Whenever we go for a long walk over in Sam Smith Park, one of us usually comments about how fortunate we are to live just a short walk away from such an amazing place.
Yesterday was a beautiful day for a walk and we took full advantage. I had the camera with me so I shot a short video. Nothing spectacular in it, just a glimpse of our beautiful park. By the way, you only see Ellie Mae and Tuffy P in the video. Memphis was walking beside me.
The dogs started barking, the kind of bark that says something’s going on out here. I looked out onto the deck and saw our cat Jacques, waiting for someone to come along and let him in. As I’m explaining to the dogs it’s a false alarm, I see what they’ve been barking at. There, just a few feet past Jacques on the deck, was a possum.
Possum on deck
We’ve seen possums around from time to time since we moved here a few years ago. These are North American possums, not the same species as the Australian possums. We’re a little far north for them but they’ve been managing in Ontario for some years now, in spite of winters like this one. These animals are North Americas only marsupials!
The snow-family my neighbours up the street have been nurturing is still going strong…
I just read at the Friends of Sam Smith Park blog that the Etobicoke Waterfront Stormwater Management study has been completed. I don’t know all the issues here yet, but the blog post is very critical of the study for ignoring community feedback.
After most of the leaves in our area have fallen, our Shishigashira Japanese Maple, with its deep green leaves finally and quickly explodes into the most fantastic yellow-orange. I love this tree.
No this isn’t some new furniture from IKEA ready for assembly. These two grey units are sitting out behind the filtration plant down the street, waiting for installation.
This item has been sitting around down behind the filtration plant for several weeks. It looks like it is some sort of underwater observation chamber, at least in my imagination.
This shot was taken in Sam Smith Park, looking west toward the yacht club.