We had a wonderful house a long way from the road with a superb secure garden and it's own beach.
Which meant lots of this...
Usually followed by this...
Owen had to do his Ice Bucket Challenge but with lack of ice he did a North Atlantic with Seaweed one instead.
Trying to get anywhere near the fire in the evenings was a bit of a challenge.
John took the beachcasters and a lot of wishful thinking.
So everyone wanted to join in (Mike is in the background on the rocks).
One of the many local residents.
A nine month old pup being shown how to survey one's patch by a nine year old boy.
A misty Croagh Patrick on the day Elsa and Mike chose to run up it. Which they did in superb time too!
A view from the Sky Road. I just love the way that island tilts out of the sea!
The Twelve Bens or Pins seen from one of Ireland's fabulous roads.
A family group shot. But we're missing one!
Oh no, there she is.
Olivia's first beach.
Four stages of swimming. Kofi not too sure, Ellie the paddle steamer, Remi not wanting to go too far and Ruger in the background practising for the next Olympics.
Tully has this real thing about cleaning up the sea. She has to bring anything she can ashore including seaweed. This was a huge clump still attached to rocks and she spent ages trying to drag it in.
Some more of the locals.
Up in the Twelve Bens.
And home again dreaming of still swimming and running and playing ball and warm fires and long views.....