Growing not growing up

by Alison

I turned 30 at the end of January. The night before, I was doing a bit of drinking thinking and all I could think was if you had asked me what I wanted to do when I was twenty- travel, go surfing and eat cake would probably have been high on my list of priorities. 

I can happily say that my answer would definitely include all of these activities.  Not only do I still love all of these things but over the past couple of years my life has started to revolve more around these activities. Therefore what else would I want to do on my birthday then travel to an exotic location, go surfing and celebrate in the sunshine. As is often the way, things don't work out quite as imagined. The surf, travel and adventure might not have come in one neat package but just like turning a birthday into a birthday week, it seems like this year is going to be filled with different adventures (more on that in posts to follow).

Ollie was due to be on the boat on my birthday so the weekend before we had a lovely party in our house. Some family, some old friends and some new ones, filled our house and made me feel very special. Considering I didn't know a soul when I moved here January 5years ago, I feel pretty lucky to have met such lovely people. So this weekend was spent making, offering and eating cake- my birthday already on a winning streak.

Then by happy circumstance Ollie's leave home was extended and I decided to take my birthday off.  With only a day, exotic travel was a little out of the question. So too was surfing as the winds were pretty forceful. However the sky was clear and the sun was shining so we headed to the Burren, to explore a little bit closer to home. We might take the Burren for granted as its only a couple of miles up the road but people travel from all over the world to see it and its nice to be reminded how special it is. 

After visiting the Burren perfumery and Hazel Mountain Chocolates we went for a hike. Mullaghmore is a perfect place for an easy hike. About 600m high, you can choose to follow one of the marked trials or your can just make your own path over the mountain. 

The light this evening was special. It was that glowing west of Ireland light that warms everything it touches.

The last decade has seen me move from the city to the country and I feel pretty privileged to call both home.


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