I was prepared to dislike Bloom intensely. An artificial festival about plants that I expected to be expensive, crowded and beset by traffic jams. But I gave in a few years ago when I was stuck in Dublin on a sunny Bank Holiday weekend and I needed an alternative to the Henry Street shops for Smiley. As always I was anxious that first time, wondering if it would be disability friendly or more stressful that I could tolerate. But I needn't have worried, it always seems well organised and they look after disability fairly well - free parking close to the event, no queues for the disabled toilets, and enough space to get around on the (bumpy) paths. It has so much to offer too: a wonderful music tent (where we spend most of our time), lots of places to buy coffee and cake, an amazing food market, playground, even a science display, and of course all the show gardens and lots and lots of opportunities to buy plants (we bypassed that section since my fingers tend to be more brown than green).
|The Breast Cancer awareness garden|
|Our favourite coffee place|
|My favourite garden|
|Smiley enjoying the music tent|
|The fabulous food market|
On Sunday we went to the Vintage Car Rally in Bray Co. Wicklow, with a lot of great help and advice from Twitter about accessibility, disabled parking space and toilets. All are there, even on the sea front, but they fill up on busy sunny days, like this one. We ended up parking in a housing estate and walking into town. I must've sweated pounds.
So why vintage cars? I used to be a car nut until I had to get a wheelchair accessible vehicle, and occasionally I still take an interest. Besides a good day out was promised. That we had.
|It's all in the pose!|
|The best ice cream ever?|
|My first car. Almost.|
|I want this one, Mum!|
I hate to say it, but I'm always a bit disappointed by this event.
Perhaps because I'd rather be doing the Dublin Women's Mini Marathon that is on at the same time - they won't let me push Smiley round, even though she'd love it. I've asked. But it got us out for a couple of hours and the ships looked fabulous in the sunshine.
I'm not sure how I'm going to top this next weekend...