For some reason, he kicks the ball as hard as he can. It slams into the slippery dip and rebounds out onto the grass about ten metres from the playground. Then Cody walks right up to me and sits on the other swing.
Bernard Beagle Kicks Off, page 108
This is the playground at the edge of the reserve where Cody and Bernard kick the ball together. The way this playground is set up, Cody wouldn't actually hit the slippery dip with his kick because he is unlikely to be approaching the playground from that side. For the sake of the story, lets pretend that the slippery dip is located under the green square closest to the camera!
When I used to kick the ball with my brother and my cousins at this park, sometimes we would blast it into the playground and see where it ended up. No reason. Sometimes we would miss the playground entirely and have to fetch the ball from the creek.
The swing that Bernard is sitting on is just behind the camera. You can see the playground in my previous feature, The Swings.
When I've crossed the field, I step through the gate and turn right. I walk along the path, the fence on my right and thick bushes on my left.
Bernard Beagle Kicks Off, page 8
This is the gap in the fence that Bernard walks through until he realises that he can jump over the fence closer to the boundary corner. As described in the earlier feature, Bayview Primary Boundary Fence, Bernard likes taking the easier option, walking through this gap rather than lifting his chubby body over the top.
This is actually the boundary fence at Reynella East College (formerly Reynella East High School). My brother, my dad and I took our dog Jess for walks along this path, although the vegetation wasn't as dense as it is now. In winter, the gutter you can see in the background would often be flowing with creek water.
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