Last weekend me and Dan decided to explore Lewisham, the area of London that we live in. He used to live a bit further south so the previous weekend we’d walked that way and found a cute park, this weekend we decided to go north where neither of us had been before.
After a quick pit-stop in Tesco to fuel up on drinks and snacks we started our walk up a pretty steep hill. We met an adorable, if grumpy looking, cat along the way…
What’s This? A Park?
At the top of the hill we found a grassy patch and stone wall where I was immediately drawn to the adorable graffiti of a deer. Dan saw it too and just knew I’d want to take a photo.
After stopping for photos we headed over towards a bench for a picnic and to watch some dogs playing. Dan decided to consult a map and realised that this big grassy area we’d found was actually the far, far, far end of Greenwich Park. We had no idea we lived so close! It was literally a 15 minute walk from our flat!
So we decided to venture further in the park. Dan had been before and said he knew I’d love it, while I was keen to see the observatory!
Walking a little further we saw the air fill with kites and I immediately wished I had one too because I am still a 7 year old girl at heart. One guy in particular had this huge kite, that I’m pretty sure would have been able to carry me off, and was being pulled around by it in a little cart.
A Secret Garden
After watching Kite-Man for a while we turned our attention to the Georgian Mansion behind him. Walking closer we found that it’s actually the Ranger’s House and currently home to the Wernher art collection. We did want to go inside but it was late on a Sunday afternoon so decided to do it another time.
Edging round the side of the house we found a stone wall with a small arch cut out and I immediately said it reminded me of The Secret Garden! On the otherside was a huge rose garden with each flower bed home to a different type of rose.
Being mid-September the roses were starting to fade but there were still a few absolute beauties to be found.
Leaving the garden we found ourselves in the heart of Greenwich park. To one side of us was a cricket match, to the other was a wild grove of tree with children, small dogs, and squirrels running around; it all felt very British. The sun decided come out too and it felt like the perfect day.