Sunday, April 30, 2006

Crossing the park

It had been a very long week. So when I finished work on Friday evening I walked part of the way home, just to reconnect with the planet, to breathe deeply and to feel my body move and stretch. I needed real light, not the artifical variety, and movement.

I started by crossing the nearby park. The right decision - it was just what I needed and I lingered en route.

Deck chairs

Always a sign that summer is not far away - the park deckchairs.


A snack by the lake. The grey squirrels are exceptionally tame and will feed out of your hand if you stay quiet and still enough. This one was completely unfazed by my presence and by the clicks and whirrs of the camera.

Relaxation. Obviously a master of the art ....

Girls in the tree

This was magic. The group in the tree were singing softly as I walked by - and they were good. Another photograph here.


And the tulips by the exit gate - another shot here.

The weekend so far has been productive. Time on my own, time with friends. And it has provided a space for some needed reflection.


Blogger Patry Francis said...

What a beautiful photo essay--beginning with an invitation in the form of those two empty deck chairs and ending in a field of tulips.

5:58 pm  
Blogger Pam in Tucson said...

What a lovely walk home, through St. James's park in the lovely English springtime. Childhood and grad school memories for me in London - thanks for taking us on this walk with you.

6:55 pm  
Blogger Dave said...

Spring is here and you have given us all chance to reflect on light on lounging on laughter and on love. Spring the season of new growth and rebirth.
As I looked at your photos and read your words I walked away from my computer with a bounce in my step and yes a song in my heart.
Thank you.

7:16 pm  
Blogger Tamar said...

What a beautiful post. It felt as if I was right there. I would have loved to hear that group singing. It's sunny and cool - real fine in Philadelphia right now. Spring is here too!

7:47 pm  
Anonymous pohanginapete said...

A serene and reflective post, complemented beautifully by the photos. Thanks, Mary.

12:01 am  
Blogger rdl said...

Great pics! wish i was there!-looks peaceful and inviting.

3:03 am  
Blogger Jean said...

This is lovely, thank you! I'm so busy at the moment, and really need reminding of the importance of doing this. There's always quirky, sweet magic out there, both in the grass and trees and flowers themselves and in among them.

11:34 am  
Blogger Sonia said...

What a beautiful photos, Mary. Wonderful the St James's Park.The grey squirrels are adorable.
Magic place indeed!

Thank you so much for your visiting and nice comment. I agree with you, I also love reading blogs. To see more of the world and to have a glimpse of other bloggers' lives are really great!

2:51 pm  
Blogger zhoen said...

It's always a grace to hear spontaneous, good, public singing. I once walked behind three rough looking men in their 50s, as they broke into a credible rendition of Walk This Way.

4:29 pm  
Blogger MB said...

Thank you for lingering! OH! Singing in a tree!! Now, I just have to find the right tree...

8:09 pm  
Blogger Dale said...


8:54 pm  
Anonymous kate said...

ahhhhhhhh . . . spring gorgeous spring . . . thank you for the lovely pictures . . . ahhhhhhhhhh :)

9:24 pm  
Blogger Endment said...

Those chairs look so inviting!
Thanks for sharing a delightful walk in the park

10:06 pm  
Blogger leslee said...

Thanks for the sunny post! Glad you had a nice weekend. Love the tulips. I wish they put deck chairs out here. I've only seen them (in a public park) the one time I was in London.

1:46 am  
Blogger Sky said...

I loved this walk through the park. The group in the tree reminded me of how much I loved my mimosa when I was a kid and made me wish I could climb it again! I used to sit for hours in it.

Your photos were lovely, as is the park! Glad your weekend fed you just what you needed.

10:20 am  
Blogger Mary said...

Thank you all for your comments.. I'm glad you enjoyed St James's Park as much as I did.

9:33 pm  
Blogger LJ said...

Oh Mary. These are SO lovely. We are just shy of the blooming part of Spring here...I watch the buds get bigger by the day...not quite, not quite, but almost. And I'm longing for that shade of green.
The two deck chairs practically beg out loud to be occupied.
These are gorgeous!

9:38 pm  
Blogger Jessie said...

Aw, Mary, just when I'm missing my walk in the park, I get to go on a lovely virtual walk in your park instead! Thank you so much! Great photos!

I'm fortunate to have free internet access where I'm staying right now. The park here is neither as lovely nor as green as yours or mine, but I'm about to go for a walk there anyhow.

12:31 am  
Blogger Brenda said...

I've kept this post 'new' for a couple of days, coming back now & then to browse through St James, to hear the singing in the tree. Thank you...

1:42 am  
Blogger Mary said...

Brenda, LJ, Jessie: so glad you liked the photos. Jessie, hi hope you are enjoying Mexico :-)

6:59 am  
Blogger phlegmfatale said...

Beautiful photos, and I especially loved the people using the obliging tree as a concert hall. Lovely.

6:50 pm  
Blogger Pam in Tucson said...

I meant to comment on the singers in the tree. I remember waiting at a bus stop in Heidelberg, seeing and hearing through the open balcony doors of a flat across the street a string quartet quietly playing Beethoven. These are the serendipitous encounters in life that make the moment magical. May you continue to have such moments.

9:25 pm  

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