Parks

Madrid by Night

A walk through the centre of Madrid, Spain by night in November  Impressions: Mild evening, bars full of chatter, night wanderers, tourists, a couple of pickpockets thwarted, historical buildings lit up, chirruping road crossing lights, 6 lane boulevards thrumming with traffic, couples with arms around each other, children playing in the square Question: Where will …

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Madrid by Day

Madrid, Spain by day in November Impressions: Brilliant sunlight, blue, cloudy sky, beautiful architecture, rows of skinny, shin high bollards, Spanish flags waving from balconies. Pretty dogs, pretty people, Almodovar style fabulous high heeled, big hair, loudly made up women, cool young people, sophisticated older people, the odd disorientated drifter, tourists from many countries. Question:  …

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Three Mills

Three Mills on a week day afternoon in June. Impressions: Long grass, riverside, cranes and tall buildings.  Steps up a fallen log, golden gates, paths the shape of a round circle with waving arms, teenagers huddled and chatting.  Strong sunshine, hot breeze, wooden playground, floor trampoline, statues, butterflies, cobbled path. Question: Sometimes we can only see the steps, …

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Christchurch Gardens

Christchurch Gardens on a week day early morning in July. Impressions: Commuters in single file with concentrated faces.  Church, large coppiced tree with comic leaf sprouting, rose garden.  Drizzle, clanking of building works, cranes.  Memorial to a war bombed burning cross. Question: What circles can you see as you walk? Images: Find out more about Walk Coach Learn events …

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Grays Inn Square

Grays Inn Square on a week day afternoon in July. Impressions: Blue sky after the downpour, serene, regal.  Shiny, old windows, shiny, new cars, magnificent buildings.  Trees sprouting a cover of leaves to the ground, places to hide, manicured grounds, peaceful and empty. Question: What does the colour yellow evoke for you? Images: Find out more …

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Lee Valley

East London section of Lee Valley on a week day afternoon in July.  Impressions:  Cloudy and warm, sunless yet harshly bright.  Canal boats, early blackberries, bridges, pathways, railways, lots of lines, criss crossing and rising.  Colourful graffiti, lurid green sludge, algae, waterfowl, cranes, building clanking. Question: As I walk I wonder how the ducks survive …

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Commuting in London Fields

London Fields on a week day early evening in August Impressions: Park folk acting as if it is summer despite the chill and drizzle. Picnicking, playing, basketball, cricket, yelp of children in the playground, whir of bicycles.  So many bicycles.  Walkers and cyclists commuting through the park with focused intent.  Hipster heaven – beards, turn ups, …

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Yellow flowers in Weavers Fields

Grass in Weavers Fields

Weavers Fields on a week day lunchtime in August. Impressions: Lying in the grass, cut grass, cut grass smell, grass cut in stripes. Wide space, children playing, a man doing press-ups on the path.  All weathers at once – scorch of sun, chill, blue, white, grey sky.  Butterflies flitting and dancing. Question:  What do you notice …

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Challenge in Archbishops Park

Archbishops Park on a week day afternoon in July Impressions: Zip of the zip wire, arm waving silhouettes in the sky.  Colourful playground structures, tennis court, football pitch.  Wind waving branches, helicopter circling, train screeching, siren howling, teenagers laughing.  Mud on my shoes. Question: What challenge could you achieve today, however small? Images: Find out more …

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