Friday, 1 January 2010

A walk in the Parks

Stoke-on-Trent was originally six towns - Tunstall, Burslem, Hanley, Stoke, Fenton and Longton. Each town had a Victorian municipal park and these parks are an ideal place for stretching your legs in the winter chill.
Longton park is a very mature park with big trees and lakes.
The visiting Canada geese are finding the frozen ponds a bit of a challenge, but there is plenty of food from the locals who visit the park.
The Longton squirrels are foraging even in the coldest weather. Again, the locals feed them nuts and fruit and it is a joy to see them around the park.

Even around the parks, this weather needs some seriously warm clothing. The air chill today was sufficient to prevent my camera from working on less than full battery charge. I always carry spares.
Fenton Park is a well laundered park with prunned trees, organized beds and lots of open space. There is a wide ranging collection of ornamental trees and shrubs and a rose garden which always looks good in the Spring.
With the temperature falling and a slight flurry of snow, it was time to wander home for our new years feast. Happy New Year.

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