Parks Purposes: Thursday’s Special

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1958.15 Col Ir on swings

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Through the generations children have played in parks

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Walked dogs

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and enjoyed the shrubbery.

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Parks are places to picnic

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exercise or relax and enjoy the view.

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There are deer parks

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and caravan parks

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Parks by the beach

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and parks by the river.

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One of my favourite city parks has a pool in the middle. Most of all parks are for people to enjoy green space out in the open air. A place one can refresh and re-energise.

 

In response to Paula’s Thursday’s Special

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. Commenced a masters by research in 2014.
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12 Responses to Parks Purposes: Thursday’s Special

  1. You got me here, Irene. I need to get outside more often and enjoy parks and nature. Love your photo essay, especially the one of the rubber basket rocking a pair of feet, the one of you and your brother when you were tykes, and the gigantic tree where the Mimi now live since you scared them out of their moss-covered rock homes.

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  2. Heyjude says:

    I was very impressed by the number of people using a public park to exercise when I visited Sydney 18 months ago, even full on yoga classes! And the apparatus along trails 🙂 Not that I was tempted. Simply walking in that heat was enough for me!

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    • Jude I agree. Our parks have gone from specific purpose such as park for children, park to enjoy the shrubbery to multipurpose and the increase in the use of these spaces has magnified as a result. I thought we were copying the European model but perhaps I was wrong. I do love though how everyone uses them and I usually will have a go on the exercise equipment when I come across it. Many people here hold classes along the river such as tai chi and yoga. They also have entertainment and events such as the carols by candlelight. This weekend is food and wine festival and the tents have popped up everywhere. No doubt the police breath testing will also. Sorry Sydney was too hot for you. I think this time of year is the best to visit.

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  3. What a collection of parks, and a nice slant to look at purposes.

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  4. Paula says:

    You are absolutely right, Irene. The difference in light is so evident. Some of these photos look like old scans. Are they? I love them all, and I need your help to choose the favourite here, please.

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  6. Paula says:

    The second then 🙂 I like it too and I am very drawn to the penultimate photo too.

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