Thursday, 1 November 2012

Fit For A Princess

 When I saw her dress, I asked, "Are you a fairy today, or a princess?"
"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 ...

Of course there are other features, such as ...

... 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).


Katherine Dolan said...

What a gorgeous little girl. Thanks for that Royal Tour!

A said...

And the calico cat painting looks just like the cat himself :-)

J.T. Webster said...

I've so many fond memories of the Dinosaur Park. Thanks for reminding me.
Those murals are new - they look good. Maybe it's time for a revisit.

Kay Cooke said...

Katherine - She is - my granddaughter, of course!

Agnes - I know! Nice symmetery there!

Sue - They are new and very good too.

Unknown said...

She's so pretty. I love that place too. It's clean and refreshing to look at. Stunning shots too. Nicely done.

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