Posts Tagged ‘urban jungle’

The park at the end of our street is a wonderful space for kids. There are broad paved paths perfect for learning to ride bikes, a smaller play structure for climbing and sliding, lots of little hills to roll down and tables and seating to encourage congregation of families and neighbours.

About the only thing missing from this great little gem, IMO, are some kid-friendly plants with flowers to be enjoyed or picked that are hardy enough to withstand the heat from the asphalt and the love from the children. What the park accomplishes in fun and function, it sorely lacks in visual appeal. A few half-hearted efforts in years past have left a couple patches of mangy forsythia bushes, some enthusiastic daylilies, a couple random tulips, and violets that have self-seeded sporadically around the park.

Fortunately, I’ve a surfeit of Spring-flowering plants needing new homes.

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I’ve finally stopped joking about it and started freely admitting that, yes, I am an “urban hippy” in most ways. My acceptance of Hippydom came, I believe, last summer when using the sledgehammer to smash up donated, “found”, and recycled concrete patio stones to make a rather organic-looking seating area in my back garden. (I will be creating something similar in the side yard this year, for those who are curious.)

DH, being home, unemployed, and generally driving me nutty now, has fully embraced his own inner hippy and has been busy as a beaver setting up a website where we can play online. My blog isn’t going anywhere, but I will have a few things that are cross-posted to the new site (product reviews, etc).  Pretty much everything I’d post to the recipe site will be also found on urbanhippy.ca.

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Random point form:

  • I love my workplace. It’s the natural parenting equivalent of a candy store. My boss is great, my co-workers are great and the customers are great. Working again — even in this limited manner — is just fantastic.
  • I’ve been off the Prednisone for less than 48hrs and my toe is already starting to become inflammed again. I see my rheumatologist this afternoon so that she can say “yes, it’s your arthritis” and “I would like you to take xyz drug every day to prevent this happening again” — to which I will respond “no thanks” and leave things essentially where they were about 10 years ago.   (more…)

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Two days ago, on the walk home from school, #2 found and befriended a little striped snail. He was very worried it might get hurt on the sidewalk and insisted we build it a house in the garden. Building one house was so much fun that we quickly moved on and built another, just in case our snail (named ‘Lyon’) had friends come to stay.

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