There is nowhere in the world like Ireland when the sun shines. 

Bad weather was forecast the May Bank Holiday. I remember my protests of ‘Ah, No’ and ‘Will I have to de-ice the car again?’ when my Dad told me a cold front was coming in. Not sure what dodgy weatherman my Dad has been listening to but his info couldn’t have been more wrong. It was absolutely glorious. One of those days that causes a ‘Hotter than Spain’ Headline on the front page on the next days tabloids. The cherry on top being that Dara was off work, which only added to A’s excitement.

First stop on the exploring Galway in the sunshine now we have a car was Cappagh Park. A wonderful mixture of a five-year-old certified cool playground, various football pitches and Barna woods, which has fondly been renamed ‘nature trail’. I love this place, it is clean and open with lots of space so even on busy days it doesn’t feel claustrophobic and sweaty. It has the ideal balance of being in a city but feeling like you’re not in a city. If you’re not from the city that probably makes no sense whatever!

The bike was out for to stretch its wheels​. Living on a slope in a county that rains a ridiculous amount means herself doesn’t get much chance to get great practice, so it was great to see her progressing and enthusiastic.

The Tuesday after the bank holiday was an even more beautiful day, as soon as I got home from the school run I packed the beach bag. There was only one place a day like this was made for and that is the beach. I checked tide times for Silverstrand. I then had to Google what high and low tide meant. Like I said, originally a city girl. Landlocked city girl at that.

After collecting A from school, and a ten minute conversation explaining that I had clothes in a bag for her and no she wasn’t going building sand castles in her uniform we were delighted to see a quiet beach. We have visited Silverstrand a few times in our near three years in Galway, but it is rare to get a day as wonderful as this on the Wild Atlantic Way.

More days like these please would be great. Are we actually going to have a decent summer this year? The thoughts of it. Imagine! How did you take advantage of the great weather last weekend?



  1. Mieke
    May 14, 2017 / 8:34 am

    Enjoying the blog Ger💙

    • May 14, 2017 / 10:20 pm

      Glad to hear Mieke and thank you for sharing too. The support means a lot x

    • June 18, 2017 / 12:11 am

      Great inisght! That’s the answer we’ve been looking for.

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