When I saw her dress, I asked, "Are you a fairy today, or a princess?"
A favourite playground (in fact I'd go so far as to say THE favourite playground) for children in Dunedin is the Marlow Park Playground.
Well, that is its official name anyway - there's even a brass plaque to say so. Named after a Mr Marlow.
However to the kids of Dunedin, it is better known as the Dinosaur Park because of its large dinosaur-shaped slide (you can see it as a distant, pale-green shape in the background of the top photo).
Because of an Ark-shaped restaurant that used to be here in the '80's, '90's and into the first decade of the 2000's, our sons tended to call it Noah's Ark Park - which had a nice poetic ring to it.
The cafe has since gone and hasn't been replaced. There is definitely potential there for an entrepreneur to do something - even to be able to buy a take-away coffee and an ice-cream at the playground would be wonderful. Maybe someone will do something there once the recession stops biting ...
... the playground's calico cat. (Naturally, the cat is not as old as the Park, but it is a regular enough visitor these days to have featured on the newly-painted wall).
The Princess is on top of the mountain.
"He's got sharp teeth," the Princess said.
"No, this whale hasn't got teeth," I said, "only smooth, pink gums".
I have visited this playground with children since 1972.
The famous dinosaur slide. Pure art deco.
Back to my place where the Princess takes my photo for a change
and where we make a block castle (fit for a princess, needless to say).