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The second most dominant lifeform in the downtown Toronto area

Saturday 16th October 2021, 11.45am (day 3,705)

Toronto squirrel, 16/10/21

At one level this is a cheap rodent shot, but it does epitomise a particular feature of Toronto’s urban scene — because there are thousands, tens of thousands perhaps, of these critters around every tree and greenish space in the city. They’re all brown, too, rather than grey (as most of the UK’s squirrels are) or red (as a very few of them are). If anything, this example is uncharacteristically pale compared to his city brethren. Either way they’re lining themselves up as the runner-up species locally, I’m telling you.

Last day in Toronto. Home tomorrow, as long as my government decides to let me back into the country.

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Granville Square (London shot #101)

Tuesday 1st June 2021, 9.15am (day 3,568)

Granville Square, 1/6/21

On this, the 101st day that London has appeared on this blog, we had left for home by 10am, but there was still time to discover another of the quiet little corners that make this a pleasant city in so many ways, and partly explain why I come back so often. Granville Square sits not fifty yards off the Kings Cross Road, right in the centre of the city, but you wouldn’t know it on this glorious June morning.

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Tree portrait

Wednesday 5th May 2021, 6.00pm (day 3,541)

Stockwood Park tree, 6/5/21

This tree has a noble aspect. I like its seeming formality and the way the guys disport themselves below it in various ways. I like the little cloud fluff that it seems to have caught in the top branches. Pictured in Stockwood Park, Luton — a town which makes a classy debut on the blog (though see also tomorrow).

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In Allestree Park

Sunday 14th June 2020, 10.25am (day 3,216)

Allestree Park, 14/6/20

Sunday. Nominally a day of rest. Time to take in a bit of nature and contemplate the meaning of life, or whatever else takes one’s fancy. Time to bag my first urban county top, hence why I dragged the family to Derby today, making this the city’s third appearance on the blog. But a good day was had. If only the pubs would open.

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Mid-December playground

Saturday 14th December 2019, 12.40pm (day 3,033)

December playground, 14/12/19

Grim and bleak seem to have been themes for a few days now, and with this particular mid-December being even grimmer and bleaker than is normal for the time of year, the theme is likely to continue. Is Limeside Park in Oldham a more welcoming place on a sunny day in May? Of course it is, but then again, so is everywhere.

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Memorial Gardens, Hebden Bridge

Sunday 1st September 2019, 5.00pm (day 2,929)

Memorial gardens, 1/9/19

A pleasant afternoon. Too bold with the tree trunk — too much sunlight? Well, perhaps I am feeling bold. Time passes, as autumn progresses it will not be long before this scene will no longer be lit at 5pm on any given day.

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Calder Holmes Park, Sunday morning

Sunday 13th January 2019, 11.05am (day 2,698)

Calder Holmes footie, 13/1/19

For once, a football match captured in passing, rather than one I specifically attended. Calder Holmes Park, in town, is a picturesque spot to get competitive on a Sunday morning. One for the traditionalists…

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In the park

Tuesday 5th July 2016, 5.30pm (day 1,776)

In the park, 5/7/16

Perhaps this shot would have been better with either one group or the other, but I like the split-screen nature of it with both. A nice evening in Hebden Bridge, much more amenable weather than in Manchester for most of the day, which is where I was.

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In the park

Sunday 3rd April 2016, 3.05pm (day 1,683)

Memorial park, 3/4/16

Spring is hardly barrelling in with both guns blazing but there are hints of it here and there in Hebden Bridge…. Last day of my Easter break today, one of the most uneventful in history, but in terms of relaxation it cannot be faulted. Back to work tomorrow though (but then don’t expect a great deal more eventfulness then, either).

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Shelter, Kennington Park

Saturday 20th December 2014, 11.55am (day 1,213)

Kennington park, 20/12/14

Second monochrome moment of the weekend…

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