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Living Arrows 29/52 – Great outdoors

“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth”

I have been a fan of Donna’s Blog for some time and I kept meaning to join the Living Arrows linkie and never got around to it.  So im super excited to join for the first time.  This week in the Mamma Fairy house its all about the great outdoors.

Wild West (and wet) Donegal 

Wild Atlantic Way Donegal

Wild Atlantic Way Donegal

We spent a wonderful weekend in an extremely wet Donegal! By 12 o’clock on the Saturday having arrived late Friday, I heard “im bored” more than once as the rain lashed against the window pane.   And I mean lashed,  it looked like the  middle of Winter out. The Dada Fairy suggested we don the rain gear and head our to explore the place where he grew up.  The kids needed no encouragment, I on the other hand wasnt quite as eager!

Wild Atlantic Way Donegal

Wild Atlantic Way Donegal

We took some photos on our walk and I look back on them and im reminded of how much history and memories places like this hold. Memories that will soon be long gone as generations depart and move on. This is the Dada Fairys home place and he has such a strong emotional tie to here and its (and his own) past. He loved telling us stories some his own, some he heard over the years.  This was where he played as a child, where he went fishing, exploring, climbing walls, hiding in ditchs and messing no doubt.  He is a total outdoors person and I can see how much the kids are like him and how much they love being outside.

I’m so glad I didnt let the rain get in the way of our day exploring as I was very tempted to say no we must be mad.   We came home hours later, we were soaked through, the kids were exhausted from the walking but most importantly they were happy, happy we were in Donegal, happy we were all together, happy we were having fun and quite literally dancing in the rain. There really is something quite magical about the squeals of your child dancing in the rain.

In the words of the Yeats – “Dance there upon the shore;What need have you to care; For wind or water’s roar?And tumble out your hair”



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  • Reply Laura - Dear Bear and Beany July 22, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    Well done for not letting the rain stop you, I’m not sure I would have done the same. But really if you have the right gear there is no reason not too. Sounds like you had a great time x

  • Reply Amy July 24, 2017 at 7:35 am

    Looks like you had an amazing time despite the rain! I love taking my children to places I loved as a child, such special memories.

  • Reply Cath - BattleMum July 24, 2017 at 11:11 am

    Yeats is one of my favourite poets. Such an apt quote. I’ve never been to Donegal but would love to. The furthest north I’ve been is Achill Island. And I too hate going out in the rain but end up enjoying once I’m out. Glad the kids enjoyed it!

  • Reply Laura's Lovely Blog July 24, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    It looks like you had a lovely day, I’m like you I am often tempted to cancel plans when it’s raining, but as long as you have the right clothing, it’s still fun isn’t it?

  • Reply Mudpie Fridays July 26, 2017 at 11:26 pm

    Oh yay welcome to Living Arrows I started joining in with this, this year too and its my favourite post each week!! I don’t think I have ever taken my two singing un the rain but I am going to start!! Sounds like great fun x

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