soon, as the evening light draws in, it’ll be reasonable to start looking out for stars at a reasonable time.