Trying to get back on the horse!

Hello, hello! How is everyone? Do you even remember me? It’s been nearly two months, I can’t believe it! I’ve actually had a lot to blog about but somehow it hasn’t happened.

We had a lovely holiday- three weeks of not having to think about anything very much and enjoying spending lots of time with my family. It has really helped me make a lot of decisions about where I want life to take me in the next number of years, as some of you know. I’ll do a password protected post on that though! Password will be the same as last time but please don’t feel weird about asking me for it if you’ve forgotten it.

So, until I can come up with something more fascinating, here are a loose collection of tales from our travels. I keep getting grief from my family for not blogging about the kids because apparently it’s the only time they get to hear about silly stuff they’ve done!!

Ricky spent most of the holiday in the sea! Even though the air temperature wasn’t very high, the sea stayed comparatively warm through our whole break (the sea in Donegal could normally cause frostbite even in the middle of summer!) and it was great to see him really gaining confidence in the water. We bought him his first proper wetsuit and he LOVED it!


It’s fascinating to me how all the kids on the beach are now wearing full body wetsuits- you hardly see any kid in a normal swimsuit at all any more. When we were kids we hardly even bothered to put a swimming costume on- you’d absolutely never see a butt nekkid child on the beach these days. I think it must be a combinating of fashion, protecting children from the sun, and, sadly, loss of innocence!

Ricky has also developed a new interest- kind of a strange one too. When out on a walk at a local Friary, we passed a shrine to Mary. Ricky was fascinated by it and wanted to know what it was for. I explained the principles behind it, and he was very interested. There was a little bench in front of it, and before I knew it, he’d plonked himself down and started doing this!


Ricky tells me that he is meditating and that this is what they do in China. I was very surprised that, coming from our household which is not very religious, he grasped the concept of spirituality and prayer with incredible ease!

That walk came as a surprise to me, because I don’t believe I’ve ever done it before, and the views were so stunning that I feel compelled to post some pictures of them!

As for Robbie, he’s my little animal guru- he’s totally mad about animals of all kinds at the moment.

I think I blogged before about his obsession with horses, and that definitely continued during the break! We were able to send the kids out along the beach on ponies from the riding school across the road, and seriously, if we’d let Robbie stay on for as long as he wanted he’d probably still be sitting there now!

He had THE best time and I will definitely have to arrange some riding lessons for him I think. Ricky enjoyed it but not to the same extent. I was just showing Robbie the pics from the holiday and he couldn’t stop talking about going out on the pony, and how much fun he’d had!


We also took the kids to some sheepdog trials, which was actually much more fun than I’d been expecting. The sheepdogs were great, and it was very interesting to see them in action.

They were also showing sheep in a different part of the field. Now, I come from a background of showing ponies and horses, which is very civilised and elegant. Showing sheep involves a lot of men sweating profusely and swearing under their breath as they grapple with a sheep that desparately wants to get back to the herd and that definitely doesn’t want the judge to look at its teeth.


The variety of sheep was amazing and some of them were as big as a shetland pony, which surprised me! Some were pretty and soft, some were ugly as sin with wiry wool.

Robbie predictably thought it was absolutely brilliant- the child has no fear! He had fallen and hurt his head the previous evening, which is why he looks like he’s been duffed up!
The eventual Champion of the sheep was crowned, and I managed to make a total pillock of myself by missing the photo opportunity- then, when I was surreptitiously trying to take a pic, they realised and went through the whole palaver of getting all the trophies and rosettes out again. To be fair they did this with a very good grace, but I felt like an idiot! So, here, for posterity, is a picture of the king of the sheep. Father Ted fans out there will know why I find this vaguely amusing.

There’s loads more but I have rambled on for long enough! Hope everyone is well. I do want to blog more but time is really against me at the minute. I definitely need to get some stuff off my chest though and will do so later today, with luck!

Now the challenge will be to get caught up with everyone else! ๐Ÿ˜€


12 Responses to “Trying to get back on the horse!”

  1. 1 Emma C
    August 23, 2009 at 10:21 am

    Good to see you back my dear, I needed a good read. We were in Donegal too (Portnoo) and there was a heatwave at the beach!

    What is this heatwave you speak of?! Actually we were at the beach in Portnoo back in April and it was so warm we all went into the sea! Maybe there’s a hole in the ozone layer there or something! How are you? Hope all is well with you and the baby! xx

  2. August 23, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    So glad to see you back, and looking so well. Those views are stunning! I definitely need to get my family over to Ireland one of these days for a holiday. The ancestors are calling me home!!!

    Thanks Jennie! You’ll always have a place to stay if you ever make it over here! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. August 23, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    Oh, Suzy! I’ve missed you so much! Welcome back and I loved the pictures. I think I would like for you to adopt me. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Missed you too, and any time you want to move in, you need only say the word. You’re much tidier than me, and would have our household licked into shape in no time. ๐Ÿ˜›

  4. 4 Bernadette
    August 23, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    Welcome back Suzy…it’s good to hear from you again. No need to ask if you enjoyed your holiday because your photos say it all – everyone so happy and relaxed, and you are looking amazing. The two boys have grown so much… before you know it you will have sons you can look up to! Well done on the photos you took of the scenery there, they are beautiful .
    If I may could I please have the password. XXX

    Ricky’s eating about twenty five times the amount he usually is, so I assume he’s on a growth spurt! That kid will be taller than me by the time he’s seven or eight, and I wish I was joking! You’ve got mail.

  5. August 24, 2009 at 4:21 am

    Those are wonderful photos…WELCOME BACK!!!! It has been a little quieter around here without you.

    Aw, thanks!! If I yell reeeeallly loudly maybe you’ll hear me all the way across the Atlantic…ready? AAAAAHHHHH!!!!! Noisy enough? ๐Ÿ˜›

  6. August 24, 2009 at 5:36 am

    I was just about to ask you why you hadn’t been blogging. I miss you.

    loved this post. Looks like a bunch of fun. Love the horse riding pics. ๐Ÿ™‚ your boys are so handsome. sigh….

    I miss YOU! And yes, if I say so myself, they are rather gorgeous (so is Sugar!!)

  7. August 24, 2009 at 10:35 am

    Welcome back to the blogosphere! Excellent timing on your part, you’ve won an impromptu prize at my blog… Email me your address!

    OHHHH!! Cool, thanks Jo! You’ll have mail in a few minutes!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  8. 8 Leigh
    August 24, 2009 at 10:47 am

    Welcome back xxx What great snaps, glad you had a great time. I love Donegal soooo much, you’re always guaranteed a perfect holiday x

    We SO need to take the kids up for a weekend very soon! Are you getting Soph her uniform tomorrow? Ricky is beyond excited about being in school with her and wants to see you both desparately! x

    • 9 Leigh
      August 25, 2009 at 11:27 am

      We got Sophs uniform at the June shop – she couldnt wait ! Soph can’t wait to see Ricky too, can we squeeze in a day out ?? I miss your gorgeous boys – and you too !xx

  9. August 24, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    Wow, those are awesome photos! We definitely missed you, it’s good to have ya back!

    Aw, thanks TB! **blushes**

  10. 11 welshpurpletree
    August 24, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    Good to see you back, they’re fab photos, looks like you had a great time.

    It was great- the temptation is always to bore you all rigid with holiday stories!

  11. 12 Skry
    August 26, 2009 at 5:03 am

    Hello Suzy! Great to read you again ๐Ÿ˜€

    Looks like you had an awesome holiday. Love all the pics. I can’t believe so many kids have wet suits these days – my folks would never have bought them. I can just hear them now: “They’re expensive, and you’ll just grow out of them anyway!” If we did get one it would be to share, which would usually result in a fight and my folks wishing they’d never have bought one ๐Ÿ˜›

    Let me know the password to your blog so I can read your next post. Speak soon,


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