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Time for a recharge

I forget all too often to take time out and recharge the batteries. Between my commercial graphic and website design work and then crafting and blogging in the evenings and weekends it sometimes feels like I am always in front of a screen of some sort.

So last week Molly, DaddyMoo and I took ourselves off to a quaint little self-catering nest on Valentia Island, no wifi for miles, just fresh air, sand, walks and chats – a screen free retreat – and I feel great. Too bad it couldn’t be longer than one week – the joys of being self-employed!


Quaint does comes at a price however! the self catering cottage we rented didn’t ‘quite’ live up to expectations, but thankfully our sense of humour was flying high, and we were so relieved to be ‘away’ that we laughed our way through all the hiccups – such as the doorknobs coming off in our hands and getting stuck in the house, tiles falling randomly and noisily off the walls, a nest of bees in the stove chimney that could be heard ‘buzzing’ mad behind the kitchen walls, running water coming and going at will….
I think you get the picture :)

For all it’s quirks we enjoyed ourselves on the paradise island of Ireland. Would I go to the island again? yes! would I stay in that cottage again? heck no :))


Beach time for my girly girl! The gardens around the cottage were filled with colour-bursting blooms –  hard to resist putting some in your hair for a walk to the beach :)

2014-08-12_0009Every day we took a stroll around the estate garden walks, and every day we went in search of fairies. During the holidays Molly became obsessed with map reading and navigating our way through the estate and around the island. Everywhere she went she took a free island map – she has a ‘collection’ of them now!!

The fairies were elusive, as you would expect, but we found their ‘safe forest’ down ‘bamboo boreen’ and voila…. the fairy tree.


On ‘sailing day’… DaddyMoo’s favourite obsession (he has a few of those and they all relate to boats :) Molly was very nervous and I think her nerves got the better of her because about and hour and a half offshore seasickness took hold and we had to turn about and head back to the marina. I hope it hasn’t turned her off sailing for life…. but for now it’s an emphatic NO when asked if she’ll go sailing with daddy again.


The day before we left for home Molly finally relaxed enough on the beach to play, build and bury my feet! She must be the only child in the world that doesn’t like beaches!!


And then there was the fresh homemade fudge (oh boy!!!), hot chocolates and cuddly new friends that came barking every breakfast, lunch and dinner time for whatever we were having, he wasn’t fussy :)

What a wonderfully fun family holiday – we were together, we were happy, we want to go back :)




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