and some easter snaps!
Easter holidays are always some of the very best I always think. A good long rest, coupled with nowhere specific to be and no agenda in place is definitely my type of holiday.
(Not forgetting the 679 eggs that we managed to gather up. Any festive period celebrated with chocolate has my vote!)
Andrew took a full week off work over Easter so that we could spend some proper family time together. We headed to the very North of Ireland for a few days to unwind and enjoy some beach time and it was very much needed. I often think that sea air cures most things, and it plus my gang were the perfect salve for me this past weekend.
blue skies and beach days…
Kilahoey beach has to be one of the prettiest on the whole island of Ireland, mostly because of its sheer vastness. You can walk for miles and hardly see another soul – just sea and sand and the wild coastline of the North. It’s a really special place. Ernie was particularly loving it, and it’s always a bit of peace of mind for us taking him off the lead when we can clearly see him from a distance. I mean, he never really looks too happy but I think he was definitely smiling on the inside. 😉
PS. How much does this top photo look like a painting? So, so pretty!
We went to Ards Friary last year on a really similar weather day and it’s definitely the best place for sandcastle building as it’s a little more sheltered from the coastal winds. The scenery around this part is just breathtaking. We always say it, but if we just had a little more good weather in Ireland you honestly couldn’t be anywhere nicer. This little beach reminds me so much of Robinson Crusoe, and also the amazing one we found in Jersey last Summer too!
moments like these…
My parents have a painting in their lounge of this exact spot at The Downings. My mum had it commissioned as a birthday gift for my dad many years ago but I only really paid attention to it a few weeks ago. We took a trip around the coast at sundown to try and find it, and I’m so glad we did as these are some of my favourite pictures in a very long time.
People often ask me why I bother with this whole blogging and Instagram thing and I can tell you truthfully that it’s to record moments like this. Before it all I wouldn’t have bothered to snap this moment or the hundreds of others that precede it. I love so much that I have them, tiny captured moments in time. For me, they are simply illustrations of a feeling or an emotion.
I’ll always remember this evening as being one of wind and waves, children’s laughter at the sea edge and a dripping, salty pup who had his first dunk in the Atlantic ocean. Of course, chances are I’d have remembered that anyway, but what harm does it do to create a beautiful image of it? It’s an expression of my creativity I guess. A love letter (or postcard, if you will 🙂 ) to my little family. First and foremost for us, and occasionally for you too, if it’s in a place that I think you really might want to know about. This guys, this is one worth finding.
I hope you all had the loveliest Easter break!