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Red thread on a branch in St James Park

Don’t Touch in St James Park

St James Park on a week day afternoon in March. Impressions: White sky thick with cloud.  Sweet, ice-creamy smell of blossom.  Heaving with tourists dawdling and suits marching through.  A festival of waterfowl and birds, majestic pelicans, swans.  Squawking, hissing, clucking, sirens, variety of languages.  Weeping willows, bursting buds, low loopy fencing, so many flowers.  A …

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Battersea Park and a Long Lost Friend

Battersea Park on a week day afternoon in October. Impressions: Groomed fancy leadless dogs.  Many busy squirrels.  Parakeets.  Sub tropical plants.  Mediterranean plants.  Hidden sculptures.  Decorative fountains.  Quiet.  Restorative.  Surprising.  Wide walkways.  Wide water.  Reflections.  Bright algae.  Ducks.  Geese.  Heron.  Windy pathways.  Deep with trees. Question:  Walking, talking and laughing with a friend I haven’t …

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