A trip to the park.

Don’t you love the park? They are a British guarantee. Wherever you go in the country, you will find a rusty old playground. It will always have:

  • A damp slide.
  • Swings (usually occupied by some youths drinking cheap cider).
  • Rusty climbing apparatus of some sort.
  • A thing with a spring on it that gives you a nosebleed.
  • Badly done paintings on the floor.

If you’re lucky, it could have:

  • A roundabout.
  • A see-saw.
  • Monkey bars (that make you feel like someone just tried to pull your arms out of their sockets.)
  • A thing that no one knows what it is, but is really fun.

I took Logan to the park today. We didn’t go to the one we usually go to, this was one next to his nursery; and it was a bit more down-market.

The first thing I did was jump on the see-saw. It turned out not to be the wisest descision I’ve ever made:

Rhodri Brady's rip in the trousers

I pushed him on the swing, which he calls the slide. It’s his favourite.

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I do this game where I just stand there and let him bump into me. He loves that. Another that I do is one that I learned as a younger teen. I basically just have to run passed the swing without getting hit. It’s funny.

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Another thing typical of British playground is the council funded educational schemes that they often try to run. I found a great one in this park which was obviously left over from some point in the eighties. There was information about all sorts of British explorers dotted around the place.

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Good News: they had a roundabout. Bad News: It had been out of action since 1994.

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3 thoughts on “A trip to the park.

  1. I loooove the park. *Ahem* Loved, I mean loved. They’ve started getting rid of the classic playgrounds around here, now we have these new things that aren’t any fun whatsoever, at one park instead of a playground they had just one climbing net thing, what use is that!

    I have a park down the road from me, it used to be empty, I was delighted when I heard they were putting play equipment there. When they did it was rubbish and the chavs decided to claim it as theirs. Chav-gang wars ensued. Now it stands empty.

    Anyway, looks like you had lots of fun! :)

  2. Pingback: Playgrounds from the 70’s « The Blewog Blog

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