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About Chessa

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    Senior Member
  • Birthday 10/10/1971

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  • Location:
    Seasonally Nomadic.
  • Interests
    Nature, books, music, extreme weather, long distance routes, philosophy, climbing and poetry.
  • Occupation
    Garden/Grounds/Tree maintenance. Herb/flower harvester. Previous rock climber & loyal Groundie.
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    UK and Europe

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  1. Chessa

    Adventure Playgrounds

    I remember rowing boats were quite popular in some parks (outside of playgrounds). As children, we were allowed to take them out without an adult on board - (in Alley Palley again). I really loved doing this. To folk living on the coast or on coastal islands around the UK, I guess handling a small boat was second nature - but being an inland kid, these little boats were a joy.
  2. Chessa

    Adventure Playgrounds

    I've got a pic of the one I played on somewhere...I must rootle it out.
  3. Chessa

    Adventure Playgrounds

    Does anyone recall playing on what was known as the Witches Hat? I remember climbing to the top and getting the oil all over my hands and being vaguely thrilled and horrified about how easy it would be to trap my fingers in the moving conical top as it clunked back and forth and swung around the central pole. (I was always catching my fingers in things as a child).
  4. Chessa

    Adventure Playgrounds

    Perfectly evocative! ...and I do remember these climbing frames. I even have a pic in '76 (of me), tho', I think this was a holiday climbing frame.
  5. Chessa

    Adventure Playgrounds

    Does anyone from the 1970's remember Adventure Playgrounds? The suburban community playground, home-made, DIY, wooden ones, I mean. I recently found an old school book of mine entitled "news". At school, we made a news entry every week, detailing what we did at the weekend; and in that book I drew and wrote about my love of Adventure Playgrounds, (on London's Hampstead Heath, and something similar at an "outdoor club" at Ally Pally (Alexandra Palace), too). The play was unsupervised and non-scripted by adults; wild and edgy - being always ruled by the slightly scary "big boys". The structures were high, no safety ropes or cows-tails, mostly barrier-less in places and rustic in construction. Since finding this little book, have even found the odd photograph to confirm these childhood memories. I found a surviving Adventure Playground in the 90's in Sheffield, South Yorkshire and used to take my son there. It was similar in ethos to the ones I remember in the '70s, although - over time, I noticed it becoming more "designed", and safer. Thinking back, my son did have an accident there (let go of a rope he was swinging on, before reaching a wooden landing stage) - which warranted a hasty trip to casualty. (A minor injury and he recovered well). Are there any more of these old Adventure Playgrounds about? Does anyone remember these? (I don't mean the modern Forest Schools or playground parkour sets, resin boulders and aqua/adventure/climbing/caving parks or high wire/ropes courses of regulated design - as fabulous as they are too:- never mind the wind tunnels, surf simulation pools and A.I. suites of today).
  6. Chessa

    Death of the silky..?

    Curvy. It is more versatile.
  7. Chessa


    I'm glad to see such a big'un. Good for your wife! I was reading in the Metro newspaper only a week or two ago that there has been such a shortage of conkers this year in the UK, that they have been selling on e-bay for £5+ in bags of 50. I also read a claim that conkers had been imported for a National conker comp' somewhere in the UK, due to our shortage of home-grown. These folk obviously don't know you and yours, do they? Personally, I (and local squirrels) have been overjoyed and astounded by the amount and quality of conkers from a tree I have been managing in the Hope Valley, Derbyshire this year. I was hoping for a true mast-year for 2018, and if the drought had not taken hold, I think it would have been a fabulous year for mast, countrywide. I think some trees, like this horse-chestnut have been blessed with ideal conditions due to their individual favourable situation this year, having just the right heat, light, water, shelter and soil available. Although the one I have harvested from has lost a large limb/twin trunks this year - they were both bone dry dead - it has not only produced the most gorgeous proliferation of conkers I've seen since childhood dreams, but also the tastiest Chicken of the Woods earlier this year as well: (fried with garlic, onion and herbs, barbecued of an evening on skewers with peppers, added to evening risottos, chilli's or full english breakfasts with sausage and black pudding). However, I do worry that this abundance might be it's swan song?
  8. Chessa

    Rotating trees

    What on earth?! It makes me feel sad - like the trees can't connect with one another underground, like Nature intends. Like they are always just out of reach of one another. Like pot bound bonsai's with mutilated roots (sorry, just an emotional viewpoint). Is it Art? Is it science? (To counteract the earth's rotation or something?) Why? What is the meaning of this? My head is spinning, just like those spinning (tree) tops.
  9. Chessa

    Spontaneous combustion

    Lovely. What a relief.
  10. Chessa

    In Desperate times...My Silky saves the day!

    No, no... this be me: much more scruffy - see?!
  11. Chessa

    Spontaneous combustion

    Oh, you poor thing I remember years ago, my allotment "shed" burned down: it was a tongue and groove cabin with a little fireplace, bed and hefty table with an outside bath on the porch and a tree swing, which also burned. However, it was school children who burned it, rather than spontaneous combustion. One of them left their homework (named) and their smokes in the undergrowth. Always sad when a well loved shed burns down. (P.S. Is that barbed wire all around yours?) (P.P.S. It made me smirk to read you had a "garden hose in your Y-fronts") Happy rebuilding...


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