Is it really more than 3 months since I last posted something? I can easily believe it. What excuse would you like me to make? I have many, but thankfully this time I’ve no reason to blame a black dog – far from it. In fact, life is good.
Really, the only dampener over the last few months has been the weather. With a good work-life balance now (thanks to a new job) it could have been wonderful summer, but let’s just say memories of it are dominated by wind, rain and cold.
We’ve not swum in the sea even once this year, and that’s unusual. I don’t mind cold water, heck I’ve even swum in the Atlantic above the Arctic Circle, but when there’s little shelter from a relentless cold wind, a dip in the ocean holds little appeal.
We probably should have headed south this year on holiday, even back to Devon, but with a lot of uncertainty it was hard to plan ahead and, as we had a commitment to attend a wedding in Dublin, we decided to turn the trip into a holiday. We’d a hankering to go back to Connemara in Co. Galway, having last been there some 20 years ago. It is a beautiful area.
We saw a lot of changes in 20 years but it was as stunning as I remembered. There is something wonderful about the white sand beaches you get in the west of Scotland and Ireland. Great walking when the rain held off, and fantastic food, however it felt more like September than the end of July. In fact the September at home is turning out to be warmer. As we left for home, Met Eireann, the Irish Met Office, was reporting the stats. Here is their detailed monthly summary.