Friday, 19 July 2013

Summer - And Nothing More....

Oh hello, there you are, or rather, here we are, in the midst of Summer! Do you see that capital S there at the beginning of the word Summer? Well, I have to tell you, this year it has to have a capital S, because that is what we are having, a proper, capital, long-awaited, hot, hot summer. And it just keeps going on and on and on, and we are not complaining, not one bit!



So, the floors have a permanent dusting of sand, the chores are done to a minimum, for as happens most other years, no matter what the weather, we have simply dropped everything and just taken ourselves off to one beach or another, and let me tell you there have been quite a few, with more to come.









Ahh, the joys of living on an island! I estimate we will have been to no fewer than ten different beaches by summer's end, with definite potential for others I haven't accounted for yet. With such a variety of beaches so close to home (and some further afield) it is impossible to not take advantage of it. Some are perfect for swimming, some for body boarding, some for rock pooling, and some for building epic sandcastles!
I am so very grateful to still have children young enough to have an excuse for spending countless hours, days, just Being At The Beach.






And for the days when other things take us elsewhere, the best part is, we can walk out the door in the evening, before or after dinner, and stroll down to the seafront for a dip, pausing to chat with friends or neighbours we meet along the way, maybe stopping for an icecream, or occasional bag of salty chips, watching the fairground rides against the dimming sky as we wander back up the hill to home.

11 comments:

Cait O'Connor said...

What wonderful blue skies for Ireland. And equally wonderful memories for you all. I love the seagull pic best.

Sadhbh said...

Isn't it the most incredible Summer EVER?! Though we sooo deserve it after that Narnia-esque Winter! No complaints here either!

The Fanfairy said...

Gosh, how lucky you are to have such deserted, pristine beaches near to where you live! Enjoy it!

Rebecca S. said...

We are also having the dreamiest of summers over here. Endless blue skies and beach time at local lakes.
It looks incredible where you are and I wish you all continued summer bliss.

Kerry O'Gorman said...

I swear that looks like a California dream! Our Island, like Ireland is not known for it's super warm summers, but we too are having an endless one and I can certainly relate to the minimizing of chores while my nieces have been here...joyous days by the water is a true gift this year.
Happy Sun days to you!

Gigi Thibodeau said...

This post is blissful--a perfect summer dream. So glad you are having a real, hot, sandy, blue-sky summer, Ciara! xoxo Gigi

Half-heard in the Stillness said...

Ah your photographs are truly lovely! Come what may your little ones will remember this long hot summer no question.

affectioknit said...

...it sounds perfect!

~Have a lovely day!

Ciara said...

Thank you, my dears. And so it continues. So very grateful for these lovely temperatures we are still having!

Terra said...

These beaches look fun for young and old, especially the ones with shallow water where the children play.

Mimi said...

It is pure bliss Ciara, isn't it?
The minimising of chores is a great way of putting it, and I wish for the days of young children for beach outings :(
seagull pic is amazing!