Southgate

Today I’m very randomly in Southgate in north London, and I’m using this opportunity to get to know a new place and take a few pictures.

I arrive at the Southgate station, which, although takes ages, is conveniently on the Piccadilly line.

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The underground station actually looks quite funny and reminds of a landed UFO.

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This is Chase Road going downhill, which looks really cute with those neat identical houses.

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I decide to walk down the Bourne a little bit and see if there is something interesting (or, to be quite honest, I have Googled it and know that there is a park!)

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As usual, I’m looking out for flowers around people’s houses.

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Speaking of houses, they don’t have a very London-like look. I mean, walking down this road, I almost get the feeling of being somewhere in Scandinavia.

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As you can see, I’ve taken quite a few pictures of different ones from different angles. And seriously, if anyone showed me one of these pictures out of context and asked me to guess where it was taken, I definitely wouldn’t name London, at least not at the first go.

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Finally I reach Grovelands Park. It seems to be pretty spacious and there aren’t that many people.

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The park has a golf course, and you can see two gentlemen on the left playing – or learning how to play – golf.

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As I probably mentioned before, any decent park, in my view, should have a pond or a lake, or any other water reservoir, so this one clearly meets the criterion.

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Among other wildlife I spot this mother goose with her goslings (I hope, I’m right and these are indeed a goose and goslings, rather than a duck and ducklings, for example).

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They are heading straight into the water, where their fellow geese (or ducks???) are waiting for them already.

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The park gives a really calm and peaceful feeling, even though it’s not completely empty

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Although the lake is called the Boating Lake, I don’t see a single boat anywhere. But given that the lake is pretty big, they just could be in a different part of it.

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From some angles the park almost looks like a forest (not counting that red lifesaving kit). It is definitely quite different to Central London parks, although not as ‘wild’ as, for instance, Richmond Park.

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I wish I had at least a very basic understanding of mushrooms to be able to tell whether this one is poisonous or edible.

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It may seem that these trees are in full blossom, but those are actually the leaves that have such a deep purple colour.

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I take another picture of houses on the way back, this time just for the sake of that tree with red berries – it looks like a rowan tree, but I can’t be sure.

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