The new school term starts next week for me and my children, a return to normality, a new normality for my daughter who is entering high school. The weather has turned cold but is sunny enough to allow us to still get out. Recently, we found ourselves at the play park that you can see above.
Play parks are wonderful places. Obviously, they provide a world of entertainment for children but they're more than that. They're a meeting place for all ages - parents with their children, teenagers with nowhere else to go, and grandparents sharing times with younger generations.
I took this photo on a random whim and it wasn't until I got home that I realised how much I had captured. Look at the people on the benches. I remember there being a number of teenagers in the park but there were also parents whose children played beyond the reach of my photograph. It was the end of day, hence the placing of the tree's shadow. The play park sits on a busy city road but the stretch of green that hugs the river might as well be in the countryside for the peace it offers.
What do you think the adults are talking about? What are the unseen children talking about and doing? Why are the teenagers there? Who is driving the passing cars? What kind of shops sit across the road? What could happen here?