MAKING THE MOST OF OUR INDIAN SUMMER – GLENVEAGH NATIONAL PARK
You all know what a fan I am of picnics, parks and general road trips. I thrive off them.
So when the Irish Indian summer of 2015 kicked in, I did my very best to squeeze the most out of it.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve been sightseeing all over Donegal – mainly because my boyfriend Conor decided to make the trip up and I wanted to show him some of my favourite places here. After travelling for more than four hours to get to Donegal, I didn’t want to overdo it with car time, so most of the places we visited were within 30-40 mins of Letterkenny.
Glenveagh National Park was a given. We spent an afternoon wandering around the gardens, visiting the Tea Rooms in the castle (where I waitressed once upon a time) and trekking up to viewpoints. The weather was ideal. There was a slight hiccup in the day when a child went missing and the park had to be put into lockdown, but the drama ended fairly quickly when it turned out that the child had just cycled a little too far away from his parents along the lakeside track back to the tourist office.
A trip to Ards Forest Park and Rathmullan beach were also definitely on the cards. I love beaches. I love nothing more than taking my shoes off, getting my feet covered in sand and walking along in the water. Now, although I loved doing this, Conor had other ideas. The words ‘freezing’ and ‘not a hope’ got thrown around a bit. I should’ve known not to expect a Dubliner to willingly get into the Donegal waters without a wet suit (Conor was very insistent on that one) but we found a happy medium whereby he just walked along the water edge beside me. I’ll know for next time though!
Aside from trips around the county (next time we’re going to Arainn Mhor and / or the Slieve League cliffs) I’ve also been doing some bits and pieces around Letterkenny town!
Last week marked Paint It Pink, an initiative by the Irish Cancer Society for Action Breast Cancer which involved people painting their nails pink to support the cause. Mum and I decided to do our part for the charity and volunteered to collect money at one of the stations in town. I know, if I’d really thought ahead, I’d have decked myself out entirely in pink clothing, but nope, I wasn’t thinking. It was actually such a lovely day – we had a great time doing it! Something which took me a little by surprise was the huge amount of young men donating to the cause. It was fantastic to see such support coming from all parts of the community! You can definitely count us both in for Daffodil Day and any other fundraising ventures of this more than worthy cause.
Just looking outside my window now, it’s shaping up to be another lovely day. I think I’d better fit in a walk or run today while the clouds are still no where in sight. I’m also popping into the local arts and crafts shop to buy some supplies for costumes coming up in October – Halloween is just a few weeks away, and (BIG NEWS) I’ve been chosen as a finalist in the Blog Awards Ireland 2015!