Lost Lake is just a 15 minute walk from our door and boasts ample kid delights in the form of ducks, minnows and tadpoles. Practically on our doorstep is what my children have termed The Secret Garden:
The garden contains a spiral path, on whose stones are inscribed the Albert Camus line "In the heart of winter lies an invincible summer." We pass by daily, and the kids never fail to pop in - to play tag, admire the latest blooms, or hug the marble sculpture in the centre. On the way home from the school bus, we often settle on a bench with Catrionagh's latest library selection.
I am profoundly grateful to have such things in the rhythm of our daily lives.