Sunday, February 6, 2011

Phoenix Park

Thought I'd share with you some of the beautiful views I am privileged to enjoy on my journey to and from work each day. The Phoenix Park has lots of these benches dotted around, and they are very inviting!
On the other side of the road the view is something quite different, all office blocks and commercial activity.

Often, there are cars parked along this stretch, but I can never see where the occupants have gone! They certainly are not sitting on the benches!
I pulled in on my way home on Friday and just took this out of the open window, cos it was a pretty miserable day. But sometimes, I do get out and have a little walk, then continue on my journey.
"The Park", as it's known in these parts, is 1752 acres of beautiful open space and is one of the largest parks in any European city. It is home to lots of wildlife, and to 450 deer. It is also where President Mary Mc Aleese resides, in Áras an Uarhtarán. Dublin Zoo is also in the Park, as is the Garda Headquarters, so it's a busy place. You wouldn't think it to look at these photos!

And, from the website, I just discovered that they have a Knitting and Crochet Group which meets every Wednesday morning! Now, if only I didn't have to go to work!!


  1. There is something about parks that heals a soul. The naked trees recovering through each season. Benches waiting for sitters :).

  2. Beautiful park Mimi. I think I'd rather look at the park side and not the commercial properties. Thank you for putting the bench there for me to have a little rest (LOL) after a stoll in the park. It will be lovely when the weather improves. 'Speak' soon ~ Eddie

    Clouds and Silvery Linings
    and Platos’s Procrastinations

  3. I always love to see other people's surroundings and your photos are lovely. Park benches look so inviting.
    Too bad about the knitting & crocheting classes being on a work day.
    I'm looking for something like that myself.
    Maggie X

    Nuts in May

  4. I'm loving the first picture.

    The bench calls my name, beckoning me to come, empty my thoughts, out loud. Sit a while, let all become quiet and peaceful. No worries, no words, just peace.

  5. Wouldn't that be a lovely place to spend a morning just knitting and chatting? Visit me on ravelry (rowanberrystudio) - I'd love to see your creations, too.

  6. Lots of acres of loveliness!
    It's nice there's that much space to roam in. By looking across the street you'd never guess.

  7. That looks like a beuatiful place, I can imagine how lovely it is to take walks there. Particularly in the warmer seasons and even autumn.;)
    I love your last sentence, I feel like this now too.;)
    Have a lovely Monday,

  8. I would love to bring my camera and go looking for birds there!

  9. What a lovely post! It evoked memories for me going back over 3 decades to when I worked in the Park and had daily cycles through the 15 acres and the Furry Glen if it was a nice summer evening - I worked in St. Mary's for a spell between my general and midwifery training and during my general we spent time there in the Renal Unit (Jervis St. - you are prob too young to remember that hallowed hosp!) So I have a lot of happy memories there. All in the innocent pre-MacArthur days of murdered nurses on their days off - eerie as I spent many an afternoon sunbathing under a tree with a book. As for knitting groups they are brilliant! I have just started going to one in Lismore recently and love it, an oasis in my Tues. evenings - 2 hours of me-time! There is a morning group too but the evening suits us wage slaves!

  10. What a beautiful park!! Wouldn't it be so nice if we didn't have to work? There are so many things I would like to do, but just don't have the time to do...... One day I guess!!

    I posted the answer to your question in my comments..... shame on this bad Mommy, but we never did make it to the ballet this christmas. I had grand plans but had no idea how overwhelmed I was going to be after returning from such a trip and then to have the holidays, two birthdays and make my return to work. Next year for sure..... I will buy my tickets early....there will be no excuses:)

    Have a wondrful week my friend!!



  11. The knitting group must be for retired peoplle. A lovely way to spend a Wednesday morning.
    Love and Peace

  12. How lovely!

    We have a gray sky over us exactly like the one in your pictures. We could be neighbors! :)


  13. Mimi - there's an award for you over at my blog - hope you enjoy it - a bit like the one you shared with me last year but a challenge to find some different things! Have fun!

  14. I love crochet! Wish we could crochet together, Mimi.

  15. Lovely but brrrr...

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  16. I love that first photo - something haunting and compelling about it - who just sat there and left or who will soon sit - it's a beautiful shot!