Posts Tagged ‘Phoenix Park’

Well a couple of weeks ago I was being surrounded by animals and animal stories, and the animal theme popped up again last week when I got the chance to go to Dublin Zoo to see the two new Sumatran tiger cubs there. Aww!

The as yet unnamed duo were born to mammy Sigra and daddy Kepala on 29 May last in Dublin Zoo, a male and a female fluffy pair of tiger cubs. On 29 July the family were put on display to the public for the first time.

Here’s a few photos of the little dotes and their parents, some good, some not so good!

You can see better photos on the official page on the Zoo’s website and also read a bit more about the endangered species family 🙂


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Thank you Mr. Tea-leaf.

Thank you.

Thank you for walking through the Phoenix Park yesterday with your vigilant eyes and noticing that the back door of my car hadn’t locked properly with the central locking.

Thank you for alerting me to the fact by opening the door and climbing inside.

Thank you for shimmying over the seats into the front.

Thank you for adjusting my drivers seat to suit your long legs.

Thank you for reminding me that I shouldn’t leave the face of my car radio hidden in the driver car door by taking it for me.

Thank you for reminding me that the radio face does not work without the main body of the radio by taking that too.

Thank you for leaving the wires all tidy and neat and tied up so that I didn’t notice until I’d been sat in the car a couple of minutes.

Thank you for rifling through my glove box and chastising me about *still* having not stuck my toll tag to the windscreen by taking that too.

Thank you for reminding me that I’m not the only one who doesn’t know my way, you took my freebie Fast Fit map from the door pocket too.

Thank you for leaving the chamois sponge with which to wipe my windscreen on the way home, that was nice of you.

Thank you for reminding me gently that the Gardaí in this country are so ineffective that I didn’t even dream of calling them until my travelling companion mentioned it to me.

Most of all thank you for reminding me that no matter what we do, wherever we go, there is always someone watching and waiting, waiting for someone to slip up so they can use it to their own advantage.

I hope your need was greater than mine ever will be.

Thank you Mr. Tea-leaf and happy Christmas to you too.

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Inspired by Grannymar’s retelling yesterday of taking her digital camera for a walk in the park, and also inspired by the fabulous weather, I took a spin down to the Phoenix Park by myself to top up my Vitamin D and freckles.

Normally I’d just have had a ramble around and sat down on a bench to read my book but yesterday I had my eyes peeled, looking for some nice photos to take. I think I got a few nice ones, what do you think?

I took a walk through a tree-lined laneway in Farmleigh which beckoned to me as I walked through the gate. There were so many trees along it the sun was barely shining through them though, so I didn’t stay in there for too long.

As I walked along the laneway a fluffy, pure, white feather drifted down to the ground at my feet. A year or more ago a friend went for an ‘angel card reading’ and was told that a white feather appearing was a sign of your guardian angel being nearby. Not usually one to believe in such things I nevertheless liked this idea and I still take special time to appreciate white feathers that cross my path and the warm, fuzzy feeling that a guardian angel might be taking the walk with me was welcome 🙂

On I went, when the ‘Lakeside walk’ took an unexpected turn into an open clearing of trees and grass, home to an unusual piece of art

The house itself was closed so no tour for me yesterday. It was too nice to be indoors anyway!

There are so many pretty gardens there in Farmleigh, the Sunken Garden, a walled garden, a vegetable garden. I took lots of pictures of them the last time I was there (taking pictures of flowers is a penchant of mine!) but this time a little bunch of flowers hiding from the sun in the shade of a tree caught my eye

I came across the saddest horse ever in the paddock, he looked like he needed a big hug or a good rub or something, look at his poor face! Maybe it was just a little too hot for him.

A further walk out along the lake took me along the glass-like lake, the water was amazingly calm apart from when a duck went flitting across the surface!

And back out to the Phoenix Park itself with me where I did find an empty bench under a tree in the sun where I could read my book in peace-bliss!

EVERY weekend should have an afternoon like this don’t you think?

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