Company’s Gardens

Company’s Garden is settled right in the heart of the city, and is a huge park with a rose garden, amazing vegetable garden and lots more. ¬†You can’t forget to buy a pack of peanuts to feed to the crazy amount of squirrels following you around. It doesn’t feel all magical and Disney like as Ireland having squirrels following you around, these squirrels seemed rough and like they would take your wallet to go buy their own peanuts. ¬†The views of table mountain is amazing from the gardens.

The gardens were established in 1650’s by Dutch settlers and has South Africa’s first cultivated pear tree that has stood in the gardens since 1652.

Personally the park was a little bit too intense for me, the constant harassment from beggars and  people who just assume your a tourist, trying to scam you was a little bit too much for me, but poverty is a big thing here, I would probably just give the gardens a skip next time.

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^^ Fat squirrels sitting up on the tree.

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^^ This squirrel made a run or my ankles.

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^^ Another squirrel.

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^^ Autumn-y

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^^ Table mountain from the gardens.

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^^ Seagulls always sitting on some statues head.

Oh deer, its Phoenix Park

The other day we decided to get ourselves back to Phoenix Park, this time with some carrots in our bag and a less frightened attitude.  I tend not to trust skittish animals, with fighting weapons on their heads,  but we persevered and had an incredible day.

Phoenix park is an amazing park its incredibly huge and amazing. ¬†Its filled with wonderful things to explore including the Wellington Monument and the popes cross. If you are into monstrous towering things, these two things will make you gasp! ¬†We ended up having a small picnic by the cross, ¬†bringing a packed lunch is so old school, but so worth it, you never know where you will have an impromptu picnic. ¬†With all the walking we do in Dublin we are ravenous almost all the time so we have some kind of treat with us at all times. You never want to be hangry when you have an hour walk back home, your husband will start looking like a monster that’s starving you after a while.

We skipped the first herd of deer, because they looked rather fat with the amount of carrots they’ve been fed and went exploring, Carl decided to try his tracking skills and assured me only one deer passed through the wooded area, while I was pointing towards the 30 deer just relaxing on a rugby field. ¬†These deer seemed to not have had the sweet taste of carrot in a long time and came rushing towards us, while I desperately tried to get a carrot out in time. ¬†Getting surrounded by deer is not fun, but fun all at the same time. ¬†I did learn to get out of a sticky situation with greedy deer is to treat them like dogs and throw carrots like a ball, they go running after it, while you can make a clear run out of there.

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^^ a tiny Carl.

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^^ Dublin has made me extremely dog crazy.  I feel like running after ever dog I see, screaming let me stroke you!

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^^ A lovely stream.

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^^ Carl found this branch and went a little crazy.  This is his Gandalf impression.

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^^ His harry potter impression.

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^^ and this is me trying to lift the branch, it was really heavy.

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^^Woody photos are always amazing.

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^^Carl, the deer training gentleman.

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^^ Dublin is like a disney movie.

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^^ It seems like Carl is slapping the deer with carrot.

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^^ A triangle of deer.

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^^ Trying to leave unnoticed. ¬†It didn’t work.

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^^ When you have a bag of carrots in your hands all eyes will be on you.

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^^ Towering Cross.  We sat at the top of the stairs had a little prayer and enjoyed a delicious lunch.

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^^ Two birds just chilling at the top.

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^^The view.

 

I’m On A Boat…a row boat!

A while back Carl and I decided to go try our hand at rowing, technically we wanted to go paddle-boating, but we couldn’t find a place to get our leg power on. ¬†I’ve got incredible leg strength, but I ¬†literally have no upper body strength. ¬†Its like two spaghetti strands just trying to make it on my body. ¬†I didn’t let that stop me! I tried and tried, until we got dizzy from going in a circle the whole time. ¬†Carl on the other hand was a natural, that man is an incredible rower, he even had this look of determination on his face that was just really cute.

Everything was going well until I discovered bread in the boat and decided to feed it to the ducks. ¬†They completely ignored the bread and ¬†paddled faster than anything I’ve ever seen trying to kill us. ¬†No, I’m not exaggerating. ¬†They had a look in their eye, that said ; ” We are gluten intolerant, woman! How dare you?!” ¬†I almost tipped the boat trying to escape. ¬†In that moment Carl could have won an Olympic medal for rowing. ¬†Thanks for saving me husband!

Its definitely a fun, cheap and beautiful thing to do.  Take a picnic, row, run away from ducks and just go laze around in the beautiful park.

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^^ So beautiful and serene.  A great place to get lost in a book or just get lost.

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^^ Another photo with me and a tree. ¬†I don’t know what Carl is trying to tell me, its obviously not that I’m tall.

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^^ Tree!

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^^ Danger walking.

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^^ Great form.

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^^ Not so great form.  What is my hand doing?

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^^ upper body strength.

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^^ Spaghetti arms.

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^^ The view was nice.

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^^ The light on the water was magical.