It’s exciting to notice that spring has finally arrived in the city once more, and I feel a strong urge to get out with the camera and capture it. Bright green leaves are breaking out from their buds, birds are busy nest building and flowers have begun to blossom – it’s a good time to seek out nature in the urban landscape. There’s nothing quite like the burst of green that spring brings, it’s so refreshing for the soul.
Daniel & I packed up a picnic and paid a visit to Dublin’s Marlay Park. It’s not exactly warm enough for picnicking yet, but that didn’t stop us from enjoying a small meal together outdoors (warmed by cups of tea and coffee of course!). It was a pleasure to see new life springing up around the park, from buttercups to apple blossoms. Marlay is a wonderful space, full of mature trees and a large variety of plant life. It contains a well tended walled garden, where we met some of the park’s more raucous inhabitants, the peacock and peahen pair you see here. He was busy displaying his tail feathers to hungry jackdaw intruders, while she was keeping the other residents of the aviary in line with sharp pecks!
Marlay Park has plenty to offer visitors: weekend food and craft markets, a dog park, a playground for the little ones, plenty of sports and an abundance of ice cream vans! Marlay House itself is a beautiful example of Georgian architecture; craft markets are sometimes held inside the house, they can be a great opportunity to take a peek inside. It’s well worth a visit, especially during the summer months when the trees are in full leaf. Daniel & I well definitely be paying another visit during the summer months, can’t wait for the peonies to open in the walled garden!