George V Memorial Walk

Taking the car in for its MOT isn’t all bad when it means I can take a walk along the George V Memorial walk along the Copperhouse pool in Hayle whilst waiting for the test to be completed. The variety of flowers along this walk never fails to surprise and please me. At this time of year – late May – the indigo-blue Portuguese squill,  (Scilla peruviana), was doing well along with the more usual Aquilegia, irises, peonies and Weigela . Cistus (Rock roses) in plain white with lovely bright yellow stamens, white with the distinctive maroon blotches and pink-purple were among the more interesting plants, along with a white and a pink osteospermum, grevillea, myrtle and an orange globe Buddleja (Buddleja globosa). Hawthorn hedges mingle with lilac trees and Paulownia tomentosa  (Foxglove tree). And making the most wonderful contrast all along the walk were the lime-green Euphorbia and the Magenta-pink Gladioli communis byzantinus better known in the south-west as Whistling Jacks.

Oh, and if you were wondering, the car passed. At 10 years old I was very pleased with that result too, though due to the weather down here apparently her brake discs are becoming corroded. 😦


  1. beetleypete says:

    Nice surroundings to wait in for work on the car, Jude. Unfortunately, my car place is on a depressing industrial estate outside Dereham. 🙂
    And it is still there, as unlike your 10 year old car, my 11 year old car failed the test. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete. x

    1. Heyjude says:

      😦 nothing too serious I hope!

      1. beetleypete says:

        All bad. Emissions, some valve thingy, full exhaust, and water leak. I was quoted £1700, the value of the car in fact, and it is stuck there, as it is now illegal to drive away an MOT failure. The main issue is that they can’t get the parts from Vauxhall, so it could be there for weeks! 😦 😦 x
        I could say ‘woe is me’, but I always seem to be doing that…

        1. Heyjude says:

          Oh, that does sound grim. Mine is in trouble too – wouldn’t start today. I have had this issue for a few weeks and usually it starts on the second or third attempt. She is usually such a reliable car too. 😦

  2. Sue says:

    Lovely set of images, Jude…what a great place to linger while the car is tested!

    1. Heyjude says:

      I was worried that it might rain as it was overcast to begin with, but the sun came through by the end. It takes me just over an hour to do the circular walk so perfect for the test,

      1. Sue says:


  3. Lovely collage of flowers, Jude.

    1. Heyjude says:

      It’s a lovely walk. Always something to see along there.

  4. Nice you had such a gorgeous place to walk while getting your car inspected (I assume that’s what MOT is!). I love the the lime-green Euphorbia. I’m glad your car passed. 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Spoke too soon! She did pass, but wouldn’t start today. Have had issues over the last few weeks so I was surprised she passed the test really. Now a visit to the garage… if I can get her there!

      1. Oh no! I’m so sorry. I hope she’s started up for you now so you can get her to the garage. 🙂

        1. Heyjude says:

          Monday! Cross fingers… and I have to take the OH to the station on Sunday, so that’s a bit of a worry.

        2. I hope you managed to get the car started and took your OH to the station!

        3. Heyjude says:

          We booked a taxi… just in case!

        4. Good, I’m sure you got there then! 🙂

  5. Ali says:

    Just gorgeous! So tropical looking. I am always surprised to see grevillea in the U.K.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Grevillea and Bottlebrush are so lovely. I am trying to work out if I can have one, though not much room in the garden. Maybe in a container.

  6. Pete Hillman says:

    Wonderful colours and place to be!

    1. Heyjude says:

      It’s a nice flat stroll and always something to see and sometimes some interesting birds on the pool.

  7. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Not a bad place to wait for an MOT, hope the car problem is fixed by now. I like those yellow buddleia’s Jude and what lovely tangy colours you found!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Taking the car in on Monday – hoping she will actually start!

  8. restlessjo says:

    The gardens are pretty dry over here. It’s been a long hot Summer already xx

    1. Heyjude says:

      Can’t say the same here! Although my pots will need watering soon.

  9. A lovely way to fill in time. Your collage reflects your surprise at the number of flowers along the walk. A pity that your car is feeling the effects of age and sea-proximity.

    I’ve enjoyed exploring Moruya during car service times too – places and views I haven’t seen in 40 odd years of shopping there.

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