Sunday, April 02, 2006

Rolling in the Grass

It's been a busy week. I look at my blog and wish I had more time to post. And if the weekends aren't already short enough, I had to go in to the office on Saturday, so to have it cut even shorter doesn't make me happy. It's been raining lately and breezy, but this morning the skies were clear and the air warm. I walked out the back door to see the Lillys blooming, and other plants are budding, soon to be abloom. The spectacular blue flowering shrub above is from a neighboring house. I wanted to take a walk up to Bellevue Park so husband and dog and I headed out this morning after breakfast for a 3-mile walk. Will wanted to check out the avocado tree around the corner to see if any other fruit had fallen from its limbs.

I love walking through the neighborhood, taking paths I haven't taken before, peering through fences to see what I can see. So when I saw the alley across the street I suggested we take it through to Bellevue on the other side. About half way down the pavement ended and nature took over. We were traipsing through dewey wet grass taller than Shadow.

We passed citrus trees, and more avocado trees, and banana trees with clusters of young green fruit, not yet ripe. Definitely have to come back and harvest some of those.
Arriving at Bellevue Park we entered and meandered through the picnic area and along the jogging path. It's a really nice park. And I like that they have a few BBQs set up, plenty of grassy knolls and burms for kids to roll down and get all itchy, and big mature trees just right for climbing. When I was a kid I spent a lot of time at the park down the street from our house on Louise Avenue in Lynwood. (Funny, that's about the only street name that I remember growing up. I don't think I can name one other street I've lived on). A neighborhood park like this one with grassy knolls and burms, and we loved to roll down 'em, getting itchy from the grass. One summer my brother and I entered a roller skating race at the park. My brother still had the clamp-on kind of skates that you tightened to the soles of your shoes with a skate key (like thses) and all the other kids had those fancy new shoe skates, and my brother still won the race, and he probably still has the medal.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sweetiepie - HAPPY BIRTHDAY - Will call later today to say hi. I had forgotten the roller skate story. Thanks for remembering for me.
Love
Mom

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