Saturday, July 1, 2017

Friday My Town: Around the House


Sometimes on a sunny day when I don't feel like going far from home, but still want to get outside for a bit, I may just go and sit in this little park for a while. The park is right in the middle of the housing estate where I live, and thus not far away from home for anyone living here. The 3-4 storey apartment blocks surrounding the park were built in the 1940s at a time when the new planning ideal was to be generous with space and air and lawns and playgrounds in between the buildings. (Rather the opposite idea to the current trend in town planning, which seems to be tall tower blocks as close to the city centre as possible!)




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Friday My Town: Around the House

 

8 comments:

  1. This is delightful! I would come here to sit often. So it is kind of the little park for your apartment complex. I love the open and airy idea so much better than the crowded towers!!

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  2. That's a lovely little park and it has its own delightful little sculpture and play area for children, too. That must be such a bonus for your families. Or even older folk who like to sit and appreciate their surroundings.

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    1. Pauline, the part of the park where the statue is, is actually also a playground for older folk, as there is also a boule (pétanque) ground. There is quite often a group of (older) people playing there. I think there is also a local boule club in town. (Never felt tempted to join as I both have a bad right arm and get dizzy bending down!)

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    1. I found some info on the statue of the boy and the turtle in a book about this part of town. It's a broze sculpture and it was made in 1945-1947 by Bror Chronander, a Swedish sculptor. Originally it was a fountain statue, in a shallow pond. The pond is no longer there though. Coincidentally, I note from a newspaper quote in that book that tomorrow it will be exactly 70 years since that statue was originally put in place in the park. (I haven't seen any signs of this anniversary being celebrated, though!)

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  4. you are blessed to be in the old part of town with outdoor spaces.. like you are in the country but in the center of town for convenience.

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  5. It's a shame you can't play boules (pétanque). It's a very enjoyable passtime. Bending down isn't necessary though. Many people who cannot stoop pick up their boules with a magnet attached to a string.

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