Find myself obsessed with the weather forecast lately. Because some days a walk can be a life saver. Today was one of those days. I have had very little sleep over the last few nights (yes…seems the growth spurt is never ending…feeding every two hours last night), Mia was bit off form and Ava is eventually getting tired of her bouncer (can’t blame her…she has spend most of her days over the last few months sitting in the chair on top of the kitchen table watching Mia having fun…it’s time now for her to join in rather than to be expected to be quiet and watch). We were all ready to snap!
After checking the forecast on my phone about twenty times this morning and looking out the window at least as often, I risked it and got the girls ready for a walk in the afternoon. Feeding, changing nappies, putting on jackets, hats and scarfs took me just under twenty minutes today (yes, I actually timed it), but it was well worth it as we managed to be outside for two and a half hours. It was cloudy, but the rain stayed away. There was even a touch of Spring in the air.
Took a few snap shots while walking.
We walked as far as Blackrock Village. I had my Decaf Latte and Mia and myself shared a chocolate chip cookie!
On the way back, into the Marina Park to admire the daffodils and say hello to the ducks.
The last two pictures are taken in the Marina Park, next to Páirc Uí Chaoimh. We are living very close to the park and love taking the kids there for walks. And as they’ll grow up, we’ll be using this facility more and more. I imagine this will be where they’ll learn to cycle their first bike. Where they’ll have a run around when the garden feels too small. Where they’ll meet up with friends when they’re a bit older.
A new sub-regional park was planned to develop the area around Páirc Uí Chaoimh, but the City Council now want to re-zone the bulk of it so they can be given over for additional GAA parking and a new all-weather pitch for use by the GAA alone. The location of this second pitch – rumoured to have 4,000 seats- is right in the middle of the prime part of the proposed park. This re-zoning would rob the citizens of a jewel and would do more besides. It would effectively sever the Marina Park in two, creating two smaller parks at either side of the all weather pitch. As Cork doesn’t have enough public parks, I fully support the recently set up residents action group to object the re-zoning. More info can be found on http://www.savemarinapark.com.