The day of the local municipal elections – Wednesday, 18 May 2011 – was declared a public holiday. Having done our civic duty even before breakfast by having our thumbnails marked with ultraviolet ink (to prevent double-voting) and casting our ballots at the local town hall, we took advantage of the fabulous weather to head on down to Green Point Urban Park.
About a year ago, Blew-girl – surely the most beautiful border collie in the world – had shown us all around ‘her’ Park, which was still under construction at the time. Have a look here. Since then, we have walked around the Park on a couple of occasions (lots of photos can be found here), and each time, there was something new to see. We were curious: What would be waiting for us this time?
We duly met up with Mom and our two friends, V and L, with their tiny baby daughter N, and parked our cars at the Green Point lighthouse end of the park, otherwise known as the West Gate.
Weighed down with picnic paraphernalia and pushing along N’s pram, we ambled peacefully down the broad central thoroughfare, past a pond with a magnificent water wheel, water lilies and a flock of squabbling gulls.
Turning off onto a side-path, we found ourselves a spot at one of the wooden tables and benches, and unpacked our picnic. As it also happened to be the Birthday of Someone Very Special ;-), we had brought along an absolutely scrumptious chocolate cake in celebration.
After polishing off most of the cake and all of the tea, we figured that it would be wise to work off some of the excess calories and sugar by continuing our exploration of the Park, and investigating the new exercise equipment at the Green Gym. The tricky part was getting a chance to try out the different machines, because these had proved a definite hit with the kids, who really gave the equipment – and themselves – a thorough workout. I guess we’ll need to come back when the kids are all at school!
We also showed L and V the Biodiversity Garden, which we’d enjoyed so much the last time. It really is a special place, particularly if you are curious about indigenous plants and learning about ecosystems and quite a bit about our local South African history too! I found the wire sculptures, with plants growing over and on them, most intriguing.
This is such a beautiful environment, that we’ll definitely have to come back to explore it a bit more.