Just another day in urban paradise. Walking along the river Lee to Springfield Park, my beautiful wee assistants and I happened upon the Robin Hood Community Garden.
A merry band of gardeners beckoned us in. An orchard and raised beds have emerged from this patch of brambles and fireweed, so thick last year that a brick pit and bench were entirely concealed. Wildflower meadows, willow pergolas and an extraordinarily large herb spiral are laid out with string and bricks.
My girls pull on bright blue children’s gloves and water tender shoots with a yellow duck watering can. Two, perhaps three hours pass before we head back up the hill in search of icecreams.
An amazing afternoon, lovely people, and a reminder that a slower pace always brings new discoveries, even in familiar places. As Lao Tzu wrote: “A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.”