This week is a little bitter-sweet for me. It’s my last week working in the job I’ve had for 15 years, which means it would be my last week walking into town in the mornings. I love my walk into work. I go past the port and the river and there’s always something going on. Many of my photos here and on Instagram are from those morning walks. So, I decided for this week’s theme of Black and White to do a port shot.
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One of my favourite beaches here is Inchydoney outside Clonakilty in Cork. There are two beaches or sometimes three depending on the tide.
The beach is always busy and there’re always people in the water. Plus the hotel has lovely food after a long walk!
Sometimes in Ireland sunshine seems so far away. We had a lovely few days, but the rain is back again now. Here’s the sunrise from yesterday. It was slightly foggy and the sun just hung there for a moment.
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This week hasn’t been very spring-like. I drove to work this morning in a blizzard and it’s freezing. We took a trip to the beach on Sunday and got soaked wet from spray from the ocean! It was the perfect weather for kite surfing though 😉
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Happy St Patrick’s Weekend! This year we’re very lucky that 17th fell on a Friday, so we have 3 days to celebrate! This post is especially for Nicole over on Just Live It. I think some people in other countries have an image of what it’s like to celebrate St Patrick’s Day, so I decided to show what it’s like as an Irish person in Ireland.
I really believe that it’s more important if you’re Irish abroad. It’s a chance to be proud of your nationality and meet up with others. When I lived in Italy I made a big effort to make little bags of green, white and orange sweets to give to my classes. For me here, it’s a nice day off to catch up with friends. I don’t have green decorations in my house or wear a leprechaun hat or go to a parade.
So here are a few photos of my day yesterday. We started off by taking advantage of the dry morning with a nice walk in the woods looking for fairy doors (we were lucky in Cork that the rain stayed away). This was followed up by a traditional breakfast. Some people prefer mushrooms or tomatoes with their fry, but I’m a beans person all the way.
With full bellies it was off to the pub to catch up with friends, drink proper beer and bet on the Gold Cup! A great day was had by all.
I did wear green for the day and I was lucky 🙂
After that it was off home to watch some rugby. Unfortunately the under-20s and the women lost their matches, so today’s match is all for pride.
Source: Irish Rugby
I’ll be shouting loudly for the Boys in Green today.
And so I’ll just leave you with a final message from Dublin Airport…..
Today’s reflection is a bit closer to home than the one from last week. This one is from Gougane Barra, Cork. The source of the River Lee.
I’ve posted many photos of Gougane Barra over the years because it’s a place I love to go for hiking, and to see the little church and ancient monastery ruins.
I’ve been missing the beach recently. The weather hasn’t been great and the beaches have been battered. I might need to change that over the weekend.
Sunset at Garretstown, Cork.
Have a lovely weekend 🙂