Thursday, 3 September 2015

#ExploringEastCork - Local Surroundings, Cobh

We often take for granted what is right on our door step, forget to appreciate the surroundings we are in every day, focus on the negative rather than the many positives and I find I do this a lot about my home town. 
The place that has been my home for 23 years. where I had my most influential years, where I went to school, made life long friends, met my life partner, brought my son home to...
It's the place, that no matter where in the world I've been, I can't wait to get back to, as much as I might have wanted to leave.
It's where I first learned to drive, ride a horse, had my first part time job, went to my first night club, had my first kiss, also my first heartbreak.
It's where we all gathered for our school debs before heading off on a bus for one last hurrah with our teachers and classmates.
It's the place where I learned to stand on my own 2 feet, stand up for myself and be proud of who I am and where I'm from.

Cobh is such a pretty town, more so in the Summer months when the sun is shining and I love nothing more than walking "down town" of an afternoon, watching the boats in Cork Harbour, seeing Luke run straight for the playground in the promenade, getting a 99 from the BMC, driving around for ages trying to find a parking space and then feeling victorious when I finally do! 
Sure every town or village has it's bad points, same for every person but for any negative points there are so many more positive ones to focus on. 

I don't get many chances to take in my local surroundings with the busy everyday life routine especially when working in the city but when I do I love to remember just how nice our town is and how on many occasions the community spirit has been just what I've needed, how a walk out the 5 foot way to clear my head is all it took to make things seem brighter.
There's so much potential in this town and I hope for only good things to happen here, things that will keep the town going strong, things that will make it an even better place for my little boy to grow up in. I can only hope he'll have as many good memories as I do. 

If you are ever looking for an afternoon out, why not pay my town, an island if you will, a visit? Take a walk along the water front, grab a coffee and enjoy the surroundings.

Town train that will take you on a tour of the area, a big hit with the kids!

What's over there?! 

The Promenade, down town.

Luke considered being a sailor when a tall ship visited Cobh recently

Port of Cork

St Colmans Cathedral


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