It is now the beginning of May and we are still in lock down here in England. I am slowly coming to accept the new normal while mourning my old life. I used to take trips to the shops, the hairdresser or a coffee bar for granted. Now we are only supposed to leave the house for essentials, health reasons exercise or work.
A fellow blogger suggested we write a post on “awakening” looking forward not back. I hope it will coincide with the gradual reopening of our country.
Snuff Mills Bristol
Today I went for a walk to Snuff Mills which is part of the Frome Valley Riverside Walkway and close to the Stoke Park Estate. The name Snuff Mills does not come from the former use of the mill but from one of the millers. His nickname was snuffy Jack because his smock was always covered in snuff. It is in fact an old stone mill which was used for crushing the pennant sandstone from the many small quarries along the Frome valley. The estate was bought in 1926 by the Bristol corporation as a pleasure walk for the citizens of Bristol and the mill has been restored with help from the Fishponds local history society
The old mill has been partly restored.
My favourite part is the large community garden which is maintained by volunteers and has won lots of awards. Thanks to their skill and hard work, I could indulge my new interest in photographing flowers. It is definitely a time for vibrant colours
I have always enjoyed gardening but these last weeks have made me appreciate my garden in a new way. Now I have had time to “stand and stare” I have also had to awaken old skills as our garden centres are closed so plants have to be grown from seeds or cuttings and we have to make our own compost.
If you would like to visit Snuff Mills
There is a large carpark (closed at present due to Covid 19) and a small café serving drinks and snacks. (take away only at present). Snuff Mills is part of the large Oldbury court estate with riverside and woodland walks and a huge children’s adventure playground (closed at present). It is a favourite place for dog walkers although dogs have to be kept on a lead in the community garden.
This post will be added to Terri’s Sunday stills “awakening”