Sacrifice in Postman’s Park

Postman’s Park on a week day afternoon in February. Impressions: Hidden between buildings in central London.  Surprising, secluded, quiet.  Dull day.  Silent, stationary digger and orange fencing for the ‘improvement’ works.  Heroic self sacrifice tributes told in heartbreaking one line stories.  Stories that haunt.  A man feeding a squirrel, a woman on crutches.  Pile of gravestones, …

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Rain on Rushmere Green

Rushmere Pond and Green  on a week day afternoon in February. Impressions: Damp, rain spitting, loud birds, mud tracks, flat sky.  A man shouting menacingly at his dog.  Loud birds, a swirl of sea gulls, geese, serene water, rooves reflected in the water.  Wide stretches of grass, trimmed with an edging of parked cars, another layer …

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Paths in Cannizaro Park

Cannizaro Park on a week day afternoon in February. Impressions: Bone chillingly cold, wet, fat raindrops.  Secluded, calming, distant mist, curious, green fountain.  Decorative gardens, small pond, pink wall, red brick, lichen, ivy, moss, wooded.  Cross country running school girls with pony tails in crested sports kits, shepherded by yelling staff, voices echoing around the park. …

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Bushy Park and Protection

Bushy Park on a week day afternoon in February.  Impressions:  Face whipping wind and drizzle.  ‘Don’t feed the deer’ signs, deer droppings, trees boxed in to protect against hungry deer, but no deer to be seen.  Space, expanse, freedom, wide grass, trees.  Opaque sky, wispy, bumpy grass, winter tree branches making lacy silhouettes in the sky. …

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Bloomsbury Square Garden and Campaigning

Bloomsbury Square Garden on a week day morning in February.  Impressions:  Serious statue facing out of the park, his back to us.  High statue steps lurid green with algae.  Rubbish, lost leaves, soggy newspaper fallen in puddles.  Dancing red strip lights and chandeliers in an overlooking window.  Smart buildings.  Tourists with cameras.  Cold, humid, sunless day. …

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Victoria Park Boating Lake and Sailing Away

Victoria Park Boating Lake on a week day afternoon in February. Impressions: White sky, dark, wrinkled water, annoyingly cold.  Waterfowl fill the water like a crowd of tiny boats.  Waterfowl launching and landing, fighting and travelling, preening and feeding, grabbing twigs and plants to make a nest.  Water fountain, high vertical spout of water, creating a wall …

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