I have dusted off the Fitbit in effort to get more active and fit. It is also in combination with a determined effort to start losing weight. I have become very very overweight and it is making me extremely unhappy. I am the only who can do anything about it. So this morning I went for a walk on the beach and am at 5.5k steps already so onwards and (weight) downwards!
Like most Northern Ireland mums it’s time to start thinking about the children going back to school in a little over 2 weeks. How time has flown again. When the 8 weeks of summer holidays first start I dream of long hot summer days and evenings at the beach, in the garden and it seems like such a long time we have. Then in the blink of an eye it’s nearly over and the dreams of long hot sunny days and evenings remained that … dreams. As with much of the summer the weather has played havoc with our plans for fun days out so we have just done bits and pieces in between the showers.
Yesterday we had a lovely day in Cushendun (for the second time this summer) which has become one of my favourite places for a day out. My brother and his family came along too so it was nice to spend quality time with them.
Cushendun is a little village on the coast of Co Antrim and most of it is maintained by the National Trust. It is very picturesque so bring a camera. The village was designed by Clough Williams-Ellis who also designed Portmeirion in Wales. Quaint it definitely is.
You can read all about it here:
We started off with a walk to the caves. We parked at the little car park at the beach (the entrance is beside The Corner House tea house). The caves are featured in Game of Thrones so might be recognizable to some readers.
After the caves we spent what felt like hours on the beach. The youngest children splashed about in the sea while we walked, talked and beach combed. It was lovely.
There’s a great little play park in the village at Glenmona House with a few picnic tables and public toilets. We had our picnic there and refreshed we headed along the coast to Kinabane Castle outside Ballycastle. The castle is just a ruin but what a spot!! It has a car park and toilets too. Access is down a long narrow road so be prepared for oncoming cars. There is a car park. The castle is accessed by a set of steps which are numerous and steep but worth the trip (I did feel like I was going to have a heart attack by the time I got back up the steps though – it is VERY steep).
We found these beautiful crab shells the other day at Downhill Beach. We will add them to the nature table for a while. They are the shell of a spider crab and it’s the first time we have found them so that’s always exciting.
Then I got this from my brother who was visiting the same beach a few days later … his first time finding one too. This is why I love the beach.
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I absolutely love the Sean Duffy series by Adrian McKinty and was delighted to find the 6th book in the series as an e-book from my local library. Sean Duffy is a police detective based in Carrickfergus in Northern and is a rare breed in that he is a Catholic officer in a predominately Protestant force. He is rebellious and irreverent and funny. I think he would translate very well to a TV series (any chance BBC NI?)
In this novel is is investigating the murder of a local drug dealer and has somewhat mellowed now he has a partner an a young child. He still gets into many dangerous scrapes but again an excellent story which I loved.