Category Archives: retro equipment

Retro Play on the Farm

Dempsey Corner Orchard in Nova Scotia’s apple belt is a gem of a place. In the gentle rolling hills of the Annapolis Valley’s North Mountain an old playground standard and some do-it-yourself offerings take pride of place in the working farmyard.

Far from the unforgiving eyes of municipal insurers, from the exacting measurements and impact calculations of playground inspectors, this is a place where kids can still have some exhilarating, retro fun.


There’s some no holds barred spinning on one of the few remaining roundabouts in a radius of hundreds of miles. Once a playground stalwart, the roundabout is now a very rare sighting in our small corner of the world, definitely on the endangered list and not likely to be making a comeback.


It’s like a magnet for kids who are pulled to it immediately on arrival. Most of them would have never have experienced the delicious centrifugal force of a whirling roundabout. Apparently the sheep even like to get a spin in now and again too.

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I finally get up my courage and hop on board. Just a short ride brings back fine memories – happy, smiley faces all around.

Add a circle of tires sand pit and there’s no end to digging and jumping fun.


Sailing through the air with the greatest of ease.


And crossing chasms with bold steps.


Just as we are packing up, we discover some antique transportation à la Flintstones. There’s a snappy bespoke convertible…


…and a pick up ready to haul wood, apples, corn.


I’m interested in hearing from readers who know of simple yet magical, tucked away places like this that they’d like to share.

Do you remember when?

This was our second trip to Dempsey Corner Orchard. I wrote about the first trip in Harvest Playground three years ago. How quickly the kids are growing…

Tunisian Playgrounds

PlayGroundology’s last post featured images from towns and cities that skirt the arctic circle in those north of 60 kind of places that are characterized by snow, snow and more snow. Hundreds of visitors have popped in to the Northern Playgrounds flickr gallery in the last few days.

More photos today – this time a little contrast as we go to North Africa’s Maghreb. Watch for crenellated turrets, kneeling dromedaries and retro equipment in these shots from Tunisia.

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Google and flickr have very limited offerings of playground images from Tunisia. These will supplement the online public record. Thanks to Nicole Cordeau who took these photos while vacationing in Tunisia in the fall of 2010. Nicole is very supportive of her son-in-law’s playground meanderings…

As you enjoy the images, spare a thought for the people of Tunisia who are currently experiencing some difficult times.