Park life

One of the assets which London as a city should be proud of, is its parks and the abundance of them. Sprawling parks which are dotted all around the city, are oaseses for the many who need to escape from the daily grind of city life and to regain their equilibrium.

East London in which we reside, has a number of parks and gardens and the largest of all is Victoria Park…

Regent’s Canal, which connects Little Venice and Limehouse, borders the west side of the park…

As the name suggests, the canal was constructed during the Regency era (1811 – 1937). The waterway’s initial purpose was for transporting coal and building materials from the River Thames to central north London in where Prince Regent (later George IV) was undertaking remodelling of the area in a grand scale. However, using canals as a method of ferrying goods was made obsolete by the development of railway which became a mania during 1836 – 1846. The craze was as such that some even suggested to convert the existing canal as a new railway route.

Today’s canal is a quieter existence…

There are no longer toiling men or ponies who pulled and pushed the barges but they are replaced by quietly floating house boats.

The Dogs of Alcibiades guarding the main entrance of the park at Sewardstone Road…

The Dog of Alcibiades (also known as The Jennings Dog) is an ancient Roman sculpture of a dog with a docked tail. No one is certain but there is a local myth that the statue was made in honour of a dog which saved a drowning child from Regent Canal…

Our Bella wouldn’t be saving anyone from the water, fracture or no fracture…

We knew it because we tried to see if she could doggy paddle the other day by dipping her in a bathtub. We expected her to paddle even as a gesture but instead she sank like a brick! She was pulled out of the water immediately and we were concerned if the experience had traumatised her. However, we didn’t need to worry because she was still crazy about playing with a shower nozzle. Sadly, Bella will have to wait skinny-dipping for another few week so the scar after the surgery will heal properly.

Like St Jame’s Park, there are many waterfowl which call Victoria Park as their abode…

Some people were obviously being illiterate as we witnessed a women and her child feeding swans and a couple dog owners allowing their dogs swimming in the pond despite both actions were prohibited and signposted as such…

Feasting our eyes on gorgeous autumn trees…

It is a great shame that Bella can’t run around the park until the end of December…

Can hardly wait to see her galloping like a manic!

Kaori by Kaori Okumura

3 thoughts on “Park life

      • I do too! Today it seems like the weather has definitely turned though here in Manchester.. it’s been ‘chucking it down’ most of the day! Brrrr… I hope it’s been better where you are!! x

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