Well, at the moment Ireland is hit by “The beast from the east”. Europe as a whole seems to be hit by that cold front, and almost everybody might have a good laugh about my headline.
Who wants to walk along the beach these days?
Nobody! (at least not voluntarily)
However, the days before this cold front were wonderful sunny and mild and they will be afterwards, too. It’s already the end of February and the first warmer days definitely will come. The weather forecast for the weekend looks already better and then you can enjoy a few hours at the beaches in Ballycotton Bay.
This February acts like April. Snow – frost – rain – sun. Every day a bit different but it tends to be a bit warmer some days. And once the sun comes out, you can feel the power. However, the piercing wind finally seems to turn north rather than south and now we have the opportunity to walk at the beaches and the cliffs. And County Cork has a few nice walks along the coasts.
Believe it or not, it’s only about 50 days to go until Easter. No, it’s not an April Fool’s joke. It’s true. In 2018, Easter Sunday is on the 1st of April! Time to plan what to do on such a special weekend. Why not try the Northeast of County Cork?
To be honest, going for a walk or a hike at this time of the year, can be a big effort for some people. I don’t exclude myself. To make it easier for me to go out and if it is at least for half an hour or a bit more, I search for somebody to join me.
On the way, but more or less by fortune, I found a few locations in Lee Valley. Amongst them is Farran Forest and Coachford Greenwalk.
The kick for the head (by Denise Jeitziner)
Nothing relaxes people as reliably as nature
Research in relation to nature in hyper civilization (natursoziologie.de 6/2014 Jeitziner)
It’s said, nature is good for you. It pulls us outside when we feel restless.
To the river, to the lake, into the forest, to the mountains. Intuitively. Afterwards, we usually feel better, more relaxed. Scientists have been studying the question of how nature affects our psyche for decades.
The more I go walking, the more I feel, what I missed in the last 10 years. Unintentionally. Driven by duties, finding a balance between job and life, acting between sunrise and sunset. Like all of us. Unfortunately! Life is no walk in the park.
The first weekend in January 2018 was freezing cold. But it was so sunny and that’s why I decided to walk in one of my favorite areas.