The signs in this part of the garden were made ages ago and don’t quite reflect the space any more but it’s lovely and quiet and shady on a hot summer evening. Its still a real treat to find summer evenings that go on for days – memories of heading for the park after school or work pile one on the other and its just a shame that the lido’s for swimming have closed …(don’t swim in the lake its poisonous!)
As these few event posts (Aug & Sept) were made on the android smartphone, a tiny Robin came past my seat, then a squirrel had a leisurely nosey, a crow and a couple of smaller birds flew by and the wind picked up and rustled the trees. The very hungry caterpillar didn’t move at all and lots of butterflies and bees flew in and out of the plants and flowers: (some of them are herbs and if you brush-crush a small leaf you can tell which ones they are, for example lemon balm). Its not practical to take the leaf and you shouldn’t taste them just in case you are allergic or they aren’t edible of course. A large fat pigeon waddled by and lots of noisy birds flew overhead. A strange noise like a cat was apparently coming from a squirrel who was adamant there should be some food on offer … any idea whereabouts this is, in the park?
Theres a video of the said squirrel here (its sideways on because vids will rotate but Flickr wont upload them in the new format – if it isn’t showing here check the small sidebar flickr feed.
It’s a worry the poor small animal is thirsty in the heatwave, now the fishpond is empty and the stream that used to bubble up by the poplar trees (and school extra playing field) has been filled in! It’s quite a long trek for a squirrel to the lake as they are territorial – so is the Robin! (Thats the bird not Robin Hood or Batmans mate – the least said about that movie the better! We are on parkland land thats been here from before 1580 not 1880 or 1940ish!)
On evenings like these a few children book quotes come to mind especially with the Natural History Museum in the Hall and all the animals – Swiss Family Robinson is one of them – it was cool to think of the explorers who found all the exhibits and brought them back to the Hall stuck on some remote island … shades of Brazil and the rain forest?
“Next day we started back for Falcon’s Nest – leaving behind us a very generous supply of fodder for the animals at the farm which we had decided to call Waldegg or Woodcroft, We chose a track which led up a steep ridge a little to the right of Cape Disappointment” …on one hand we had a splendid view of the sea and of the cape. All around were fresh green meadows, limpid streams, and flowering trees, it was so beautiful that it took our breath away. … Arcadia …”
Any ideas what these other books might be as ideas of wandering home come to mind ?
(through the wardrobe)
(to hobbit land)
(to find the lone pine)
(to the lake and find swallow before peggy and her mate)
(head off home to see who the new dad library bod was)
(write a mole type diary entry)
The books were quite fun to read and not forgotten over the years do you know the authors? Someone send me a Harry Potter quote pse!)
There were other good things to while away some time in the park… or plan to sort out in the next couple of days …
Have a wander around the museum in the Hall
Make up novels or stories or even films about pirates, posh kids, street kids – take ideas from ones already written, filmed etc
Make music …practice !
Mend the bicycle …
keep going back to the pulley zip wire … (sadly the new one is quite small)
Bramcote – Beechdale baths …
check out the Aventure playground at Coventry Lane (age 4-14 ish)
and then years ago as we got to be “Adults” –
just off to the local (in our day 18 was the drinking age) …
and this was how we phoned our friends ..