Friday, 27 April 2012


Promenade Gardens, Douglas, Isle of Man

I do like municipal flower planting,  the vivid bocks or contrasting colour, and this view of Douglas promenade shows a profusion.  The card was produced by Lillywhite Ltd of Brighouse in Yorkshire, it is unsent but I would guess from the scene, cars and printing it is some time in the late 1950s.

Douglas is the capital of the Isle of Man and home to their parliament, Tynwald which claims its decent from Viking times.  The Victorian hotels on the seafront look out across Douglas Bay.  This view is of the sunken gardens on Loch Promenade where, as can be seen, one can sit in the sunshine sheltered from the sea breezes amongst the flowers.  

Despite living just across the Irish Sea from the Isle of Man I have never visited but on exceptionally clear days the outline of the Isle and the little island at the end, the Calf of Man can be seen from my part of the north west coast of England.  We share the same sea 'breezes' and shipping weather forecast.

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