Maggie's Park

Since we went back to the apartment and have become cliff dwellers (never thought I’d be one of those) I wondered if I was going to be okay with that. You know, I like my space and especially that outside, peripheral kind of space – nature, squirrels, birds, trees, grass – all the good stuff. Initially, it didn’t seem too hopeful – at least not as far as I could see. While the surrounding area and the area in general is pretty and there are lots of trees everywhere, it still struck me as pretty urban. Looking out the livingroom window gives me a nice treeline view but that was about it.

Having a dog in an apartment means that you do a lot of walking. Happily, the man really loves the little runt so he started taking her out in the mornings so I could either sleep in a little or just wake up a little more slowly, stumble into my clothes and sip coffee. Soon, I began to notice that these little excursions took longer and longer. References to the ‘park’ across the street were plenty and I was a bit curious. Whenever I looked across the street, all I really saw was a stand of trees and I guess I figured that was all it was. But Maggie’s utter exhileration when she returned home from one of her park jaunts was intriguing to me, so I resolved that I would take her to the park myself to check it out.

So, off we went… the tunnel of trees you see in the above picture is a sort of ingress into the park. I was impressed. I’m not sure the picture really expresses the sort of magical sense you get as you walk under it, through it. They are set up on an embankment, steeply sloped on either side. Being a dog, Maggie can manuever the incline without a thought, me, not so much. So, gingerly I tippy-toed down the embankment to the left and we came into a park a really lovely park that was so much more than I ever thought would be there. In fact, it is almost like being in another world.

Perhaps it is reminicient of parks of my childhood years, with wide expanses of lawn, picnic tables, countless trees, gazebo’s and walking paths. A sort of nature expanse in the middle of urban living seems to sound right.

Maggie was very anxious to show me around and since the man lets her run free without the incumberance of a leash, she was less than patient with me as I kept her tethered and admonished her for dragging me through the place, tripping and stumbling half the time. Maggie had some serious sniffing to do and I was clearly impeding her progress.

She knew all the right pee spots and which way to drag me at any given moment. Should anyone have the nerve to come and disturb our peace (it’s such a big park that you really do feel that you have it all to yourself and feel a little startled when you discover someone else is actually there) she would bark her most ferocious bark, signaling they should back off from her turf.

After that first trip to the park and since then Maggie’s park has become my park too. I look forward to taking her there – to just be in the nature space, to feel like maybe it’s just a really big front yard for our little apartment that we occasionally let others use. Whenever we take Maggie out, she always tries to drag us that way – it certainly has become hers in her eyes. And really who could blame her?

UPDATE: So a couple of you have mentioned snow and ironically enough we got some this morning and I took a few snaps – here’s one:

How’s that? ๐Ÿ˜‰


17 thoughts on “Maggie's Park

  1. Hi Annie,

    Cool! On the other hand, perhaps it is another world. You should try entering from another spot as a test.

    Oh, and the offer to write for our cooking blog is still open, since I doubt the “too many cooks” rule applies to blogs.

    the Grit

    Hey Grit,
    I think you may be right. It certainly feels like another world to me. As to the cooking blog – don’t give up on me, I want to do that – just trying to get things more in place if you know what I mean? And it just refuses to go quickly. Go figure.
    Annie ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. What a beautiful park! So many big trees. Imagine how much it will change with the seasons and the endless hours of pleasure it will provide.

    Hey 30,
    Yes, I really am looking forward to the seasonal changes in this park. I think Spring and Fall will be spectacular. Many photo ops to be had I’m sure. ๐Ÿ˜‰


  3. A peaceful, serene little spot. I think the first picture says it all….I’m thrilled you are discovering that urban or rural living has a charm of its own. As long as you aren’t too isolated and theres no SNOW in that picture, it looks wonderful to me!

    It really is peaceful and the snow is now melting. Hopefully it will continue on that trend. Fingers crossed. ๐Ÿ™‚


  4. That is beautiful. Um, where’s the snow? Why is there no snow? We have snow! Why do you get to not have snow????!!!!!

    Okay, there was snow and I added a pic, in case you missed it. But since you are way more north than I am, it doesn’t necessarily follow that there would be snow, does it? ๐Ÿ™„


  5. NASTY, nasty stuff! Just hope you don’t get the 3+feet we currently have outside. Its $hitty to get around on, its $hitty to walk on, it plays hell with the poor dog’s life, it tears up the house. It just inhibits life.

    As you can see, I’m not a Northerner – I am definitely displaced!

    I think technically it was 3 inches but then you have the drifts and all like that, so in places it was over a foot. Definitely in the park it was higher than three inches. Not having had to drive in it, I guess it didn’t bother me too much. In fact, it was a little magical walking out there, there is a certain quiet that accompanies snow falling, especially when you are among old trees. I was digging on it. Call me crazy.

    On the other hand, a steady diet of it would probably depress me. I’m so finicky. ๐Ÿ˜‰


  6. What a wonderful little slice of heaven there in that park! And how conveniently located for you and Maggie! That really is an interesting little bit of landscape the way that particular embankment is so long and slopes on either side that way. Makes a great photo, that’s for sure! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m glad you are finding such interesting and affordable (FREE!) amenities near your new home, Annie. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Hey Teens,
    Apparently this is a historical area and it is said that soldiers fought on these grounds during the Civil War. There are cannons and everything. That particular embankment was the staging grounds for Union soldiers to stand watch. Cool, eh? ๐Ÿ™‚


  7. oh what a great find!! And sounds like it was just what you needed. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Lucky you to have such a great park close by

    Hey B,
    Yes, it was what I needed. In fact, there is this fallen tree in there that I have taken many pics of and I think I’ve come to think of it as my tree, you know? Silly I suppose but every day I feel the urge to go visit my tree and take its picture. ๐Ÿ˜‰


  8. Hi Annie,

    How lovely, I sense the magic under the tree bridge and wonder what it will be like all green. What a great tranquil find – perfect for you the man and Maggie.

    I smiled so reading this post.
    Thanks Annieo

    Ps. What great fluffy snow,love the pictures.

    Hi Di!
    Oh honey, you would love this place. It is definitely magical and I’m sure inhabited with faeries. ๐Ÿ™‚


  9. Cool! I love it when you find treasure under your nose! Or in this case, under Maggie’s nose.


    It really is a treasure – many photo ops. In fact, I got some incredible shots that I love so much I don’t want to post here. I’m wondering if I should enter a junior amateur photo contest. ๐Ÿ˜†


  10. Sounds like you have found a wonderful place in your own, er … front yard as it is. Thanks for sharing your adventures of Maggie reading her pee mail.

    Pee mail?! Now that’s hysterical. ๐Ÿ˜†


  11. And don’t you love how the snow got all crunchy day two? Bleh….I like it for about an hour, and then I’m all “yeah, yeah, finish up already”.

    Oh yeah, day two was a killer. More about that in an upcoming post. I am definitely ready for spring – sun, flowers, birds – yup, bring it on. ๐Ÿ˜‰


  12. Maggie’s park is pretty! Love the snow!! I’m ready for spring, but, I wouldn’t mind one nice snowfall first ๐Ÿ™‚

    Hey Cas,
    Well Maggie sure likes it and truth be told, so do I. As to one nice snowfall, we had one, then it turned to ice – I’m ready for Spring now. ๐Ÿ˜‰


  13. Hi Annieo,

    Sending you big love and for some reason today I feel you may sense the fairy way.

    Keep you eyes and your heart open.
    Big love

    Ps. My Maggie is driving me crazy,I dare not let her off her lead anymore,3 times now its taken me two hours to get her back on her lead.

    Poor Maggie has no chance now with me. Di’s watching the dog whisperer on the telly and is picking up some of the dog shrink ways.

    Please show a picture of the fairy tunnel in the summertime when its all green.

    PPPS. I’m writin this commen on my new lap top you,ve got no idea how many mistakes I’ve had to put right.


    Hey Di!
    Good that you have your Maggie under control now. They will take all the rope you can give them so keeping them on a short leash so to speak is a good idea. The other day my Maggie charged an English Sheepdog – she is crazy fearless. The funny thing was that she seemed to have scared the sheepdog which was about ten times her size.

    Yes, I will take a pic of the tree tunnel in spring, absolutely.

    I’m not big on laptops either, so I hear you on that.



  14. I love the photos. It seems like a place with a touch of special magic to it… you know, with secret little nooks and crannies, and strange, untold stories happening around every tree trunk. I really really wish I could go somewhere like that!

    Tony Singleยดs last blog post..Rain… [Trottersville #108]

    The park is actually an old fort from Civil War days, and is steeped in history and likely inhabited with a few ghosts who never crossed to the other side – I guess. There is a real sense of peace in the space and I find whenever I go there some of that peace is passed along to me. Quite the bonus to have right across the street methinks. ๐Ÿ™‚


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