Monday, April 24, 2017

The First Days of Summer ♥

The first days of summer are upon us already, and my goodness what great ones they have been. The sun has been 'splitting the stones' here in our part of Ireland and we've taken every opportunity we possibly can to get outside.

The air has that real feeling of summer, hard to describe in words, but you know that warm, fresh scent of happiness and calm that the sunshine brings, tied together with freshly cut grass, blooming blossoms and salty sea air. Summer just exudes happiness and a sense of calm and it's so good for the soul.

We've already laid out on a strand, soaking up the sunshine whilst our eldest skims stones on the still water. We've cooled off in the shade of trees whilst strolling through woodland flooded with light. We've sat on the grass having picnics, whilst the baby fully embraced his freedom by crawling around trying to catch crows who were trying to steal our sandwiches. I even went to so far as to go bare legged in a dress - something I haven't done since the pre-baby days!

If the rest of summer is any bit as wonderful as these first few days have been, then we're in for a real treat.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Bluebell Boys ♥

On a warm, sunny Friday afternoon we returned to one of the most beautiful places I've ever visited in the East Cork area - the stunning Ballyannan Woods. This was a place we first visited in May last year when I was 39 weeks pregnant and the woods were a sea of bright hued bluebells - a gorgeous sight to behold!

I decided at that time that we would one day return with our baby in tow, and this week was our time to do just that and although we were a week or two too early for the bluebell display, there were a good few dotted around the woods in bunches.

The floor of the woodland was also covered in a carpet of bright yellow buttercups and other white flowers which I don't know the name of, but they were still pretty nonetheless. This spot is most definitely a 'fairy wood' if I ever did see one, what with it's wild flowers blooming, fallen trees with cushions of thick moss to sit on and glorious sunlight flooding down through the treetops, it's nothing but picturesque and such a fairytale setting.

We had the whole wood to ourselves it seemed. It was so quiet and we got to enjoy it, taking pictures amongst the flowers and Tyler playing house in a gathering of fallen trees and deep hollow valley in the ground. It's afternoons like this that I live for.

We'll be returning to the wood to witness the bluebells in their majesty in two weeks time. I already can't wait. No doubt I'll have fun photographing my little bluebell boys once again.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The Joys of Spring ♥

I can't even express in words how happy I am that spring has arrived, and in all it's radiant glory too.

I like to think that I enjoy elements from all the seasons, but in reality I've always been a spring girl - beginning with my March arrival into the world, fond childhood memories of spring lambs, chicks, bunnies and Easter and now my love of flowers and spring outings with my own children in my adulthood.

I've thought for a long time now of creating a series here on the blog representing the aesthetics of each season as seen here in Ireland and although I'm not the best photographer, I think it'd be a lovely little project for me to work on and document my seasonal memories of my surroundings and my children.

So here is spring in all it's glory - flowers in bloom, splashes of colour amongst the green, bright heavenly sunlight shining down through the trees and my very own little deer experiencing the joy of his first ever spring right before my eyes.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

The Castle on the Beach ♥

A bright but blustery and blisteringly cold February day led us to Little Island, where we went in search of somewhere new to explore.

I like that we're a family of explorers, always thirsty for adventure and new places to discover.

It warms my heart knowing that our eldest boy, Tyler, is a lover of finding new places to run, jump and search about in too - his love of finding new places makes for the most perfect of photo opportunities for me, making me a very happy camera mama indeed.

Nestled on the beach (or should I use the term 'strand' for craggy, rock dotted shorelines such as this) is Carrigrenan Tower, an abandoned, decaying ruin that is free for anyone to explore.

I don't think this is a castle as such, but Tyler had great fun pretending it was and he even exclaimed when he set eyes on it - "A castle!".

Honestly, the excitement an old, crumbling ruin can give to a child and their imagination is such a precious thing.

The bright blue skies and shining sun made for the most colourful of lens flares - just adding to the magic of our little adventure even more.

I love stumbling across abandoned places such as this. There's so many abandoned, crumbling buildings dotted around the Irish countryside and they make for the most beautiful of photo backdrops too.

I'm going to begin a series on here named 'Abandoned Ireland', to show some of the lovely, charming little abandoned houses and ruins we come across on our travels.

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