W is for Wanstead Park

I love spending time in Wanstead Park, close to where we live. Originally this was a well-to-do country estate visited in its heyday by Queen Elizabeth I, but as its fortunes deteriorated (apparently gambled away by a dissolute drunk) the big house was deconstructed brick by brick and auctioned off, and the parklands too were sold off.

The footprint of the house is now buried deep under a golf course, and the only building remaining is known as the temple, which was once the little summer house. The park today consists of the remaining original ornamental ponds (although far less formally kept these days), a couple of small wooded areas, and rough grassland.

My theme for this year’s April A-Z Challenge is ‘My London A-Z’. I’ve found living in London to be very different from just visiting; in general I live a very ordinary life far removed from the craziness of the city itself, so I thought it might be fun to share my everyday experience with you all in images and words…

N is for Nature

Being more of a country girl than a city woman (even though I’ve lived in London for the past fifteen years), I tend to gravitate towards spending time close to nature wherever and whenever I can find it. In a 24-hour, 365-day-a-year city, the natural environment (however artificially landscaped it may be) with its quarterly seasonal changes helps keep me grounded and sane. I love visiting this little bluebell woods in Wanstead Park; it’s been a perfect spring-time treasure to me over the years…

My theme for this year’s April A-Z Challenge is ‘My London A-Z’. I’ve found living in London to be very different from just visiting; in general I live a very ordinary life far removed from the craziness of the city itself, so I thought it might be fun to share my everyday experience with you all in images and words…