Westmount Park

Summer weather has (finally) arrived – it’s almost the middle of June! The park’s grass has been mowed and the flower beds prepared for the (much too short) summer season.

We are looking forward to the floral displays this year – the City has decided to use their greenhouse staff (who, currently, do not have a greenhouse) to compliment the work provided by this year’s contracted landscaping company.



Westmount Park

A (very) chilly walk through the park this evening.  The city had their 34th annual Winter Carnival today – sleigh rides, free hot dogs and maple taffy in the snow. In the past, the city would design lovely badges (with pins) for those attending this event. (I have a box full of these dating back to the 1980s  when our daughter was small).  I am sure for safety (and legal) reasons that tradtion has been discontinued.  How did we ever manage to grow up safely in the 1950 and 1960s!



Westmount Park –

A “sloppy” walk through the park this evening following the sounds of dogs barking as they enjoy their dog run.

The proposal to build their play area created a huge controversy (like most changes in Westmount)  between the City and those opposed to its construction.  Thankfully, this issue is behind us – today, both dogs and walkers enjoy this Victorian era park in a harmonious existence.

Westmount Park

Our walk through Westmount Park on Thursday evening – it was deserted, aside from several dogs enjoying their dog run.  In the past, the city employed uniformed Park Rangers whose job was to patrol the park.  Today, people walking their dogs, no matter what the weather, seem to be performing this task.

Westmount Park

Returning from a brief trip to Oxford (where there was no snow) we were greeted with the park covered in a blanket of the “white stuff”.

Kudos to the City’s Public Works for clearing the streets and sidewalks following a difficult morning with freezing rain.





Westmount Park

Westmount Park – currently a winter wonderland!  Surprisingly, it was quite warm this evening. In the winter, dogs utilize their outer layer of fur that traps  body heat like a blanket – if you look closely, the hairs are nearly vertical.