A walk in the park

1 Nov

We just moved in to Cul-de-sac, and are starting to explore the neighborhood. Across the drive from our house is St. Stephen’s Manor, a stucco over brick ‘villa’ built in the 1860s. Eventually the land around the manor was sold off to be developed into detached single family homes. In the 1980s the house itself was converted into several flats. Now “St. Stephen’s Manor” is an address which includes several dozen 70s-era homes built in, of all things, a Scandinavian alpine style meant to stand up to cold winters. But enough history, let’s go for a walk!

As we walk out the driveway, we pass the old St Stephen’s Manor.

We walk along the quiet street out of the neighborhood

Turn left along the old brick wall, with its bit of romantic English ivy

Past the round red postbox, which the kids find fascinating

Past blackcurrants (I think)  in someone’s yard

Look for the green gate in between the houses

And walk down the path

Look behind you at the path  — the park is entirely encircled by houses.  The land now in the park was formerly part of an estate and was purchased for use as a park in the mid 19th century.

At the end of the path the walls open up and you are suddenly in the middle of a large green space

Including a duck pond

An outdoor education circle

Playing fields, and two playgrounds

What a relief to be able to walk, run and jump and make cheerful noise, meet the neighborhood dogs (all so well behaved!), and talk to the ducks. We are eager for our bikes and scooters to arrive so we can explore the park in another way.  Depending on the time of day we may have the park to ourselves, or find it filled to bursting with other children of all ages.

The path back home, from inside the smaller playground

Back up the road to the house, with a peek-a-boo view of the cul-de-sac that is the source of the house’s nickname

A detour down a secret community garden path

To another peaceful pond

Our house is still echoing and bare without any of our household goods, I’m cooking everything with one skillet and one casserole dish, school has started back up after a break, and the days are getting shorter — but nothing cheers me up like a walk to the park.


14 Responses to “A walk in the park”

  1. Jeanne November 1, 2011 at 3:09 pm #

    There is nothing quite as civilized as an English park!

  2. Andrea November 1, 2011 at 4:17 pm #

    One of our favorite parks, although I won’t allow my kids to get off the path when we walk by the duck pond. It’s probably only a foot deep but i’ve convinced myself and them that they’ll drown if they fall in. That is such a nice neighborhood. The secret path and pond are lovely! Do you need to borrow any kitchen things … I’m certainly not using them these days!

    • Monique November 1, 2011 at 7:07 pm #

      Aw, thanks! We’re doing ok but I’ve needed to get creative with cooking things one at a time (or one-pot) and managing the leftovers. You have a standing invitation to come by anytime, you know that right? We can all walk to the park and I can be the designated water rescue adult. 😉

  3. Nancy Jones Cyr November 1, 2011 at 5:19 pm #

    Oh, dear Monique…After a very busy morning at the Shell station, post office, insurance office and BJ’s….I was more than tensed….Needless to say, reading your Walk in the Park and looking at the pictures was so calming and peace inducing! Thank you so much…I am really enjoying your adventure!!!! Love to the Jones Family…Aunt Nancy

    • Monique November 1, 2011 at 7:08 pm #

      Wish I could reach through the computer with a big hug for you, Aunt Nancy! It’s good to know you are cheering for us out here. =)

  4. Ruth November 1, 2011 at 8:31 pm #

    I’m really enjoying reading about your English adventures and looking forward to your promised daily postings during Nablopomo!

    • Monique November 1, 2011 at 9:17 pm #

      Thanks, Ruth! I hope your household has fun with NaNoWriMo, as well! Did you list yourself in the NaBloPoMo blogroll?

      • Ruth November 2, 2011 at 7:57 pm #

        No, I haven’t. I guess I’m afraid of that much commitment! Maybe I will – I see we have until the 5th.

  5. Emma Lee-Potter November 4, 2011 at 3:46 pm #

    I’ve discovered your blog through NaBloPoMo and am really enjoying it. Lovely pictures too. I hope you’re settling in!

  6. Tesni December 1, 2011 at 1:46 pm #

    That’s a lovely park. There is something wonderful about parks! Also, I think the fruit were grapes as they look identical to the grape vine we have around our house. Really enjoying your blog, even if I’m reading it in reverse!

    • Monique December 1, 2011 at 10:48 pm #

      Hee, any order is good! Thanks for the tip on the fruit, they seem so small — do you eat your grapes or are they decorative?


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