Tag Archives: play

Summer break, in the countryside

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It’s so beautiful here right now – the sun is shining, the garden is buzzing and the children are off for several weeks….

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I’m going to take a break from writing find the details for a couple of weeks, to make the most of the summer; in the meantime if you’d like to discover this beautiful part of the world, then the best place to stay must be Hole Cottage:

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This Hansel & Gretel cottage is literally in a hole in the woods, and you can rent it through the Landmark Trust

Meanwhile, back at home, the only other female member of the household is due to have kittens any day now….

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Poor thing! I’ve been heavily pregnant in the heat – I feel for her…. 

Do keep in touch via Instagram – and let me know you come from find the details.

I’ll be back at the beginning of August; till then, enjoy the summer! Jx

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Park Life: searching for urban fun

Photographer Manuel Alvarez Diestro has travelled the world to capture images of urban playgrounds in different contexts.

The juxtaposition of the equipment within its environment is worth a look; and if you’ve ever arrived in a strange city with your children and thought ‘where’s the park?’, then these shots are for you…

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I love the scale of this shot of a playground in Hong Kong (above)

This ubiquitous Spanish playground equipment is erected on hundreds of beaches around Spain’s coast (Benidorm, below):

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Whilst in mountainous Reinosa in Cantabria, Spain, the snow creates a different environment for children to play (above).

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In New York, the lines of the playground imitate the drama of the Manhattan Bridge above….

And on a more prosaic note, the tower block; train line; wire fence and determinedly cheerful colours of the rocket all say to me: think of time spent in London as a child then a parent, getting some ‘fresh’ air…..

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Images courtesy of Designboom

See more of Manuel Alvarez Diestro’s work here