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Published January 22nd 2013
It's a lot bigger than your backyard
Summer time brings longer days and warmer nights, making it the perfect time to pay a late afternoon visit to your local park.
My friends and I recently spent an afternoon and evening in Alexandria Park, a small pocket of calm surprisingly close to the hustle and bustle of the city. We set up a picnic blanket and pulled out some snacks from the local bakery and our books, trying to make the most of the remaining sunlight.
Weekends in the summer brings the cricketers to the yard, decked out in their whites playing in the picture perfect cricket field complete with white picket fence. Beyond the fence is the odd dog making the most of the open spaces; a real estate luxury in the inner-city.
The park is dog-friendly, equipped with plastic bags for their business and doggy bubblers for their drink. Chances are you will be approached by a four-legged friend if you visit the park. Lying down on my picnic blanket engrossed in my book, I heard the unmistakable sniffing of a canine getting closer and closer to me. Before I had the chance to react, the owner called my curious visitor's name and he was gone. There's also a playground at the park for tiny visitors of the non-furry variety.
We watched the sun set over the trees in the distance; the sky turning orange and eventually faded into darkness. We packed up and headed home, refreshed and ready for a new week.