Day #218 “On Inisheer, on Inisheer, Love, I shall wait you here…”

Despite a rushed start to the morning, we were at Doolin Pier nice and early to catch our boat, The Doolin Express, to the Aran Islands. This boat did not have the most… interesting name of the lot. That dubious honour went to a boat named MV Happy Hooker. “That’s better than having an unhappy…

Day #217 The sunny side of Doolin

It’s amazing the difference that sunshine can make to a place. Monday was a bit of a mixed bag but yesterday was gloriously sunny, despite a few patches of rain. Instead of windswept desolation there was an endless expanse of deep blue sky and verdant green farmland. Instead of a dark echo of the past,…

Day #216 Who needs crystal when you can have calcite?

Yesterday we decided it was time to venture out beyond the village for some wee adventure. We didn’t have to go far – literally ten minute drive down the road – to find a spectacular experience: the Doolin Cave, or as Hawkeye called it “the big BIG tunnel!” I was a little nervous about how…

Day #215 The desolation of Doolin

Yesterday has been a lot of much needed nothing. A laid back, slow, do-nothing sort of day needed to recover from the madness of pre-holiday chaos, packing, traveling, etc. It was also a day where I mostly spent hiding from everyone (including my own kid) and feeling generally unsociable and uncharitable thanks to a persistent…

Day #213 Oh no, not more days of the week!

We overnighted at Nana’s last night before we continue on into the west of Ireland later today, and as I was repacking a few bits this morning I came across the pack of Hawkeye’s underwear and remembered that I meant to have a little rant about these. The Mister swears he hadn’t noticed when he…

Day #211 Go Dark – T minus 1 day

I’m in the middle of the pre-holiday frazzle. When you’re pulling out everything you need to pack but haven’t actually packed it yet and you’re not yet organised enough to feel like you’re on top of everything even though you’re making lists and you’ve done this loads of times before. That frazzle. It’s late and…

Day #210 Toddler impressionism

Hawkeye’s second attempt at painting with watercolours. We’re calling it “sunset over hills and forest”. In case you’re curious, the first attempt was titled “how to disintegrate paper into a brownish-grey blob a by repeatedly painting painting over the same spot over and over and over and over again with different colours and excess water”.…

Day #208 Artsy Craftsy

I ventured into an arts and crafts store this weekend and walked out with a giant armful of stuff to experiment with for toddler craft projects. We’d done stuff like this outside of the home, such as workshops at the National Gallery of Ireland or The Ark, but at home we have mostly stuck to…