A (not so) little oasis

I’m currently trying to work out where I want to live in London.

It’s challenging to balance the important practical things, like affordability and ease of getting to work each day, with considerations like nice places to eat, a good local pub, a good supermarket and/or weekend market and a welcoming feel/vibe/Mabo.

Ideally I’ll be able to find somewhere close to a nice park. I’ve been spoiled for the past eight years living in Canberra, rightly described as the bush capital, and think that having some nature and serenity around will be good for the soul.

My friend, J, was pretty spot on when she said to me that London takes a lot of pride in its green spaces. Generally you can’t go too far without seeing a lovely park – Londoners can, and do, take refuge in these beautiful spaces. If it’s sunny you’ll see everyone out and about enjoying their local park with their friends, family and pets.

I was introduced to one such oasis a couple of weeks ago in Ipswich. Twice a week J and her little one do buggyfit (exercise incorporating a child in a pram/buggy) in Christchurch Park. While they were hardcoring it, I took the opportunity to go for a walk through the park and take it all in.

It’s a beautiful space, taking up 33 hectares in total. And it was the perfect time to explore… spring is slowly creeping out from where it’s been hiding during winter and is gracing us with its presence of new blooms, scurrying animals and more and more sunny days.

The winter dead tree guardians are still about, posing against breathtaking skies, and the contrasting daffodils sprouting up all around their bases is magical.

Winter dead tree guardian with its friendly spring daffodil friends.

Here are some of my other favourite captures from the morning:

Enter the park to see lovely flowers and wildlife all around.
Looking over the pond.
Looking over the pond.

 

Great idea! For 20p you get a hand full of duck feed - judging by the way the ducks sidled up to me when I approached, they knew the deal!
Great idea! For 20p you get a hand full of duck feed – judging by the way the ducks sidled up to me when I approached, they knew the deal!
Christchurch Mansion
Christchurch Mansion
Looking over to the Arts and Crafts Shelter, also known as the bandstand.
Looking over to the Arts and Crafts Shelter, also known as the bandstand.
Gorgeous cottage
Gorgeous cottage.
There are many memorials throughout the park, including these name places in the gardens.
There are many memorials throughout the park, including these name places in the gardens.
Most seats are dedicated to loved ones.
Most seats are dedicated to loved ones.
This memorial is a carving of a frog and a shovel at either end of a bench with playing cards engraved on it.
This memorial is a carving of a frog and a shovel at either end of a bench with playing cards engraved on it.
Birds, trees and reflections.
Birds, trees and reflections.
A whole carpet of daffodils!!!
A whole carpet of daffodils!!!
There's nothing quite like a magical wooden bridge that looks like it could be in a movie.
There’s nothing quite like a magical wooden bridge that looks like it could be in a movie.

Lastly, I didn’t get photos of them, but in addition to the sights above I was lucky enough to see three squirrels (they are still a very cute novelty for me!) and two rats (random, but not really that exciting!).

Fingers crossed that I find a local oasis like Christchurch Park wherever I end up moving in to London!

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