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.


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Snowdrops & Daffodils ♥

On Sunday we returned to one of our favourite places, the beautiful Blarney Castle and gardens. It's least to say I love this place, there's something to look at every way you turn and it has a real magical sense about it too, especially with it's stunning grounds filled with folklore and flowers.

We visit here all year round, but February is almost a time when we must visit, to capture sights of the pretty snowdrops and daffodils and take Tyler's birthday pictures - it's now a tradition for us.

The air was absolutely freezing on Sunday - I was regretting not bringing along my mittens, but thankfully the sun peeped out just long enough for us to capture some pictures amongst the beautiful blooms.

This was Beau's first encounter with daffodils and I have to say, he was quite taken with them, immediately cupping them in his hands and bringing them up to his nose for a closer look and a sniff.

It means so much to me to see my children interact with the nature around them. Seeing a baby witness the changing of the seasons is such a magical thing and experiencing each one with them is so precious. Spring and summer are the last of Beau's first seasons to witness, although of course, being a May baby he lived through last summer, but was not quite old enough to enjoy it in all it's glory.

We'll be making sure that we embrace the warmer seasons and all the beauty they have to offer. For now we'll continue to enjoy the changing of the seasons from the snowdrops and daffodils - snowy, cold scenes to sunny, bright landscapes.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

The Secret Garden ♥

Outdoor adventures in beautiful places is what I live for. I long for sunny, clear blue sky days, where I can bundle up my boys and head to the most stunning of locations for leisurely strolls, flower spotting and nourishing the children's imaginations.

For the past few days the boys and I have been frequenting stunning gardens that are just a few minutes away from our home by car. Having somewhere so idyllic just on our doorstep is a real treat and honestly, if I could go there everyday, I would.

I think these past few visits to the gardens have been quite enlightening for me. It's suddenly hit me that my eldest boy is quite grown up now, able to walk beside me or run off ahead, but always knowing to return - unlike all those times before where I would have to run after him, much to his dismay...

He's no longer that little toddler, but a little boy who has the most amazing imagination out of anyone I've ever met. Sticks are his new favourite thing, bonus points if they're bent slightly so he can pretend to fish in the pond and muddy puddles.

He is now happy to hold my hand as we walk around, in fact, he asks for it now - such a contrast to that little toddler who used to try and wriggle away at all times. He will be four in just over two weeks time and although my heart is breaking slightly at the thought of it already being four years since we welcomed him into our lives, it melts knowing that he's becoming a lovely, imaginative and happy child, who has so much love to give and is friendly beyond measure.

Of course he has his off days, days where he's naughty, even though he knows he has done wrong, but I can never stay mad at him for long because honestly, he's a joy to me and I couldn't be prouder of him and all he's overcome.

To see my children exploring the world around them is one of the most precious things to me. I hope we will forever be nature lovers, craving fresh air, sunny skies and lots of outdoor adventures.

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