Nature in North London

24 Nov

Today was a beautiful clear, sunny day in North London. If you ignored the temperature and the bare trees and only focused on the bright blue sky it made summer feel a little less far away…

We had a lovely morning in Finsbury Park. We went along to Jeremy’s singing session in the cafe. This is a massive hit with my 20 month old son, who loves the mix of songs, stretches, bubbles and dancing. It’s also a big hit with me, since Jeremy plays some rock classics alongside the usual children’s tunes (today it was Blondie’s Heart of Glass and the Stones’ Satisfaction). Always good to be reminded that little people can groove along to classic hits as well as things like Sleeping Bunnies!

We walked home via the Parkland Walk. This is such a wonderful place for a nature walk and is a safe, car-free space for my son to run about. I feel so lucky that it’s right on our door step. We use it to walk or cycle into Crouch End or Queen’s Wood in Highgate. At various times of the year it’s full of blackberries, nettles, elderflowers and crab apples so is a great place to forage. Although you wouldn’t recognise it as a place of bounty at the moment, as it’s looking a little subdued:

But there’s still a little Autumn colour around, as these oak leaves show:

There were also some signs about how mild Autumn has been so far, like these blackberry blossoms:


4 Responses to “Nature in North London”

  1. MmeLindor November 25, 2011 at 8:58 pm #

    Lovely pics. I love that there are pockets of nature in the sprawling metropole that is London.

    • lowimpactmama November 26, 2011 at 8:15 am #

      London has some great pockets of greenery. Which I didn’t really expect when I moved here first!

  2. North London Mums November 29, 2011 at 10:11 am #

    Love this post! I also really enjoy finding London’s hidden greenery. We did the Dollis Valley Walk recently, which was really lovely too. Really glad I found your site.

    • lowimpactmama November 29, 2011 at 3:29 pm #

      Dollis Valley sounds like a gorgeous walk!

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