Friday, August 28, 2015

Day 19? The end of Mom's holiday to Ireland

Well, this is the last evening before mother leaves Ireland. We had so much fun having grandma here, and I think she has had a wonderful time too! I've lost tract of the days because I have not been here the whole time... but the details of all that will have to wait a couple weeks more.

We got back Sunday morning, and we have had a great three days with Mom since then. I wish she could stay in Ireland longer, but she's been here almost three weeks now, so I guess it's time for her to go home. The last couple of days we've gone out to eat at lovely restaurants, went shopping downtown Cork, and found some great deals and even wonderful antiques. Mom found some beautiful silver stuff that is old and beautiful. We saw another castle, Blackrock Castle, and went to Cork's beautiful St. Finbarr's Cathedral. It's been so fun. I really could not have asked for a better time together!

While we were gone, Mom took the boys in taxis and did all sorts of fun things. She went to Crosshaven to "The Merries" which is officially called Piper's Funfair. It has all sorts of fun rides for the children to go on. They went to the cinema and saw, "Ant Man," and another day went to "kool kidz korner," which is a great indoor playplace where the boys played for hours. There's a giant bouncy slide, basketball court, and a large jungle gym where they climb all over and up different levels. They walked down to Carrigaline for ice cream cones, the sweet shop, the bakery, and the park. I could not believe all that they did while I was gone. I am glad that they had a great time together and made such happy memories. The boys really love their grandma, and they will miss her so much when she's gone.

St. Finbarr's Cathedral

Blackrock Castle

The Merries at Piper's Funfair in Crosshaven

Cork City Centre

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Day 5: Rock of Cashel

It's been a fun week! Today we went to the Rock of Cashel. It was another beautiful, sunny day in Ireland, and we felt so lucky! My favorite part was lifting the stroller up and over an iron fence that only allowed walkers to enter. This pathway connected us from the Rock of Cashel to another medieval cathedral. The walk was decent enough, so we needed the stroller. We had some help from people watching us try, and it was much easier with their help. I really thought the walk was lovely down from the Rock of Cashel to this lesser known cathedral. It was in the middle of a cow pasture, and we were completely free to just walk onto the field to this beautiful medieval building. I didn't think we'd want to spend all day in Cashel, so made plans to go to the beach again if we finished early. But Cashel is a great little place, and we ended up spending the entire day wondering around. It has been so great spending time with my Mom, It's different being able to show her everything instead of just telling her about it over the phone.

The boys loved running up and down at the Rock of Cashel. This cathedral was built up on the highest part of the Cashel, The boys enjoyed "mountain climbing" the base of this great cathedral.

I really love this photo of William and me. William is just so full of love and I think this pictures his sweet spirit and loving nature.

I just love my three sons! They are so incredibly wonderful boys. They make life worth living, and they are so good to come along and make the most of it. I know they would rather just go to a park or sit home playing with their toys or watching movies, but I really love that they can come along and have fun with me. All summer long we have tried to get out of the house everyday, and I think it has been such a great summer--full of adventures and fun memories!

 Side view of Rock of Cashel. They have been doing repairs since I first arrived in Ireland two years ago.

This photo was take up at the Rock of Cashel looking over the valley. We ended up walking down a lovely little pathway to this other medieval cathedral.

Here's Mom at the Rock of Cashel!

 Here's another view of Rock of Cashel, on the opposite side from where we began. I love the sheep roaming all around the hillside.

Here's the other medieval cathedral in the middle of a field.

My mountain goat climbing up the old wall. It's incredible to me that we are able to just run around these old ruins. There are so many similar ruins in Ireland, that I don't think they have funding to keep it all in better care. Living here I have seen hundreds of ancient old ruins: cathedrals, castles, forts, burial grounds. Buildings that were built not just hundreds of years ago, but even thousands of years ago. One burial ground we went to just outside of Dublin was built before the Egyptian pyramids.

Well, it was another successful day trip with my wonderful mother in Ireland! Happy memories xx

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Day 4: Charles Fort, Kinsale, and Garrettstown Beach

Today was another fun day showing Mom around where I have lived these past two years in Ireland. We picked up some baked goods at the Carrigaline Lidl, then went into Douglas to collect my cousin, then we were off to Kinsale. It was a beautiful, hot sunny day in Ireland. These days, even in summer, are so rare, so I am especially glad that we had planned on going to the beach. It was great. The road we took out to Kinsale, I had never been on before, and it was wonderful. Super small and windy and I had to pull off to the side of the road a few times to let cars pass.

We met some friends at Charles Fort, and we all had a great time running around, seeing all the different rooms, looking over out to the ocean, and just enjoying the warm summer day.

Then we went to the beach. It wasn't the nicest beach, but the tide was slowly coming in and it was shallow. The sun beating down on the shallow water all day must have heated it up, because it was the warmest ocean swim I have ever had in Ireland. It was great to swim out in the ocean with my mom and one of my good friends. We just all had a great laugh and spent a long time out in the ocean together. The kids all had a go in the water, but didn't last too long. They really enjoyed running in and out of the water, playing in the sand, trying to fly a kite which never flew, and eating all sorts of snacks and some fruit.

When we got home, we were too tired to do anything more, but other friends came over so we sat around and had a good laugh. It was a really fun way to end the evening.