It's that time of year when I have to work extra hours to cover staff holidays - so I have managed to miss all of the great weather! I insisted on an evening stroll after work yesterday though, and I thought that Elsecar Park would be nice.
Over the summer, they have local brass bands organised for the bandstand on Sunday's. I will try and catch one of these.
I also insisted that the teenagers joined me - they still moan if I extend the walk from my original plan, which I always do! "How much further?" They often ask "Just around the next corner" I always reply!
In olden days, it was called "Elsecar by the sea" as locals used to paddle in the reservoir before they were able to get to the coast. They even built a couple of little beaches around it. Its very popular with Anglers now.
So, just around the corner we went. Passed the Bun and Milk club - which I think was so called because they used to hand out food to poorer families.
There are still quite a lot of very pretty miners cottages about. Elsecar colliery was owned by the Fitzwilliams of Wentworth and were reputed to be good employers. The cottages in Elsecar are much nicer than ones in other local ex mining villages.
I've photographed this Clematis before, but it is so spectacular. The folk who live in the house will be expecting me next year!
I hope you are managing to make the most of this lovely summer weather.