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The Things We Learned in Donegal

Posted on the 13 April 2015 by Ellenarnison @Ellen27
We're still shaking the sand out of our turn-ups because last week we harnessed the Bundance pony and trotted off to Ireland.  Here's what we learned: 

The things we learned in Donegal

Boo: Hanging out in the dunes at Ards Forest Park

Ireland is warm and sunny. Yes, really. Every day we were there we regretted not bringing more pairs of shorts and sun block. Later an Irish colleague told me that this was a total fluke and that a return would almost certainly find rain and cold.  The things we learned in Donegal
Eating out doesn't need to be a letdown. I'd become so used to finding that meals out were leaving a bad taste - either boring, bland, freezer to fryer or, even, simply nasty. Everywhere we went with our appetites we weren't disappointed as everything was home made, tasty and delicious.

The things we learned in Donegal

Balls: Boys in a bubble at Dunlewey Centre.

There's nothing boring about Monopoly. Not the card version anyway. It doesn't take long to play this game, what kept us at it for hours were the grudges and desire for revenge. Oh, and the fact that it become compulsory to celebrate by doing a the dance of a victoriuos crab. 

The things we learned in Donegal

Round: Obviously we didn't take any pictures inside the building! Here's a bendy fency though. 

Like many of the things of middle age, roof boxes are such a good idea you don't know why you didn't think of it sooner. Also into this category fall comfortable shoes, employing a cleaner, early nights, the Archers and a nice cup of tea.  The things we learned in Donegal
WWW (or similar) can be a breath of fresh air. The logo is, in fact, for the Wild Atlantic Way. Kids were a bit miffed but recovered when they saw the beaches. The things we learned in Donegal
Euro is plural, apparently. On all the TV adverts, big sums of money have no s. It's "50,000 Euro for a big shiny thing" and only "1,000 Euro to travel a long way on holiday". Though two cups of tea and a piece of cake will be six Euros. 

The things we learned in Donegal

Simples: One of the residents of Tropical World, Letterkenny

Hiding in a corner is still possible in a round building. Boy Three tested this in our digs - a perfectly round, three-bedroom flat. 

The things we learned in Donegal

Bin there: Over the rubbish bin to the Wild AtlanticWay

Roundness is a significant feature in a building. After we had driven around the village of Downings for some time on the first night looking for our accommodation, Boy One tuned in and piped up. "It's over there," he pointed, certain. And he was right as he was the only one of our number who had paid enough attention to know what shape the building we were looking for was.  The things we learned in Donegal
The Troubles are already part of history. Thankfully. As we discussed painted gable ends and edited Londonderry signs, it became clear that from the kids' point of view the whole business was as far back in time as the sinking of the Titanic.   

The things we learned in Donegal

Not everything that looks like fun is a good idea!

Troon - Larne is a ferry good crossing. No idea why we haven't done that before. Less than an hour down the road, a hop on the boat and then there we were. Easy peasy.  The things we learned in Donegal
Sand angels are better than snow ones. They're warmer and don't melt.  The things we learned in Donegal
Division of labor doesn't work on a pedalo. Not when you let the five-year-old old do the steering, anyway.  The things we learned in Donegal Why the chicken crossed the road. Because there's a new Nando's in Derry.  The things we learned in Donegal The things we learned in Donegal

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