The gardens

Just lately I've been enjoying a few cycle rides.  Fortunately the weather is playing along and when I see the weather is fine and sunny I hop on my bike for a ride.  

Friday I spent some time in the Victorian rock garden, in Southsea.  
It was built in the 1920s and still survives today.  It's a beautiful tranquil spot just behind the promenade and there are lots of benches where one can sit and read and just enjoy the buzzing of the bees and the birdsong. 
 Unfortunately I am not much of a gardener so I don't know the names of these beautiful flowers.

Rose Garden

My cycle view on the way home.  
To the left just behind the green hill is Henry VIII's castle.  The Mary Rose, his ship, sank just off these shores in 1545.

Friday was also the anniversary memorial of the D-Days landings, and our small seaside town was full of proud war heroes who had come from afar to honour those who had fallen alongside them in Normandy.  I cycled by just as the press arrived, but it somehow didn't seem right to stop and take a photograph.  The one below is from The News.

Have a great week everyone!


  1. Wowwww..lovely Sharon !!!..enjoy your Ria...x !

  2. Wonderful photos Sharon, thanks for sharing them...Enjoy your Sunday

  3. Very nice garden pics!!!

    ♥ Franka

  4. Sharon the rose garden is gorgeous! Such a beautiful place for a bike ride. I loved visiting Henry 8th castle and also loved seeing the Mary Rose. We are having our Queen's birthday holiday today so am enjoying a long weekend!
    best wishes

  5. Don't you love spring time? Your photos are beautiful. I could just smell the flowers. Perfect day for a bike ride!

  6. Hi Sharon,
    Thank you for becoming my latest follower and introducing me to your lovely blog. As I started to go through your lovely pictures I started to recognize where they were taken. My daughter is at her second year at Portsmouth Uni and these gardens are just around the corner from her. Seeing the veterans must have been quite a sight.
    Sarah x


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