Image © Mara Eastern (Used with permission)
Doomsberry Park was one of those places where it was easy to feel both at ease and ill at ease at the same time.
Sometimes it seems to stretch indefinitely to the east and some days to the west. At other times, it seems to inhabit that small part of the neighbourhood between the supermarket and the hardware store.
Either way, it was always an interesting place to venture into.
The gardens were both magnificent and simple, the flora spectacular with all variety of plants to be found. The tropical orchids were always a hit with visitors no matter the season.
It was one of those gardens where everything is always in season. Makes for a delightful visit every time you go for a walk there.
As well as the sights of the glorious nature that exist you can on occasion come across small groups of people doing what small groups do. In the middle of the park, there are tables and chairs, an outdoor chess board and a swing set like none you’ve ever seen before. If you dare to sit on one of the seats, strap yourself in and relax it gives you the most amazing ride. A swing like no other, but it’s best to ride it rather than describe it.
The centre of the park is a meeting place for all sorts of groups, the old timers concentrating on their chess games, the jig-saw puzzle folk and over to one side, you’ll find a group of ladies, resplendent in black huddled in earnest chat.
These are the park witches a harmless group who love coming together to swap cauldron recipes and reveal their newest potions. The group has always existed and is led by Maunchy Munchinson a third-generation witch and one-time student of Miss Marble of 46 Grimace Street.
I think it’s a great place to go for a quiet stroll, to take a loved one for let’s be honest, they will be enchanted, and one never knows where a decent enchantment might take one.
So, if you happen to be down Doomsberry way call into the park and have a good look around. You’ll soon be lost in its charms.