There is a saying here in Ireland ‘the last day’, it kind of means sometime in the past I think.
like this….”oh we had a gas with mam when she came over on the last day”. Meaning, we had a laugh with mum when she came over last week/the other day/a month ago.
Well for us Saturday was the last day. In both the Irish sense, and that it was the last day of our summer holidays and last of our summer visits.
We headed off into Dublin to meet Nanny Barry (my mum) and Nanny Cats (Mr Clev’s mum) at the airport for a one day visit.
The above photo is a grey seal spotted in Skerries Harbour. So exciting and there was a lot of screaming, and a lot of pointing from the mini Clevs. Skerries is a lovely little seaside town north of Dublin about 20 minutes if that from the airport. We had a delicious lunch there and caught up on all the news and gossip from the Clev Side (Mr Clev is the baby of 6 (4 brothers, 1 sister) so there is always a lot of news and gossip)
After we had refueled we went for a walk around the town and onto the beach. When we lived in England we used to take Nanny Cats to the beach every single summer without fail, sadly she has not been able to go since we left so she was thrilled to visit us AND the beach on the same day!!! Oh and yes – this is Nanny Barry playing a bit of Red Poison on the beach with the kiddos.
Wahey!! group photo!! It was crazy windy but a really beautiful sunny day. We had been so worried about the weather so it was great to have a lovely sunny day!
After our lunch and explore around skerries town we went to Skerries flour mill. Again this place was on Supervalu days out and we all got in for about 10 Euro. It was a nice break in the day and nice to spend some time inside actually. We had a nice cup of tea and some cake in the cafe which again was much needed after our seaside stroll.
My sister is coeliac so this is a photo of me being horrified by all the gluten in the mill!!! Attack of the Gluten!!!
Outside they had a play area, and of course the windmills.
Nanny Barry, mr Clev and the kiddos made it all the way up to the top of one of the windmills (and if reports are correct, they rolled all the way down the hill)
Family Photo time!! although poor baby Vivi is nearly completely eclipsed by my mammoth belly. Pretty convinced Im going to give birth to a baby elephant as my bump is huge!!! I still cant believe that soon our photos will have 5 mini Clev’s in them!!!
Photo with Nanny Cats. Mr Clev’s Dad sadly passed away about 2 years ago. Since then my mother in law has done lots of things independently, which (i hope she wont mind me saying!) she didnt do before, as her and Mr Clev’s Dad were inseparable. When we moved here we (mr Clev and I) were almost 100% convinced that she would never in a million years get on a plane to come and see us.
When my mum (Nanny Barry) organised this trip and proposed it to Nanny Cats, not only was she really up for it but she was so excited. We actually skyped the night before they arrived and laughed that she was like a child waiting for Christmas, you could see how excited she was! We are eternally grateful to both my mum for arranging this day, and to Mr Clevs mum for actually getting on the plane and coming!! Its a big effort on all parts but so so worth it 🙂
Beautiful flowers outside the mill. The children loved seeing both of their nannies together, and we joked that they need ‘Nans on Tour’ t shirts for the next time they come over!
All in all, our last day of summer was a great one! we spent the Sunday getting everyone ready for back to school but that’s another post in itself!