For me, it was always the yard, as the house until I left at age 8, was an old dairy, so the yard was a concrete area behind the house, which was effectively the roof of the old victorian cowsheds underneath. We lived in the living area above the workrooms. The yard had an area of smoothed concrete in the middle where my dad had repaired some cracks and this became my Moon. A pocket Mare Crisum for me to take my spacex ships flying from the wooden space station, to land on the lunar surface.
What was your favourite ? I'd welcome photos or example of your own favourite playsets and terrain that populated your childhood.
Meanwhile, here are a few words which epitomise that far away land..
The Land of Counterpaneby Robert Louis Stevenson
|When I was sick and lay a-bed,|
I had two pillows at my head,
And all my toys beside me lay,
To keep me happy all the day.
And sometimes for an hour or so
I watched my leaden soldiers go,
With different uniforms and drills,
Among the bed-clothes, through the hills;
And sometimes sent my ships in fleets
All up and down among the sheets;
Or brought my trees and houses out,
And planted cities all about.
I was the giant great and still
That sits upon the pillow-hill,
And sees before him, dale and plain,
The pleasant land of counterpane.