Yesterday, Paul took the day off so we could take Jake to the Princess Diana Memorial Playground in Kensington Gardens. He's a lovely Dad like that. It was hot and sunny (summer at last?!) and Jake was completely in his element. We just wish there were more places like it, especially closer to home.
You can only go into the playground with a child and it's full of wonderful things to keep kids busy, including a huge sandpit, little wooden play houses, a huge paddling pool designed like a little rock island surrounded by sand and complete with pirate ship and taps of water on different parts of the 'island', teepees, totem poles - one of which you can climb, carved wooden sheep and an owl, a sound garden full of quiet, leafy nooks and crannies dotted with unusual musical instruments, a huge wooden climbing frame with slides. The grassy areas were also dotted with wooden child-level tables and chairs. Everything is made of wood, metal or stone and is simply and beautifully designed. Even though it was packed, it still felt like there was enough space for everybody.