Sunday, 14 August 2016

Summer in Ireland


We're just home from our fab, but oh so wet, annual summer holiday in Donegal, in the north-west of Ireland. Every year our extended family rent a large house together and have a week of craic in this beautiful county. Now, I don't ask for much from the weather – I have lived in Ireland all my life so am well aware that Ireland has 4 seasons and you can't escape the rain throughout any of them – but the past 7 days were just beyond the pale. I can abide a bit of rain – heck, we're not even fair weather walkers and will brave almost anything – but I am talking non-stop, sideways, torrential rain almost all of the time. And if you don't see rain in these photos it was a very rare break when we declared "look, no rain - quick!" and jumped out of the car for a quick explore before it started again. So disappointing. Especially since last years holiday was plagued by rain the whole week long too. As the week went on the weather got progressively worse. Except for the day we left! Typical.

First day, and a wee touch of sun!




I'll curb my bellyaching about the weather for a bit to show you this wonderful contraption... Behold... The YippieYo. This arrived all the way from Germany, just before our holiday, the perfect holiday companion for an active family! 


The story of the YippieYo begins in Germany, in the 1960s. Heinz Hofelmann, an active father of two  wanted to be able to take his kids on long outdoor excursions, but couldn't find any suitable means of transporting them. Sound familiar? Story of my life! Therefore, he built a type of vehicle for his sons, specially designed to negotiate rough terrain and uneven ground. The YippieYo is basically a cart, except it has one axle, which makes it much more flexible and manoeuvrable. With this little cart, Heinz enjoyed lots of adventures in the woods and meadows with his sons. How wonderful that must have been for them all! And so, the original version of the YippieYo was born.


Now, this idea has been taken and developed by YippieYo with the help of a renowned German design and construction firm, and remodelled it into this totally new category of outdoor all-terrain buggy, suitable for all outdoor environments and every day use, all in keeping with the highest safety standards.


So, why YippieYo? Here's a little bit about the innovation and quality of this product:

Innovation. More freedom with children in the great outdoors – that is major benefit of this new all-terrain “Crossbuggy”. Specially designed for off-road use, the buggy has to meet a range of special requirements – performance and manoeuvrability on tough terrain, long-term durability, as well as safety and comfort for two little passengers - demands that only a real all-terrain buggy can meet. Thanks to the patented frame construction and the innovative design, the YippieYo Crossbuggy is pioneering a totally new category of child transport devices.

Performance on every surface. The YippieYo all-terrain buggy is at home on any and every surface. The low centre of gravity, the one-axle frame construction, a special suspension system, the lightweight aluminium design and specially selected mountain bike components make the YippieYo a top-class buggy with genuine off-road qualities. The one-axle construction and the “pull instead of push” concept make it highly manoeuvrable and help it to overcome any obstacle in its path.

Quality and sustainability. The YippieYo all-terrain buggy is manufactured using corrosion-resistant aluminium. The metal is formed into shape by means of a state-of-the-art tube-bending technique. Each element undergoes a separate tolerance test before being welded by hand to create a robust framework. Manufacturing is carried out in Switzerland, while the assembly takes place in a large sheltered workshop that employs people with disabilities. All the other components are purchased from renowned brand manufacturers within the EU. The chassis is totally 
recyclable.


The YippieYo is designed to hold two kids, and definitely not your almost-30-year-old Auntie Sarah, although as you can see, it held her larger bottom just as well. 


So, what did we make of it? Well, to start off, Noah (2) wasn't sure. Jack (5) happily hopped aboard and enjoyed the ride, whereas Noah had to be coaxed. However, after watching Jack, Noah came round and got in himself. After a while they just sat back and enjoyed the journey. 


At 6 months pregnant, I wasn't really in the position to pull this for very long, so that was left up to my husband and my Dad. They said it was robust, well made, and easily manoeuvred with a great break. However, there is no doubt that this inevitably gets heavy to pull. This would be best suited to small children, or kids - like mine - who are prepared to jump in and out, walking some of the time and getting pulled along at other times.



I was also sent a lovely detachable bag that sits just the back of the YippieYo, big enough to hold some bits and bobs for the kids. Plus, two LED lights that make the buggy a bit more visible. 





I think it's safe to say, I haven't seen anything else like this available on the market. Noah is just too big and independent for baby wearing now, but can't walk as far as us, so this bridges the gap. Plus, Jack can jump in too.

This folded up nicely to fit into the boot of our car. Of course, it could never be hugely compact - it is what it is. But I imagine it is about the same size as a double buggy in your vehicle.














See-shells





I best be off to start sorting out the mountains of wet, sandy and grubby clothes. The car needs to be unloaded, vacuumed and cleaned, and we have a serious lack of food in the house. The holiday is well and truly over. It's almost time to start thinking about back-to-school gear too! The summer has gone in quick. 

Thank you so much to YippieYo for sending us this bit of kit. No doubt you'll see it popping up again and again throughout my outdoor posts!

And please. To whom it concerns. Can we place an order now for some awesome (or even slightly decent) weather for next years holiday?

38 comments:

  1. What a lovely post..sorry about the weather! i do hope the order goes through for next time. That's a cracking little mode of transport there!

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  2. Such a shame about the weather but glad to see it didn't spoil play for you.

    That's awesome transportation the kids have - mine would love it
    #MagicMoments

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  3. My goodness there are just too many amazing photos here to even pick a favourite. Lovely bump also :) The weather might have not been great but I think it made your photos really interesting and beautiful. Pat - White camellias #livingarrows

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  4. Oh how beautiful! It looks like the most beautiful place, despite the weather! And the YippyYo looks fantastic! Would love one for my two girls! #MagicMoments

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  5. Simply lovely! Ireland and Scotland are both on my bucket list. I am of Irish and Scottish descent so it's exceedingly important to me to see where I came from. :)

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    1. You must come! You'll love it! Thanks for visiting Rachel! X

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  6. that Yippie Yo looks great fun and a great way to carry tired legs. gorgeous photos of your boys and beautiful Ireland as always. #TwinklyTuesday

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    1. It's always a shame when your holiday's brought down with bad weather but it looks like overall you still had a fab time away.

      Thanks for sharing with me on #CountryKids.

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  7. It may have been wet, but those photos are gorgeous, and the Yippee Yo looks great. #MagicMoments x

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  8. I haven't been to Ireland yet, and sounds like the weather is much the same here in Scotland, lol. Anyway, that yippieyo ride looks fun, I think it's ideal for kids to keep them going when you go out for long walks. Your photos looks adorable by the way. #Whatevertheweather

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  9. Whilst I'm disappointed for you that the weather was less than fabulous - it has made for some gorgeous photos!
    And that Yippie Yo!! I NEED one! It looks ideal for my three. Amy is getting to be too big for her pushchair now but we still need something for her on those long adventures!
    Thanks for sharing your review on #TriedTested this week x

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    1. You're welcome! Thanks for hosting! X

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  10. I didn't realize a third adorable child was in the offing - best wishes for a healthy delivery and a healthy child.
    Thanks for sharing at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2016/08/sweetheart-in-sepia.html

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  11. We love visiting Ireland and my Grandma is from Castlefinn in Donegal. The YippieYo is a fab bit of kit, we have a cart which is very similar...not so sure we'd be able to afford the price tag though! Great post, I'll order you some sun for next year xx #Whatevertheweather xx

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    1. Oh that's so interesting! And there's me saying there's nothing like it! I'd be interested to know what brand it is? I'd love a wee look!

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  12. I want that Crossbuggy! I want one so bad haha!

    Looks like you are having an awesome time =)

    #whatevertheweather

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  13. You always have wonderful pictures, your boys have grown so much, and congratulations on the wee one coming!
    Hope you have a lovely week! #OMHGWW

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  14. Awesome pictures and I love that YippieYo. That's so cool :-)

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  15. You are such a talented photographer. I hate it that it rained so much on your vacation but you still got some awesome pictures and I love the Yippe thing. My grands would love it. Blessings to your 3rd child and prayers for safe and easy delivery. Teresa - nanahood

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    1. You're so kind, Teresa. Thank you. And thanks for visiting. X

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  16. Love these wild and wonderful photos full of adventure. #LivingArrows

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  17. Your photos look like everyone had fun despite the rain. At least you had time with family which is always best.

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  18. All those wonderful shots and you get a rainbow in to boot.

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  19. It still looks a beautiful place to visit. Even in the rain. The cart does look like a great idea. I know my three would have hopped in at that age in a flash. #CountryKids

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  20. The dark skies make for some awesome brooding type photos, you still managed to get some gorgeous shots! The Yippie Yo looks great and perfect for pulling the kids when they are too tired or have sore legs! Hope your holidays are better next week! Thanks so much for linking up to #Whatevertheweather x

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  21. Oh wow, love the moody sky! The YippieYo looks ace, we're actually getting one soon and I cant wait for it now! x

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  22. Your pictures always grab me from the thumbnails. Your beautiful blonde boys look so striking against the beautiful landscapes. #countrykids

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  23. The YippyYo looks fun. Shame about the weather though, but I guess you don't go to Ireland expecting full-on sunshine. Beautiful country.

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  24. Such stunning photos! We could do with one of these for when we go camping, much easier than struggling with a stroller!

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  25. I love all of your photos, what a gorgeous place, I'm so sorry the weather wasn't kinder to you. I love the crossbuggy, what an amazing contraption, I can think of many times in the past when I could have done with one of them. Thankfully my kids are past the pushchair stage now, we just have to find places that are suitable for me in my wheelchair.

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  26. Sometimes exploring in the rain makes everything a bit more fun. haha. What lovely photos and I love the little crossbuggy! #Sundaysinmycity

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  27. Such a shame about the weather, but your photos are absolutely wonderful and that pull along thingie looks like it added to the adventure! All the very best with your last trimester - you look amazing.

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  28. Gorgeous photos!!! I'm so sorry about the rain too. #TwinklyTuesday

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  29. Absolutely beautiful photos, looks like you have made some happy memories, despite the weather. I love the photo of your boys on going over the bridge, with the rainbow in the background, amazing! The yippie yo looks fantastic, such a brilliant idea, I could do with one of those myself :) Lovely post #countrykids

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  30. Stunning photos and amazing outfits!

    Thanks for linking up to #FunkyKidFriday xxx

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  31. We keep staying we want to visit Ireland but I am a bit worried about the rain! I think even my kids would still be happy to jump in and out of a YippieYo!

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  32. Sorry about the weather. I like that YippieYo.

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