Picnic at Porthaw


The sun is back! Time to celebrate and enjoy the glorious weather we are experiencing in Ireland at the moment. We get so few hazy lazy sunny days here so when they arrive most folk down their tools if they can and head to the nearest beach. Some folk up their tools and head to the garden. Whichever way it is, when the sun shines our burdens become lighter, we chat to anything that moves and doom and gloom seems to evaporate. On days like these, I believe a public holiday should be granted immediately! But while the powers that be work on the exceptional weather policy (no harm in wishing) we can always take a mini vacation in the back garden, on a seat by the river or dine alfresco wherever you are for an hour or so at least.


There is something magically about eating in the open air. As a child, growing up in a rural area of Co.Tyrone, I spent most of my summers—pretty much as I spend them now when the sun shines—resting in the long grass with a picnic basket and a good book. Now the whole experience is enriched with my children and Lough Swilly at my feet.

Of course, when the sun is not shining it is rain coats and wellie boots and a brisk walk round the Lough, which has its own magic, but for today I am thankful for a little sunshine. It stops me dreaming about far flung sunny places and a longing for a casa in Italy or a cottage in France. You can read more about that here. The first two sentences were inspired by a poem by Brigitte from Brigitte Banter. You can read it here. It turns out we have a similar dream! Have a sunny day everyone (that’s inside and out) wherever you are!


8 thoughts on “Picnic at Porthaw

  1. I’ve just discovered your blog through Brigitte’s Banter and what a lovely blog it is too. 🙂

  2. jensine says:

    I always think there is no more place more beautiful than Ireland in the sun

  3. Brigitte says:

    love, love, love the pictures, A and your description! So strange we both dream of a cottage in France and that was before we even began following! Ah-h, your pics and description are beautifully inviting! :).

  4. I’m glad you had a sunny day to enjoy! 🙂

  5. ailialana says:

    Thank you so much! I am so happy you are here and following.

  6. ailialana says:

    lollll…are you trying to be funny? lolll Glad you had ‘many’ sunny days in Florida and I do hope the sun sticks around here for your visit. It does make Ireland shine! (Another sunshiny day today…so that’s two…I’m even a little pink loll.) Hugs Aox

  7. ailialana says:

    When the sun shines here no one has the urge to go any where else. Maybe it is because we get so little sunshine that when Mr Sun appears we are much more grateful that if we had it all year round. Perhaps absense makes the heart grow fonder, never mind a much needed dose of Vit D!

  8. jensine says:

    and Ireland is quite beautiful so it helps .. and yes sun is always a welcome guest

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