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Sept 12 - Shared Lawns of Stanley Park

Lawns are a funny thing. People want them badly, pay high prices to have a single-family-detached so they can have their own lawn - and rarely use them.

We do use lawns when we throw a summer party too big for the house. I found the first picture, of my 30th engineering class reunion, and the second, from my 60th birthday party. They are from 8 years apart, in two different houses. Connie and I really made efforts to throw a couple of big parties every summer, because we had large decks front and back of our Calgary house - which technically means we still weren't using the lawn, unless somebody courteously stepped away to smoke. The rest of the time, it was just this thing to mow, and you could look at it, the green IS soothing, and I probably lay out on a towel to read and sun myself a few more times per year. But lawns are unoccupied 99 days out of a hundred.

Having moved to a condo, I still have some lawn, and have sunned out in our "backyard" and "side yard" a few times; to throw a party, you'd have to invite the building, though.

But we West End dwellers have some fine, semi-private lawns a few minutes' walk way in Stanley Park. It's clear to me that this space in the middle of the trees in the Ted & Mary Grieg Rhododendron Garden, practically across the street, is the size of a suburban lawn, and weirdly has a lot of privacy due to the surrounding trees and heavy bushes:

Even that space has a little annex; a few steps from the last shot, there's an even smaller space, even more private as somebody metres away could hardly see the entrance to it - about right for two to do some kissing in:

If you want a little larger, just south of the Rose Garden, a few minutes walk in the other direction, is a lovely lawn surrounded by trees and gardens, sunken a bit from the ramp from Georgia towards the Bridge, muffling almost all traffic noise. It's big enough for a couple of large parties to not bother each other - not that I've ever seen more than one or two families out with blankets here; even when shared by 40,000 people of the West End, lawns are very, very underused.

Ironically, I have volunteered to mow the lawns at our condo - but the lot of them take less time than the lawns I had back in Calgary; they're more like the short time it takes me to mow Dora's lawn, seen in the second photo of my birthday. And almost nobody at the condo uses them, either. Lawns should mostly be shared.

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2019 Sept 11: Business as Usual During Construction

2019 Sept 10: Missing Sid today

2019 Sept 09: Rain vs Sunflowers

2019 Sept 08: Rainy-Day Mushrooms (and pink birds)

2019 Sept 07: Alan Beairsto's Moonrise

2019 Sept 06: Geranium branches out; Cityscape

2019 Sept 05: Barretts and Branders Round the Seawall

2019 Sept 04: Local Construction

2019 Sept 03: Hilary and Rick On Their Way

2019 Sept 02: Rose Garden Roundup

2019 Sept 01: Hilary and Rick

2019 August 31: Cat Saturday Redux

2019 August 30: Some More Barrett Pictures

2019 August 29: Community Garden Banner Year

2019 August 28: Harrisons Away

2019 August 27: Harrisons Here!

2019 August 26: Neighbourhood News (water mains)

2019 August 25: Cat Sunday

2019 August 24: Cat Saturday

2019 August 23: A Run Through Stanley Park

2019 August 22: Back to the Garden

2019 August 21: Embarrassing the Embassy

2019 August 20: News Catch-Up: The Cut-Down Trees

2019 August 19: Geranium Full Flower

2019 August 18: Geranium and Heron II

2019 August 17: The Geranium Blooms

2019 August 16: Heron Still Here, Black Flowers

2019 August 15: Heron Up Close

2019 August 14: Water and Waterfowl

2019 August 13: Inner Garden

2019 August 12: Map and Marina

2019 August 11: Geranium and the Odd Boat

2019 August 10: Right In Our Own Backyard

2019 August 9: Back to Flowers

2019 August 8: Boats and Carbon

2019 August 7: Dealing with Summer

2019 August 6: Crowds and Forests

2019 August 5: Pride Parade Whales

2019 August 4: Bye-bye Barretts

2019 August 3: Once Around The Park

2019 August 2: Fireworks and Butterflies

2019 August 1: Charlie's Birthday!

2019 July 31: A Day at the Aquarium

2019 July 30: The Barretts Arrive!

2019 July 29: Random Things in Stanley Park

2019 July 28: Fireworks Last Night

2019 July 27: Monitoring Progress

2019 July 26: Being glad it's not winter

2019 July 25: We Return to Vancouver; Street is Torn Up

2019 July 2: Cat Pictures as we Drive to Calgary

2019 July 1: Canada Day in Stanley Park

2019 Jun 30: Madrid and Victoria - nice cities.

2019 Jun 29: Seattle boat shelves, Cat-vs-Beer

2019 Jun 28: Back from Seattle

2019 Jun 21: Volunteer Gardeners

2019 Jun 20: Stanley Colour

2019 Jun 19: At the beaches

2019 Jun 18: Tiny Roses and the Outside Cat

2019 Jun 17: Heron Nesting Season

2019 Jun 16: What a Difference a Month Makes (to goslings)

2019 Jun 15: Kittens Who Look At Phones, plus, Spain

2019 Jun 14: Lake Blossoms Everywhere

2019 Jun 13: Last Blossoms?

2019 Jun 12: Grandiose Things

2019 Jun 11: Scenes from a flight to Denver

2019 Jun 8: Beaver Lake Developments

2019 Jun 7: The Rose Garden Returns!

2019 Jun 6: D-Day commemorated with poppies!

2019 Jun 5: Geese families and Heron at Lost Lagoon

2019 Jun 4: More Cat Badness

2019 Jun 3: Roses and Bridges

2019 Jun 2: The Gosling Fleet

2019 Jun 1: From the archives: Cuba 2017

2019 May 31: Cats vs Bees

2019 May 30: Ravine Trail to Beaver Lake

2019 May 28-29: Our Garden and Stanley Forests

2019 May 27: The Umbrella Tree

2019 May 26: Animals of Stanley Park

2019 May 25: Green and Water

2019 May 24: Last of the Rose Garden South

2019 May 23: The Tudor House

2019 May 22: Rose Garden, South End #2

2019 May 21: Retiro and Kitten-Warmers

2019 May 20: Goslings and our Chilco Neighbours

2019 May 19: Finishing up the "back walk" all-floral garden.

2019 May 18: First trip to the Rose Garden South

2019 May 17: More "backwalk" south of Lost Lagoon and Lagoon Drive

2019 May 16: The "backwalk" south of Lost Lagoon 1

2019 May 15: blooms on the 4th floor