'Thankful Thursday' and 'Reasons to Be Cheerful' #R2BC .......



It's always nice to join in these Linkys from time to time, especially when you've had a particular busy or stressful week. And I most certainly consider two weeks spent baby-sitting, cajoling, bribing, 'supporting' a 'studious' young fledgling man-child, sitting his mock Junior Certificate examinations, to be one such week. 
Note: all words written in italics, and captured in parenthesis, need to be read with a massive grain of salt!

However, we have both survived the week, albeit with a very tired brain for him and a few more grey hairs for me!

During weeks like that there's nothing more wonderful than taking the time to really savour the lovely moments that sometimes drop unexpectedly into our lives......


The Beach

Like the glorious sun that rose behind me, like a great orange fiery ball, on the recent morning school runs; urging me to hurry home so that I could dash down to the beach and simply enjoy this magical sunrise....




And to see to waves come crashing in on the stonework - from an old railway line perhaps? - while the now-risen sun glints sharply on the beach below....





You may have noticed that the sun features highly in my blog and social media updates. I simply cannot resist the power of the sun. It's like a beacon of hope and good cheer in my life.


The Foggy Day


But it's not always about the sun shining on the Irish Sea, or waves splashing on our stony beach.
I still paid a visit on a recent  misty morning, allowing the wispy strands of fog envelop me as I watched a lone seagull floating along the calm, glassy sea. 







I felt the calming effects of the gentle waves cascading on to the beach and shivered as I saw the seagull duck himself, time and time again, into the icy sea waters, on this bitterly cold morning. Then I smiled to myself as I watched him skipping over the water and eventually swooping in to join all his pals on a nearby sandbank. A lovely, lovely moment...... 







Simply Walking


Although I highly rate beaches, sunrises and sunsets as part of my now almost daily strolls, it's not actually all about them either. Sometimes it's about simply walking. Now that I can. I've spent enough months being unable to do so to now enjoy the simple act of going for a short, enjoyable stroll; unaided by both crutch or human accompaniment. I enjoy the solitude, it allows me to work on allowing my busy, busy mind to stop. Look around me, watch squirrels scramble up trees, listen to the surrounding bird-song and take time-out to allow the beach sounds, sights and smells wash over me before I begin my walk in the park. Of course I completely try to block out the sounds of rummaging in the undergrowth as I stroll, convincing myself that it's squirrels or birds.... and not r.a.t.s. !!


A Great Day out with Good Friends


Again, this is something I've been unable to do since last summer and I have missed my forays into town to catch up with friends, to go see a show; or to do both! And that's exactly what I did last Saturday, with a trip into Bord Gais Energy Theatre to see a mostly enjoyable matinee production of Jesus Christ Superstar, with some wonderful showgal pals of mine. Suffice it to say that the day was filled with chats, tales of yore, much laughter, food, 'some' wine, lots of good cheer; and culminated in a memorable all-encompassing, world-problem-solving conversation in a lift, of all places. In a lift that we held up, quite literally, and ultimately resulted in a group of middle-aged women - although we would never accept this totally unrepresentative moniker! - reduced into a right heap, emitting teen-like howls of laughter, to the bafflement of two passing waiters!! 

This day will definitely go down in the annals of 'Best Girly Days Out - EVER'


Looking Forward

And so the last two weeks sped by, with lovely, memorable moments strewn through the chaos, keeping my sanity pretty much intact. It's clear that within the madness there was much to be thankful for and cheerful about.


And it's not over yet.


One more exam and the dreaded Mocks are finally completed.


There is wine chilling in the fridge.


While a Midterm break and a Valentine's and birthday weekend also beckons ;-)


And that makes me very thankful and very, very cheerful indeed!!















I'm delighted to be able to link to both these wonderful linkys this week and my thanks to  Ojo's World and Mummy From The Heart  for hosting.



 Happy Valentines Day to  you all,




18 comments:

  1. You have my utmost admiration that you were up and out early enough to see the sunrise (unless it rises at 9 am at this time of year). Respect. xxx

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  2. Such gorgeous photos and so glad you can get out to take them once again. The girly day out sounds really good too and just one more day of exams to go: wishing you very relaxing evening tomorrow! xx

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  3. @Midlife Singlemum: It was 8.45 am when I got back from the school run! I'd not have made it to the beach otherwise! So I guess I kinda cheated :-) xx

    @Looking for Blue Sky: Thanks, I am so glad that I can get out and about more these days. I am so looking forward to tomorrow! And the weekend and week ahead..... xx

    Thanks for your comments :-)

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  4. Aaah, you are a sea fiend like me. Isn't it just the best? Love all your reasons to be cheerful, especially the 'Best Girly Day Out' one. Have a lovely weekend. xx

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  5. P.S. Photography tip from an absolute amateur. Straighten your horizons! xx

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    1. @Bright Side of Life: It absolutely IS the best! We're so lucky to live close to the sea. Hope you have a great weekend too and thanks for the tip.... now I see exactly what you mean! Photos taken in excitement and only with iPhone. I need to charge up my camera and bring it with me on my walks. xx

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  6. I am jealous of that sea and beach! I run to clear my head so can understand why you love your walks. Your day our sounds fab too

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    1. @Becky Willoughby: It's good to have something that we can do alone, with some friends or within a class that helps clear our heads. isn't it? And mad girly days out too, of course! Thanks for your comment :) xx

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  7. You write in the most beautiful way. I hope you know that. Love the sea and the beach - very good for the soul. You clearly recognise what really matters and there is great wisdom in that

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    1. @kateonthinice: Thank you so much for those kind words, makes me feel even more positive! The sea and beach are also 'beacons of hope and good cheer' aren't they? I never tire of them..... xx

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  8. What absolutley fabulous reasons, I love your pictures of the beach and yoru girlie day sounds fun. Jesus Christ Superstar is a wonderful show. Mich x

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    1. @Michelle Twin Mum: Thank you! Yes, it was a good show. You think you know the full story but there are elements that escaped the memory over time! And while we all know how it ends it is very dark watching it on stage. makes you think....... xx

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  9. I love your photos, the sun is powerful and lures you in I totally agree. Love the way you write, I could almost be walking with you when reading that! Glad you are enjoying activities again and soaking up the great joys of simple things xx

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    1. @Hannah Brooker: Ah, thank you. Nice to bring someone along with me through my words.... mean a lot to hear that :-) xx

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  10. I'm happy just looking at the photos....must've been amazing to actually witness it XXX

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  11. I love this post! The image of you YOUNG ladies in gotta of giggles, in a lift, is fantastic. When times are tough, nothing is better than a good giggle.
    Absolutely superb photos, it has to be something very special to get me out of bed to see a sunrise!

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    1. @Jo Ojosworld Henley: Ah I tell ya, it was the best laugh ever!! A good giggle should be handed out on demand to anyone who needs it! It's quite the remedy so it is! xx

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