About once a year I fly from Boston, Massachusetts to visit my daughter who lives here in West Hampstead. Every day I like to take a walk for exercise and one of my favorites when here is walking on Fortune Green.
Earlier this month I took a stroll through the Green. It was mid-afternoon and along with others I was enjoying the warmth of the autumn sun on my face and back. Leaves were just beginning to display their bright colors and some were already fluttering to the ground. Tiny tots were laughing and shouting in the playground area while their older siblings were playing catch or football on the Green close by. What was new for me were the wooden sculptures of the owls and fox. Children were having great fun sitting on the fox and looking at the baby owl.
Thanks to the benches provided, there’s a place for those of every age to stop and appreciate this beautiful spot. (I am 82 years old and need to be able to sit down occasionally for a rest.) What a lovely oasis this is in the middle of a busy neighborhood.
On leaving the Green, I read with interest the new noticeboard which recounted the history of the Green and how it had been saved in Victorian days by the Friends of Fortune Green. West Hampstead very well can be proud of and thankful for those people and for those who continue to carry on the work of protecting and caring for this pleasant place. You are indeed fortunate!
- Annette J. Molnár (Guest Blogger)
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