Pocket Number-23: Jenny’s front garden + Southampton Common and Southampton Old Cemetery

66280048_364902270896009_3731665155260416_nI emailed Jenny about what I was doing and we arranged a time and day to meet.

A tree had fallen onto the tracks again, delaying my train but Jenny waited for me to arrive and picked me up at the station and we went to admire her front garden.

66296980_2332394363541761_6133676373471920128_nThe spring flowers Liz saw were all gone but St John’s Wort, roses and bellflowers bloomed instead. Jenny had rooted out weeds and trimmed the hedge and everything looked splendid. She said her garden was professionally landscaped to provide year round interest with easy care 66226396_325549768389073_7035296438191915008_nplants.

In Jenny’s back garden is a patio, lawn, rockery, and a pond


There are two newts hiding in this photo along with a pond skater.

which accommodates newts – I haven’t seen newts since I was a child.

Jenny keeps busy in retirement: gardening, painting, travelling and training for triathlons. Her husband sings with the Southampton Philharmonic Choir and was out rehearsing Verdi’s requiem for a 66481028_2468364780051084_3184167115485609984_nperformance at Winchester Cathedral later that evening.67049378_2390686261175620_2495430540765691904_n

Here are some photographs of paintings 65707781_604321619971448_4460499729339383808_nJenny’s painted of a trip to Iceland. She incorporates meshes and fabric into her paintings’ skies to give them depth and texture.

After admiring the front garden Jenny took me to see Southampton Old Cemetery and the adjoining 66096458_371520426887623_8742719493685379072_ncommon and urban wildlife centre. The route was very scenic. chapels and yew trees dotted 66263385_2363442547068544_3265356248081498112_nthe cemetery grounds, wildflowers bloomed between the gravestones, and we visited hidden areas 66431362_2379792338710473_5509314692729798656_nsuch as as a Jewish burial ground behind a Jewish chapel.

There are plenty of stories to uncover in the cemetery  and Jenny recommends booking a guided tour with Friends of Southampton Old Cemetery, a  group of enthusiasts who care for the plots and headstones and are  knowledgeable about the 66273845_2362650403780919_5175763280504815616_ncemetery grounds and the people buried there.

66717200_567926627073038_3598040334610726912_nJenny said she used to take her children to play in the common and regularly walked the dog there. These days she uses the paths for interval training for triathlons.

By the time I get around to publishing this, Jenny hopes to have done a triathlon in Romania. It will proceed beneath blazing midsummer continental heat and so she hoped it would be organised similar to one she did in South France where she could get splashed down with water every few miles to cool off.

…Also, the race results from the Lakesman Half are in! Liz did it. She’s a Lakesman. Jenny showed me a video of Liz smiling from ear to ear and soaking up applause as she ran across the finish line.

66180345_482492115834722_4009904041617260544_nJenny gave to the assemblage brochures of Southampton Common and Southampton Old Cemetery and wrote (with a golden pen) for me to go talk to Izzy and Adam about growing up in Southampton and sport.

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