Today we took Anne to visit Wicklow Mountains National Park, one of the most beautiful places on earth when the weather is right. Today didn't disappoint, we drove a well trodden route, stopped off in several places to take a break and some photos and had lunch in Glendalough. Every time we drive around the park the scenery is different and it always feels like a new experience. Enough of the tourist plug... We all had a very relaxing day and enjoyed each others company immensely. The great mountain air has us all like nodding dogs early in the evening so it will be an early night all around. Great weekend!
Yesterday, with the weather being so beautiful (in the mid 20s) we headed off to Brittas Bay on the east coast, about 40 mins from the city centre. There are an abundance of beaches along the way but none as good as Brittas. We have Sam's friend, Anne, from our old neighbourhood in Aylesbury staying with us for a few days, so it was a great opportunity to show her the sunnier sights of Ireland. It was a mission getting the double buggy onto the beach but we managed if not a little exhausted by the time we got there. Once the girls were sun creamed and had sunglasses and hats on they were out of harms way - apart from the odd passerby with flip flops flicking the sand into the breeze and the girls got covered. They'll soon learn that if you go to the beach expect to get covered in sand :) I had planned on leisure paddle out to sea to bask in the sun, but after I dipped my toe, it was never going happen - the water was baltic! We stayed for a good couple of hours and really enjoyed it. The girls enjoyed it immensely, they never stopped gabbling while we were there. We finished off the day with dinner in our favourite restaurant, the Angler's Rest. Tomorrow we plan on a leisurely drive through the Wicklow National Park.
Just a quick update to let you know we are all doing really well here, basking in the sunshine for a change. It's amazing how a little sun can change the mood so much. We need more sunshine to help with our ecenomic recovery. The girls are great fun to be around at the moment, butter wouldn't melt :). The teething has progressed to a whole new level and keeping us awake for several hours every night - when the feet start to curl you know they are in real pain, bless them. It's has gotten to the point where we are sleeping separately with one each so they don't wake each other. We cannot wait for those white pearls to start sprouting. Hopefully normal sleeping arrangements will resume as quickly as possible. Just some pics of the week.
Dad (Owens) was admitted to hospital yesterday for the second time in just over a month. Thankfully, and after a full medical and CT-Scan, he has been diagnoses with Colitus (inflammation of the large intestine) and nothing more serious. Colitus can be cured with antibiotics and rest. In typical Dad fashion, he isn't happy with The Galway Clinic, a beautiful private hospital, he rather be admitted to Roscommon which is nothing short of a residential home. He misses the number of visitors he would have if he were at home in Roscommon Hospital. He's in extremely good hands and will only be in for a few days. He had a great time playing with the girls early and they too enjoyed his company as they giggling non stop. Get well soon dad.