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Atualizado: 7 de dez. de 2022

One great thing about England’s parks is the birdlife. Catching the essence of nature’s beauty is breathtaking. The following photograph was taken one January morning on my 2016 Samsung mobile, in the heart of winter. The weather was fresh and dry, and around zero degrees centigrade. I love the cold days and, on this occasion had finished my brisk walk and circuit training routine.

# Seagulls chasing bread particles thrown by a young girl out with her father.

The peaceful settings of the big spacious park bring true harmony to my temperament. It appeases my inner self, so I can regenerate my lifeforce. The body through exercise and the mind creating tranquility that travels buoyantly. My element to ride the waves of undiscouraged satisfaction.

The 5th and 6th centuries in Britain are certainly wrapped in obscurity. Records are few, difficult to interpret, propagandist, or written long after the events they describe.

What is certain is that the Romans didn’t suddenly leave Britain. After 350 years of Roman rule – as long a period as separates the present day from Charles II – all Britons were, in a sense, Romans.

“Charles II (29 May 1630 – 6 February 1685) was King of Scotland from 1649 until 1651, and King of Scotland, England and Ireland from the 1660 Restoration of the monarchy until his death in 1685. Charles II was the eldest surviving child of Charles I of England, Scotland and Ireland and Henrietta Maria of France.”

Tradition has it that in 410 the Emperor Honorius wrote to the British Romans instructing them to look to their own defense. While it seems likely that the letter was not sent to Britain after all, such advice would have reflected the realities of the time. Britain was no longer subject to an imperial power that could protect it.

This small in the middle of the park bridge that crosses a river some twenty kilometers south of London has been rebuilt from centuries ago when horsemen and carriages were how medieval Noblemen travelled the countryside. Bridges like this were essential to get around quickly even though security forces needed to be tight to protect the aristocracy.

Parks are rural areas that the country’s leaders’ have saved for the prosperity of the people: to keep the historical value locked in, use of rationality to keep the splender of the land intact, and nature alive.

One thing I have come to cherish is well kept parks that nurture the mind. This splendid gesture for the people helps appreciate the land everyday by visiting on any day at any time. Parks are open all day long and dog owners are welcome to let their pets run around free.

The pleasant scenery is abundant as far as the eye can see. This true beauty depicts how land would have been hundreds of years ago, perhaps in Roman times. It is truly epic to stand, stare, and feel the experience. There are many trails to walk, so every time visiting, different walks can be taken to spice up the experience.

English trees such as elm, oak, and willow are just a few of the attractive varieties available. They are spread out amongst the park. January is in the thick of the winter, so in most cases the leaves have fallen apart from a few remaining ones.

With climate change the days are generally getting warmer and consequently snow is a beauty of the past, as it has been several years since visitors have had the opportunity to build snowmen, and all their attire such as adding a scarf around their necks and a carrot or stick, as a nose.

Parks are a wonderful invention that need upkeep at minimal cost apart from maintenance.

One specific difference witnessed was the birdlife which was abundant. There were many species to enjoy such as herons’, Egyptian and Canadian geese, swans, ducks, ravens, magpies, and of course kingfishers, robins, and even seagulls.

Take care!

Carl Boniface

Vocabulary builder:

Lifeforce (n) = 1. The force or influence that gives something its vitality or strength. 2. The spirit or energy that animates living creatures; the soul

Buoyantly (adv) = cheerfully, brightly, happily, optimistically, positively

Obscurity (n) = anonymity, insignificance, unimportance, vagueness, doubt

Propagandist (adj) = distorted, one-sided, polemical, extremist, publicist

Aristocracy (n) gentry, upper class, Lords and ladies, peers of the realm

Splender (n) = magnificent and splendid appearance; grandeur.

Cherish (v) = treasure, value, prize, appreciate, relish, take pleasure in

Nurture (n) = fosterage, fostering, breeding, raising, rearing, cultivate, cherish, encourage

Splendid (adj) = fine, grand, superb, impressive, wonderful, fabulous

Epic (adj) = impressive, ambitious, classic, heroic, grand

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