Monday, April 21, 2014

Tall Timbers and a Tiny Tulip

We live right around the corner from a place called Tall Timbers. And when I say around the corner, I don't mean where you hop in your car and drive a few minutes down the road. I mean where you open your front door and walk a few steps.


I like to say that living here is like camping, only without any of the discomfort.  I'll give you a little tour so you can see what I mean. There are picnic tables.


A big fire pit.


An enclosure for large groups, or if you feel like picnicking in the rain. Which, I'm sorry to say, we do seem to get a lot of.


 There are pretty flowering plants.


And, as the name implies, some very tall trees.


I'm looking forward to when Lucy is old enough to venture into these woods with me. We can pack a picnic lunch, and maybe build a fire and toast marshmallows. And when she is a little bit older still, she can join in with the groups of little girls I see in those woods, using their imaginations and playing all sorts of games. Hopefully it will be a place where she can experience some of the freedom her dad and aunts and uncles had when they were young, growing up on acreages in the country. A place where it is safe to explore and be adventurous, without the hovering eyes of adults right there to watch your every move, sort of like a modern day version of an Arthur Ransome story.

For now Lucy's adventures are confined to crawling around, seeing what dreadful things she can find on the floor to pick up and put in her mouth. Jay was in Victoria visiting Lucy last week, so he was able to deliver this Tulip sweater to her, just in time for spring.


Reports are she really likes it, not because it has stripes or bright colours, but because the ties at the front are fun to play with. I hope she is always so easy to please!


22 comments:

  1. You live in a great place Kristie, and I can see Lucy in a few years time, on her first Swallows and Amazons adventure. Fortunately, outdoor clothing nowadays is perfectly suitable for a bit of rain. We say that there is no bad weather, just wrong clothing.The Tulip cardigan is adorable. I really need to find people with babies to knit for! I looked at your Ravelry page, you are such busy bee. Have a great week. xx

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  2. Oh, the torment of seeing pictures of beautiful spring flowers! Our snow is ALMOST gone (just a few bits and pieces in the shadiest spots) but we have a few weeks yet before our plants start actually growing, I think. What a gorgeous setting you have! Lucy's pretty cute, too, especially decked out in her new sweater!

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  3. What a marvellous place for the young (and not-so-young) to explore and have fun in. :-) Lucy is growing so fast and looks so sweet in that gorgeously colourful sweater.

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  4. The sweater is beautiful and Lucy is adorable. When she outgrows it you should frame it! Your little park is so handy and quite enchanting. Such tall trees! It must be very quiet there. I love the sound of wind blowing through pines. So peaceful.

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  5. Your neighbourhood looks amazing and that sweater is too cute! The forest must be such a nice place to go for a walk or run.

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  6. Wow, those are some serious picnic tables! What a lovely park and how nice to have it right outside your door.

    Lucky Lucy - that is a beautiful little sweater for a beautiful little girl.

    P.S. You have flowers already?!? :)

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  7. The sweater is really wonderful, I just love the colours.
    My husband likes working with wood and made our own gazebo here, I must show him your lovely photos, he may well be inspired.

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  8. What a wonderful place to have on your doorstep, so lucky. I am in love with that cardigan, the colours are amazing and Lucy looks absolutely beautiful in it, well done you

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  9. The park is so beautiful. I love how all the "furniture" is made with log segments. It could not be more rustic, but it's also very tidy and well-maintained. I can see why you like to go there and I am sure you will have lots of fun with Lucy there in a few years. The sweater is gorgeous, well done! I love the colors and the ties. Lucy is getting really big! What a sweet little girl she is. I love seeing new photos of her as she grows, thank you for sharing them.

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  10. The cardigan is really pretty and it suits Lucy perfectly.

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  11. The cardigan is really pretty and it suits Lucy perfectly.

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  12. A really lovely cardigan, Kristie! How lovely to live so near to big woods.

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  13. What a pretty place to have around the corner, love the look of the sweet little cardigan.

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  14. I can't believe how quickly Lucy is growing! Both she, and the cardi, are lovely. The colors you chose are stunning.

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  15. You have such a magic spot there and no doubt Lucy will have wonderful memories of exploring the woods around her Grandparent's home.... I love the detail between each colour change on the sweater, it's absolutely gorgeous, as is she! Mel x

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  16. such a gorgeous spot!
    beautiful cardigan for your sweet girl ♥

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  17. Lucy looks gorgeous in her tulip sweater. How wonderful to Tall Timbers Park on your doorstep. A great idea to have somewhere to picnic in the rain, we could do with some of those over here! Sarah x

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  18. I love Lucy's new sweater! Drawstrings are a big crowd pleaser with the under 2 crowd! Straight in the mouth!

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  19. Gorgeous child + sweet sweater ... love it. And here's to freedom to roam and play. Did you see this?
    http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2014/03/hey-parents-leave-those-kids-alone/358631/
    The play park described, The Land, is only about 10 miles from here.

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    1. We just had a CBC radio show on that was talking about this! They mentioned The Land along with a couple other places. I had no idea when I was listening that you lived so close. It sounds like a great idea. Thanks for the link!

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  20. In addition to the natural beauty, your neighborhood has the coolest tables and benches (including your backyard). It looks like a great places to live.

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