Sunday, August 30, 2020
Landscape With Yellow Wall
Olga and I discovered a new park yesterday -- or, more accurately, an "open space." It's a wide grassy path that runs between some houses near the Clitterhouse Playing Fields and an industrial area near Brent Cross. Called the Claremont Open Space, it is separated from all the industry by a bright yellow plywood wall. The path runs to adjacent Clarefield Park.
I wouldn't call it beautiful, but it was visually interesting. There were a few squirrels to keep the dog busy, and I found some abandoned shopping carts from Tesco, which I reported to them when I got home. (You know how obsessive I am about returning shopping carts.)
I threw Olga's Kong for her on the playing fields and we also walked through Basing Hill and Childs Hill parks.
The only reason we went up to that neck of the woods in the first place was related to work -- someone left a book from the Barnet borough libraries in our school book drop, and I tried to return it at the Childs Hill branch library. (That's the closest Barnet library to where we live, in the adjacent borough of Camden.) When I researched the library online, I couldn't quite tell if they had an external book drop (I knew they wouldn't be open), but on Google Street View I saw a white box next to the door that looked promising.
Oh well. What library doesn't have a book drop? Is that just an American thing?
I had to carry that stupid book for our whole walk. Maybe I should just mail it back to them. (Actually I might be able to return it to our local West Hampstead library. I bet they could get it back to Barnet.)
Olga and I also passed this peculiar house decorated with giant animal statues -- a polar bear guarding the door, a cow peeking out from the hedge. A regular menagerie!