April 13, 2013 by talkaboutyork
All day I’ve had the lyrics to Take That’s ‘Greatest Day’ song playing in my head. I couldn’t figure out why. It wasn’t like I heard it on the radio or anything. There was one line in particular I kept humming: ‘And the world comes alive, and the world comes alive’.
Then I realised why. It’s because the world, well York at any rate, did come alive today.
We took our bikes and cycled to Rowntree Park. The sun was shining. My children were in t-shirts. There were people out. Everywhere. They emerged like blinking bears after a long winter of hibernation, all somewhat startled to find themselves outdoors at last. Families on bikes and scooters, couples walking along hand in hand. The little red boats chugging along the Ouse. Ice cream vans had customers. Bouncy castles were bouncing.
Spring has at last sprung.
Rowntree park has mud where there used to be grass thanks to the volume of flood water that covered it for so much of winter. But the blossoms are on the trees and it’s all drying out.
If you haven’t yet visited the Rowntree Park Reading Cafe, you must. It’s part of the York library network. It doesn’t have a massive selection of books on site, but there are plenty to choose from plus newspapers and magazines and children’s books to browse through. When the sun is shining, you can sit at tables and chairs overlooking the duck pond in the park while your children zoom up and down on their bikes, exploring on their own. They do great coffees and cakes too. I think it might just become my new writing haunt as it also has free wifi.
Anyway, to celebrate the sunshine, we’re about to go to our first BBQ of the year. It’s not quite flip flops and summer dress weather yet, but the world has indeed come alive this weekend. Long may it stay that way.