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Passage West Playground

A few weeks ago we planned an impromptu adventure day that led us to some hidden gems around Cork!  One such little gem is the newly renovated playground at Passage West.  Located in Father O’Flynn Park, Passage West the playground is well worth a visit.

Reopened in late 2015 the playground has a large climbing structure that caters to the more adventuresome kids as well as two pirate ship structures that will have the imaginative children shouting “Ahoy!”  

passage west playground

I know one little boy who thinks pirates are pretty amazing and can’t wait to be one when he grows up!  Finding this playground was a dream come true for him.

The playground has a smaller climbing structure and swing rocker for younger children as well as 4 swings.  One of which is an Expression Swing which allows parents to swing with their baby sitting face-to-face.  While the baby days may be over in this house I still had to try out the Expression Swing with my youngest.  I wish I had found some of these when the kids were smaller-  pushing kids on swings can get boring fast but not when you have a chance to swing with them.  

passage west playground

The nearby old railway line is a popular walk that is well surfaced and suitable for buggies as well people of all ages. It looks as though there is still some renovating going on in the remaining part of the park and we can’t wait to see the finished product.

Not far from the village is the Cross River Ferry linking Passage West/Monkstown with Cobh. We made the quick crossing on the ferry making the day complete for my little pirate!!!

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How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds

How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds

Roasted pumpkin seeds are a Halloween tradition in this house.   Every year I roast all the seeds and then eat them until my stomach hurts!!!!!  I’ve been known to get extra pumpkins simply for the seeds.

 

  1. Preheat oven to HOT  like 200 C
  2. Gut a pumpkin and get as many of the seeds as you can.
  3. Rinse in a collander and pat dry as much as possible.
  4. Spread seeds out on a baking tray and lash some salt onto them.
  5. Roast in the oven until crisp to your liking…give them a shake/ flip a few times so they cook easily.

 

Eat until you can’t stop!

 

You’re welcome!