Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Spring in December ♥

With the thrill of Christmas over and us all feeling smothered by a bout of coughs and colds which just won't shift, we decided that a good dose of fresh air was just what we needed. The Christmas weather was a complete washout, meaning that my great plans of a lovely family Christmas Day walk went out the window, so when the forecast showed just one sunny day this week, we couldn't wait to get out the door and blow away the cobwebs.


Sunday, December 17, 2017

Our Woodland Christmas Tree ♥

I don't know if it's because I'm not a child anymore, or if it's because the world has changed so much in recent years, but Christmas just doesn't seem to have that unbelievably exciting and magical atmosphere it once did for me.


Thursday, December 14, 2017

Winter Wanderings ♥

Winter is upon us, with her bitterly cold days, winds which burn your face and those odd spots of wonderful sunshine which make everything feel lovely again. This year is the first year that I've really struggled with the cold. The tips of my fingers are always numb and I'm never fully warm - even when sitting in front of a roaring fire.


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Hibernating ♥

Ah winter, a season which I thought I loved (I was always adamant that I liked each of the seasons equally), but which keeps going down in my estimations on a daily basis. I'm sick of the grey skies, lack of light and the never-ending drizzle. I'm a tired and freezing cold mess and at this point I'm just longing for spring and all it's beautiful blooms.


Friday, October 27, 2017

Doneraile Park in the Autumn ♥

Last weekend we returned to a place we had visited earlier in the year, a place that was filled with beautiful nature and photo opportunities in almost every spot - this of course made my heart very happy, being a snap-happy person of course! This place was Doneraile Park.


Friday, October 13, 2017

Our Whimsical Days ♥

I can't give my children everything I wish I could.

We sadly don't have fancy holidays or trips to Disney, simply because we cannot afford them. This makes me quite sad as I also have a partner who has been dying to return home to South Africa for a holiday for over ten years now... hopefully someday soon we'll get there and other places, but for now we're home birds.

The children only get new toys on Christmas and birthdays and in their defense, they never ask for anything either. Nevertheless, the house we live in is covered in a plethora of toys, almost all of which go unplayed with - the boys instead embracing being outside, playing chase and jumping on and off the couches.

They are wild. They're loud, adventurous, curious, always on the go, playful and happy - just as children should be. Keeping them from getting bored though can be a challenge and I try to take them out as much as I can.

Luckily for us (and my picture taking self), our little walks always seem to turn into a little adventure and although the things we come across may seem so ordinary and boring to others, we find them magical.

The other day, one a very sunny and warm October day - after hurricane Ophelia had done her damage to the island, we ventured out to one of my favourite places, hoping to take a stroll down to the strand. However, a tree had fallen over, blocking the path and I wouldn't let the children go any further for fear the tree might come down on top of them. Instead we stayed in the boreen, playing with the leaves, looking over the walls to the sunny fields beyond, taking pictures and generally just having a laugh with each other.

See, I'm learning as I get older, that it doesn't matter where we are, but the people we have around us that is most important. My younger cousin was with us on this day, helping me get Beau to laugh whilst dropping leaves on him, I then let her take her first pictures with a proper DSLR camera and she was only delighted, showing as much passion for phototaking as I have myself. It was so lovely to see and I hope one day one or both of my boys also have that love for snapping pictures.

From the boreen we walked the short distance to the little cottage my grandmother grew up in. The cottage would have been so beautiful in it's hey-day with it's church-like arched windows and tiled pathway... now it's ivy-clad, crumbling and abandoned, but still stunning.

I let the children hop over the wall and take a peek through the window frames. Tyler sat on one and the light flooded down through the tree tops above, giving beautiful natural light flares to the pictures. I live for natural light flares.

It was such a simple day, but for us 'slow living for life folk' what could be better than sunshine, clear blue skies, quiet country lanes, abandoned houses and good company?

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