A Picnic at Holland Park, London

A couple of weeks ago, we had to go up to London for a day to run an important errand.  While I was getting it done, little T and her dad had an impromptu picnic at Holland Park in Kensington.

The park is huge, but they only ended up staying in the playground area and never even got to the bigger playground.  Well because, little T made friends with some of the children there and didn’t want to leave them.

Don’t you just love the way children just play together as if they’ve known each other all their lives?  My husband said at first little T was shy, but later on, gamely joined the other kids at the playground as seen on the photos.

One of the things I love about London is the diversity of the people who live there – from all over the globe.  To be fair though, I’m not the only foreigner in our little seaside village in North Cornwall.  There’s F’s mum (T’s best friend), who happens to be Swedish, though she’s lived in England so long, people are always surprised to find out that she’s not English.  There was also a Canadian mum in our circle, but she and her family moved to the next town.

Little T was actually not alone on the photo above, but out of respect for her privacy, I decided to crop her off, especially since you could clearly see her face here.  I asked little T what they were talking about, she replied, “Sand of course!”  Silly mummy, of course it was about sand, what else could they be talking about?

On our way to play-school the next day, she was still talking about her London friends.  I actually had to remind her that they live in London and she lives in Cornwall, but that didn’t seem to matter to her or the fact that she will probably never see them again.  As far as she was concerned, they were her friends, even for just one afternoon.  Period.  The rest is just details.

Linking-up with #CountryKids.

Have a lovely weekend folks!


  1. thereadingresidence

    I do love how kids can be ‘best friends’ with someone within 10 minutes of meeting them – love this about my daughter 🙂 Looks like she had a fab time x

    • She did! Yes, me too… Now if only grown-ups were less suspicious 😉

  2. diaryofamidlifemummy

    She looks so happy to have met her new friends! And you’ve got to love impromptu activities – always the best x

    • She was – thanks! And you’re so right about impromptu activities 🙂

  3. Cheryl (@CherylInTheUK)

    They do make friends fast and can be talking about them for ages afterwards. I grew up in multicultural areas and it does bother me that my children are not getting the same experience. #CountryKids

    • Yes, that’s one of the reasons (among many) that I miss about living in the city 🙂

  4. That’s what I love children, too. They don’t see boundaries that usually cripples society – boundaries such as color, creed, race, economics, or even language. They have their own way of communicating with each other. 🙂

  5. Merlinda Little (@pixiedusk)

    I know what you mean when kids play together like they are relatives. With my son let him go for a few minutes and he will go back with a friend. And they will play like they are classmates in preschool. Sometimes in a few minutes that they play they wouldf even cry on goodbyes =P Cutest ever. #CountryKids

  6. ortsofsorts

    It is wonderful how children make friends! I love how there is no judgement and they just connect…
    Enjoy these times!

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  9. John Quincy

    This is the thing that I adore youngsters, as well. They don’t see limits that as a rule disable society limits.

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