It's not often that my other half has a full weekend off, but when he does we really do try to make the most of it. This weekend was jam-packed and I'm still exhausted from it all! For me this felt like the first proper weekend of summer, even though the weather still wasn't as lovely as it should be for this time of year - the dead, clammy heat teamed with dull, grey skies don't make for a summer day for me... although I am Irish so maybe I should be used to a lacklustre summer by now?!
Saturday was our day to get things done and we found ourselves in the city, although I can't quite remember what we had originally gone there for... I'm losing my memory in my old age! We ended up picking up some new clothes for Tyler Lee in Next because he actually hasn't had any new clothes in a couple of months now and he needed some new things for summer camp, I also ordered him a couple of things from Zara - why there isn't a Zara in Cork City is beyond me, it'd be so much handier. I also popped into Waterstones to find some new books as I finished The Wind in the Willows on Friday evening and thought it nice to have a shiny new book to read. I didn't come away with any novels but I did get my hands on the Secret Garden colouring book which I've wanted for ages now, they actually had a whole stand of adult colouring books so I may just have to pick up another someday soon. Jacek also decided to treat me a book about turning your blog into a business, I haven't had a chance to open it yet (because I became too immersed in my colouring book!) but it seems to have lots of helpful things like media kits, etc. in it.
When we got home Jacek made dinner, I had been expressing my want of hotel potatoes (you know, those potatoes you get in hotel restaurants which are extremely creamy and cooked to perfection? Please say you do...) and the love went and made me some. It was lovely to have a family dinner at the dining table for once, usually we all eat at separate times as Jacek is usually at work when dinner time arrives. That night Jacek went to the Mastodon gig in The Savoy so it was just me on my lonesome... with my colouring book! I finished a whole page that night and was amazing at how entertaining it actually was, I'm gripped! I also gave myself a pamper with my Montagne Jeunesse Brazilian Mud Fabric Masque and a Terry's Chocolate Orange - yes I'm living it, large...
Sunday morning I was woken by Jacek wanted to go on a family picnic to Kinsale, a beautiful spot in County Cork and one which I had wanted to go and photograph since the summer began. Jacek got a picnic together and we headed off to the Old Head of Kinsale where I got some beautiful pictures of the cliffs and all the wild flowers there, which I've shared on my other blog Fawns & Fables. We hadn't been there since Tyler Lee was a baby and now that he's a wriggling, running toddler the experience was a lot different - thank God we had our BoBo Buddies bunny with the reigns to hold him back! It was the perfect place to visit on a Sunday and I'm so glad that we finally got there.
We then moved on down the road to Garretstown beach which is a surfers paradise and the perfect spot for my little beach babe. Tyler Lee actually dove straight into the tide with all his clothes on, he's crazy! The cold of the Atlantic Ocean didn't even phase him, he was busy splashing, giggling and just enjoying the water, he's a hoot. After a quick picnic on the beach we went for home, I wanted to get Tyler Lee warm after all his swimming attempts! It was such a lovely day and I'm so glad we all got to be together.
After a takeaway on Sunday evening we were all fit for bed and least to say we all slept soundly after all the sea air! I really do love it when we get to spend a whole weekend together as a family and get to visit beautiful places too. I'm thinking of making this a link-up every week so if you'd be interested in taking part please do let me know.
Weekends like this make for the best memories.