Posted by: ourtravelingcircus | July 6, 2012

One souvenir I wish I could buy

That souvenir would be the soft, green grass you see below.

Anyone who visits our home knows that our “lawn” is a pathetic joke despite three complete reseedings, two of which were done by people who supposedly knew what they were doing. I’m resigned to the fact that if we are ever going to have beautiful grass we either need to install a sprinkler system or AstroTurf. (And after the recent heat wave, any resemblance it ever had to grass is probably purely coincidental.)

And that is the reason I truly do enjoy the lawn at the rental house. If you look at the picture, you can see that this isn’t pure grass either and there are numerous weeds. But the whole thing glows with green and feels smooth and cool to walk on, so who cares what it actually is? It looks fantastic to me.

This house sits on reclaimed land in a peat bog. If you jump on this grass, it bounces slightly. The housing development is built on the edge of a national park called the Weeribben, the “ribben” part of which has to do with intentional ribbon slices of peat-harvested land which became the canals around the park and neighborhood. I’m not sure how long ago this was done or how long the park has been here. (According to the owner, the house was built in 1980.)

I just wish I could roll up the bog and send it home…..


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