Posted by: christinelaennec | October 7, 2015

Greenbank Gardens in early September

At the beginning of last month, I had a day off, and I went back to Greenbank Gardens.  It is a beautiful place, and luckily for me it is accessible by public transport – when I have a day off, it means that Michael is looking after the Dafter and must therefore have the car to help her get around.  (We are that rare thing, a one-car family, which I’m very happy about.)

So here are some photos from my visit.  I took a packed lunch, read Katherine Mansfield by the fountain, and went for a cup of tea in the tearoom before coming home.

On the walk up from the bus.  Clarkston, Glasgow.  Early September 2015.

On the walk up from the bus. Clarkston, Glasgow. Early September 2015.

The entrance to the garden rooms.

The entrance to the garden rooms.

Looking to the end of the central "allée".

Looking to the end of the central “allée”.

Some interesting topiary!

Some interesting topiary!

"Foam".  This statue by Charles d'Orville Pilkington Jackson, was created for the Empire Exhibition in Glasgow's Bellahouston Park in 1938.  When it was gifted to the National Trust in Scotland, they decided to place it in Greenbank Gardens, as the closest NTS location to Bellahouston Park.  The noise of the falling water was extremely soothing.

“Foam”. This statue by Charles d’Orville Pilkington Jackson was created for the Empire Exhibition in Glasgow’s Bellahouston Park in 1938. When it was gifted to the National Trust in Scotland, they decided to place it in Greenbank Gardens, as the closest NTS location to Bellahouston Park. The noise of the falling water was extremely soothing.

A beguiling path.

A beguiling path.

Flowers and fruit trees.

Poppies and cornflowers, with apple trees behind.

These lovely light pink fuschias make me believe that "actual faeries" (as someone put on the Reasons to be Happy poster) must be real.

These delicate light pink fuschias make me believe that “actual faeries” (as someone put on the Reasons to be Happy poster) must be real.

Fab memorial bench!

Fab memorial bench!

The past few weeks have been very challenging for the Dafter, and thus for me.  I am deeply exhausted.  I rarely ever wake up feeling rested, and sometimes it takes me quite a few minutes to recall the details of my existence, the identify what the massive problem is, and from there, what day of the week it is and what is on the agenda.  I know this state is all too familiar to caregivers everywhere.  My frozen shoulder is very slowly improving, but I still can’t sleep on my left side, or (as I discovered Friday) do much yoga at all.

However, the Dafter is battling on, as always.  She has managed to get to school for almost all her timetable, albeit sometimes for less than an hour before she has to come home and rest.  I know that the road to recovery is full of ups and downs, and the trick is not to believe that a dip is the final word.

I haven’t had much time or energy for blogging, and I do miss it!  I have a lot of photos from the summer that I want to share, so I will just show you those as and when I can.

Thank you all so much for your friendship, prayers and concern.  I am looking after myself.  Michael and the Dafter (and Tilly) are looking after me as well.  Every day we have a laugh together.  All will be well.

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Responses

  1. You are all in my prayers, it is certainly not always easy looking after others so do take care of yourself. Beautiful gardens, however I couldn’t work out the topiary, not sure what it is supposed to be.

  2. All will be well. Praise be for laughter.x

  3. Take good care of yourself, Christine. It’s important to have rest, and some down time specially for you. I’m glad you were able to have this day out.

  4. Thanks for sharing the wonderful garden with us, Christine. I’m so glad you were able to visit it! The hurricane in the Pacific is bringing us a gentle steady rain here in Boring, Oregon, and we hope to get more rain this weekend 🙂 Maybe we will have ponds again soon. There is hope and laughter here, too, as my prayers for blessing for you and yours continue. Love and hugs

  5. Good that you had this day out and thanks for sharing the beautiful photos.
    Keeping you all in prayer ~ take care. ♥

  6. A lovely garden, and I’m glad you got to recharge in it for a bit. Take care.

  7. Such beautiful photos, looks so peaceful with the fountain. Look forward to see more photos from your Summer, a lovely contrast to all the dark and grey setting in in November. Blessings, take care, Pam in Norway

  8. Sending you hugs, this too shall pass. xx

  9. One day at a time Chrstine ….
    Love the beautiful pictures you have posted.

  10. Chère Christine, j’espère que vous allez vite remonter la pente bien que je sache que ce n’est pas toujours facile ! Merci pour ces images de ce si beau jardin. J’aime beaucoup le contraste entre les massifs de fleurs et les “allées” de pelouse si vertes et bien tondues. Bon courage à votre fille et à vous. J’espère que les jours qui viennent seront plus paisibles pour l’une comme pour l’autre ! Amitiés à vous deux.

  11. thanks for sharing your day out with us. glad you could have some peace and quiet in the midst of many things to be thinking about. wishing your whole family a time of rest and refreshment.

  12. Haven’t visited my old blog friends for a while. What a treat to be confronted with so much colour and freshness.

  13. What a beautiful looking garden. I’m glad you were able to have that time to yourself and to go to such a refreshing place. Good news about the Dafter, and I hope the shoulder continues to improve. Thinking of you all and hoping for rest and recuperation for you over the coming weeks.

  14. I feel your deep exhaustion but also your spirit and hope and I am sure they will be borne out. Thinking of you all. What a lovely garden find.

  15. I wonder if you’ve investigated respite facilities in your area? You are obviously worn down. Carers need respite, is there a hospice where your daughter can go for a week to give you a break? She would be looked after and you would have a much needed rest.

    If she said she didn’t want to go then she should read this blog post – she is adult enough to make a decision that would ensure that her carer is cared for too.

    Wishing you rest and peace.

  16. Things will change, Christine. As Carin said, one day at a time. You are certainly in my thoughts and thank you for the lovely pictures.

  17. Thank you so much, everyone, for your concern and encouragement.

    Mamasmercantile, I too am perplexed by some of the topiary there!

  18. Oh wow! another gorgeous garden I would love to see!!! Praying that you are able to find rest and refreshment. Will email soon.


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