Thursday, 13 August 2015

Rainy Holiday


Hello all! A couple of weeks of the summer holidays left, and I just don't know where the time has gone. The weather this summer has not been kind, and was even less so last week when we took ourselves off on our holidays to County Donegal (my happy place) for a whole week. It bucketed down with hardly a break for 4 of the 7 days, but we didn't let it stop us. We got soaked to the skin numerous times, but that's typical Irish weather for you.


The last two days the sun shone and gave us a bit of heat, so we took a walk through the perfect Poison Glen of Gweedore. Noah was napping, so we missed him on this little adventure. Jack loved it. He wanted so badly to join his Daddy and I on our climb up Mount Errigal. We were advised against it, and it was just as well. It was a challenge as it was, and definitely no place for a 4 year old. Even the dog, who has two legs up on us found it a struggle. Plus, on the way down the heavens opened and we basically slid the whole way back down. It became really a bit treacherous!



We rent a huge house for the week with the extended a family, and Jack, who is a chatty social little being loves the company. There's always someone to have a natter to. I think he must miss the interaction as he has been talking my ear off this week. I alone am getting the conversation he would have spread around 15 people. It's a lot for one person to take!




Jack says when he's a 'big man' he wants to live in Donegal. That's the dream. I've told him we'll go with him. Every year I come back to the city and dream of someday moving to live by the mountains and the sea.





Noah was only 10 weeks old when we took him here last year. 14 months now, and he was able to properly appreciate the beach, the company, and a little break from normal routine. What a great holiday, and such a lot of special memories made.  Here's our week that was, which was just full of action and fun.

1. Tiny feet enjoying the sand
2. Beach times
3. Climbing Mount Errigal, Co. Donegal
4. Bucklepping and Snorkling
5. Archie and Noah build Sandcastles
6. Big Jack, Little Jack
7. Poison Glen
8. Bro's

52 comments:

  1. Ohhh those pictures are adorable! What a beautiful family! #WeekendBlogHop

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  2. I love all your photos, but the ones with Big Jack and Little Jack are darling!!! Jack looks like he loves his brother so much!!

    Have a great weekend!
    Karren

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  3. Wow! That's something special. The photos are gorgeous as always and I love the colours. I read on Facebook (I think that's where I saw it) that the Irish summer means the rain is a bit warmer. ;) Thanks for linking on Amanda's Books and More!

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  4. what great pictures , shows life at its best
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  5. It looks like you all had a wonderful holiday, even if you did manage to be soaked to the skin multiple times a day. Jack's smiles in all these photos show that he's really enjoying his family time with you guys exploring Poison Glen. Irish weather sounds a bit like Cornish Weather at times! Thanks for linking up your family fun with me on Country Kids.

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  6. Mountains are in my happy place too. Sadly nowhere near me in the foreseeable future.

    I am almost too distracted by the fabulous photos to ask, but I must know why it is called the Poison Glenn!!?

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    1. Glad you asked, it's an interesting answer!

      The name 'the Poisoned Glen' is probably a mistranslation of the Irish name. In earlier days locals would have only spoken Irish and they called this place 'Gleann Nemhe' ~ The Heavenly Glen. The name in Irish for heaven is Neamh and the word for poison in Irish is neimhe ~ just one letter difference so it is easy to see how the words may have been mixed up when translated to English.

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  7. Beautiful photos. Damn that Irish rain - I remember when we went for a field trip, we spent the whole week soaked. #countrykids

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    1. Haha! I can imagine! Thanks for your visit. Come back soon. X

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  8. Looks like you made the most of it, anyway! Such a beautiful scene!

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  9. Beautiful photos from your holiday. It looks like you had fun.

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  10. Love the photos, very atmospheric. We're off to the north west highlands of Scotland this week so I'll be expecting rain then too! #countrykids

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    1. Yes, Scottish weather can be similar to our own dreary Irish weather. Anyway, I'm told there's no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing, although it didn't matter what we wore on this holiday. We still got soaked. So buckle up! Enjoy your holiday!

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  11. What STUNNING photos, such a beautifully happy family and I love the location too looks totally amazing. Really captures a beautiful holiday x #Mysundayphoto

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  12. No wonder County Donegal is your happy place, it looks like it has lived up to its name despite the rain :) Beautiful photos.
    Wren x

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  13. Absolutely gorgeous. Our summer break is officially over today.

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  14. Beautiful collection of photos. It looks like you've had a brilliant time

    Thank you for linking up

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  15. You truly have the most beautiful family and the area you live looks beautiful too. xx

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  16. Gorgeous! Your photos are beautiful and reading your post brought back lots of happy memories of family holidays spent in Donegal. I remember the rain too...but when the sun shines there's no better place :)

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  17. You have a beautiful family! I never get tired of looking at your post! #countrykids

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  18. wow what wonderful happy pictures you look like you are all having so much fun

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  19. Your happy place is definitely a beautiful one and what fab photos to cherish. They really are lovely. #MagicMoments

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  20. How stunning, I'd love to explore Ireland. Glad you made it down safely, that sounds a bit hairy! X #TWTWC

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  21. linking up for sundays in my city.
    http://cabralfamilyblog.blogspot.com/2015/08/sundays-in-my-city-crescent-bend-nature.html

    Stunning photo. you have a wonderful family and its nice to see by the fact the weather didnt cooperate very well, it didn't stop you from enjoying it.

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  22. Absolutely gorgeous pictures, It sounds like you had a lovely time despite the horrible weather!

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  23. A beautiful collection of pictures - I'm sure you'll treasure these pictures and memories for quite some time.

    I have a lot of family in Donegal - my late grandmother was born and raised there - however I've only visited once as a toddler. Your pictures make me want to visit even more!

    Sharing snapshots at Captured By Jade

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  24. Neat series of photos!
    Please come link up at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/08/double-play-on-way.html

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  25. Such happy photos. I love all the smiles. The weather looks perfect.

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  26. Great photos of your boys, you little one is growing so fast!!

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  27. Loved seeing YOU is some pictures! I always enjoy your boys but now I know what their beautiful mom and dad look like! Looks like a great holiday. Thanks for linking up with me at NanaHood.com

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  28. I love the photos and thanks for showing me parts of the country I live in and haven't visited... As a mother of 3 energy-filled boys, I must check it out next year #whatevertheweather

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    1. Oh how interesting your from here. Your boys would love it, I'm sure! Check it out for defs.

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  29. What beautiful photos and sounds like you had a wonderful holiday in spite of the weather. Glad you had a couple of sunny days too! :-)

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  30. Stunning photos, I absolutely love all of them!

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  31. Beautiful photographs of a beautiful family!
    And where's the rain on the pictures???
    Regards from Germany!

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  32. Love your photographs. I'm a Brit living in the US. When we come "home" to visit England, I love it when it rains. It's so refreshing compared to the intense humidity rain brings in the summer in Massachusetts. We were there for a wedding for my brother last week and guess what, it rained!

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  33. Such stunning pictures! Looks like you all had a magical time :)

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  34. You have beautiful photos nonetheless! They are charming and fun filled! Love the smiles!!! Thank you!

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  35. Your photos really are stunning! What a beautiful place to spend some time together :) #whatevertheweather #countrykids

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  36. Tell jack he can marry Aoibh and move to Donegal! Glad you got an answer for the poisoned glen - kinda embarrassing that I didn't know this! Oh and tommy said bad weather is no excuse for not getting out - inappropriate clothing is!

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    1. Jack and Aoibh, sittin' in a tree!

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  37. Oh my gosh your pictures are just stunning!!!! What a beautiful place to visit and such lovely memories made. Wow it's so good you didn't take him on the walk with you, especially if it got treacherous in the end. It's so great you still enjoyed the outdoors despite the rain. Thank you so much for linking to #whatevertheweather x

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  38. Beautiful photos and such a gorgeous place to visit, no wonder he wants to move there! It looks similar to areas of Scotland, I have my heart set on living on the West coast of Scotland one day, somewhere North of Oban. Must have been nice to get up the hill, even if it rained and was rather slippy.
    Thanks for linking up to #Whatevertheweather
    P.s. Could you please grab the badge to add to your post or sidebar? You can find it on the linky post or on my sidebar. Thank you! :) x

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  39. You take the most beautiful pictures! Every single one of these shots are so atmospheric and tell a story. Thank you so much for linking up to #MyCapturedMoment xx

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  40. Aww beautiful pictures, such a lovely family you have :)

    Thanks for linking up to the Wednesday blog hop..

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  41. What a BEAUTIFUL blog you have! I can't believe that I haven't discovered you previously.

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    1. Thank you so much, Amber. How very kind of you to say. Come back and visit soon!

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  42. Stunning photos, it looks so beautiful there. I've never been to Ireland and this post is making me want to go so badly! Jack has such an amazing smile, his personality really shines through in your photos. Thanks for sharing with Living Arrows.

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  43. Such beautiful set of photos, I love them all. Such stunning backdrop to get those photos too.

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