A Day out in Donegal Part 1 – Moville to Greencastle Coast Walk

Recently my brother and I got the Foyle Ferry from Magilligan to Greencastle in Donegal on 2 separate occasions and had a great time as we both had our cameras, several hours to explore and no children!! After a very short sailing we arrive in another world, another country (I am not getting into the politics of Ireland, the history of Ireland, the partition of Ireland here). The fact of the matter is we were in Donegal and it’s different and that’s just a fact of life – the distances are in kilometres, the currency is Euros, there’s an Irish Customs office in the harbour… It got us talking about how things will change with Brexit. At the moment we can sit in Northern Ireland at the ferry terminal waiting for the ferry and there are no checks, no staff even and when the ferry arrives we just drive on and drive off on the other side. It is so easy. No one checks my car, no-one checks our ID. What will change? Will we not be able to make a spur of the moment decision to go over the border and go for a walk? Will we have to make sure we all have ID? I am dreading Brexit. There is so much uncertainty.

Anyway this post was not meant to be about Brexit. Is is about a lovely day out in beautiful Donegal. After getting off the ferry you turn left and follow the road as it hugs the coast for a few miles and you end up in the small village of Moville.  In Moville you can park the car (there’s a car park down by the shore, with public toilets) and start the coastal path to Greencastle – the path is about 2km.

I love the shore walk because there are lots of little beaches and coves and therefore lots of opportunities to beach comb which is a bit of a hobby of mine – one of my favourite ways to relax is to walk along the beach and have a poke about. There are lots of seating areas along the way and lots of photographic opportunities if you are a keen photographer.

Lunch time for the local birds

We watched this fabulous heron for ages. It was quite close to us as we walked along the beach and it waited patiently for a while and then managed to catch a couple of fish – I could have sat and watched it for hours.

After the shore walk we headed inland. We knew there was a very old graveyard near Moville so we went in search of that. We had read that it was hard to find but we got there quite easily following sat nav on my brother’s phone. We were so glad we went because what a lovely site!  It sits on a hill with spectacular views over Lough Foyle. It’s called Cooley Graveyard and there’s a high cross just at the entrance.

Very effective rope and pulley system

Some of the gravestones.

high crossThe High Cross

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The Skull House

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The Handmaid’s Tale

I read The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Attwood a number of years ago. I have read most of her books and they are absolutely fantastic tales. I am currently watching the TV adaptation which is being shown on Channel 4 in the UK. It is a fantastic adaptation and is quietly horrifying. It portrays a society where the government has been overthrown and fertile women are chosen to become reproductive ‘vessels’ for women unable to have children. They become prisoners and are raped by their new ‘masters’ while being held down by their master’s wives. It tells the tale of Offred who is played brilliantly by Elisabeth Moss. It is well worth watching on catch up. 

I think I’m going to re-read Margaret Attwoods’s novels. I recommend them all.

http://www.channel4.com/programmes/the-handmaids-tale/on-demand/66751-001
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38447.The_Handmaid_s_Tale

18 Summers

I was reading something recently and it said that we only have 18 summers with our children as children, young people. It really hit home with me just how short a time we have with them as children. 18 short years …

I am determined to make the most of my time with my boys. I have been lucky to have worked part time since my eldest was a baby (with just 8 months full time at one stage). I have absolutely no regrets. I could have worked full time and gone for more promotions. If I had  we would have had more money to spend on the house, on better cars and more foreign holidays but what I hope my children remember was that I was there a lot for them, that I was at every sports day, Christmas concert, Nativity Play etc.  They always say they like it that I can leave them to school and am here after school. When my eldest was born I really wanted to stay at home and was quite jealous of the stay-at-home mums but we needed another wage so part time it was. That was the right thing for me and my family and is absolutely not a criticism of those mothers who work full time. I have many friends and family members who work full time. I have followed my heart and that is what has worked for us.

I hope that the boys have wonderful childhood memories like I have of my childhood. It is our role as parents to give them the childhood they deserve. I see lots of quotes online about motherhood and there is so much pressure on mothers to be ‘perfect’. There is so much criticism of mothers on social media and I find it quite disgusting how a seemingly innocent comment can attract such nastiness and hatred. We can only do our best and follow our hearts.

My house is loud and messy.

That’s OK, because someday it will be quiet, spotless and lonely.

♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

History 

A History of Ireland in 250 Episodes https://g.co/kgs/SvJMT6

I loved history at school and studied it to A-level. Looking back I wish I had studied history and maybe english at degree level. Anyway I could go back and do another degree but I can’t afford it so decided to just enjoy re-learning history. I’m starting off with the above title, just a few pages per night before my novel. However, it’s very readable and I’m reading more than a few. Utterly amazing. Does anyone else read factual books for pleasure? If so, what is your choice?