March 21, 2020
A group of us (average age about 70) decided that for the good of our mental health we would gather for a rendezvous at Salsbury Park this morning.
We are used to meeting quite often, and this was an excuse to break out of our social isolation for an hour, chat, gossip, run with the dogs. We were all very disciplined about staying a decent step apart from each other. It was a gorgeous day and I am certain it did us good.
This could become a habit if we continue to be house-bound for a few weeks.
January 14, 2020
I don’t often see seagulls in Salsbury Park; it is generally dominated by crows and squirrels. However the usual suspects must have been at home, keeping warm from the snow. Their absence allowed a pair of seagulls to walk around to their heart’s content, snapping up whatever they could find.
October 31, 2019
It was a really beautiful fall day today. Bright sunshine, a pleasant chill, no wind.
After a long walk, I rested a while in Salsbury Park which was looking at its autumn finest. I noticed as I always do that a wide range of children’s toys are left for anyone to play with in the playground area. It is a small but tangible indication of the trusting and friendly community we have surrounding this little oasis of green.
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April 25, 2019
I love it when slackliners come to practice at Salsbury Park.
February 12, 2019
I think all the neighbourhood kids were here this afternoon; they were all over the park, just loving the snow and the slope.
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January 12, 2019
The apartment building that edges the east end of Salsbury Park is covered in a pebbledash stucco. The bumps and crevices apparently give enough grip for a squirrel to go climbing straight up and down. I sat on the bench in the glorious winter sunshine for quite some time fascinated as this clever animal played with gravity. I think she was concerned about something on the ground, a cat perhaps; but eventually she climbed down and got on with her day.
October 29, 2017
This morning we went out for breakfast, to the Skylight which is still our favourite. On the way home we stopped for a while in the Park, sitting at the bench surrounded by several trees. The weather was superb — cool, with bright sun and a clear blue sky, with no need for a jacket yet.
We spent some time collecting acorns for the family of squirrels that visits our patio each day, and then we just sat back and relaxed. We watched the silent but steady fall of small leaves; some fell down directly, others spun in a tight spiral, seemingly delaying the inevitable, while yet others glided away from a straight path down, landing as migrants across the lawn. The crows, squirrels and jays kept their distance.
Finally we made friends with a Sirail hound called Stripe. He is a pal of the local three-legged Lucky but is a great deal more affable. A beautiful dog apparently saved from the slums of Bangladesh.
The tiny Salsbury Park is a wonderful place to interact with neighbours of all kinds.