Last week I ticked one more thing off my list of 40 things to do before 40. It’s a good job quite frankly, as time is slipping away and I’m a little behind schedule. The lemon curd may have been mastered, but I’ve yet to get anywhere near a water bed, let alone Iceland.
Last week was all about the Dark Hedges in Northern Ireland, inspired by something I cut out of a newspaper a couple of years ago. I really like cutting things out of newspapers and magazines, partly because I like the idea of trying new things but also just because I find the scissor action very satisfying.*
The Dark Hedges is an avenue of beech trees, planted in the eighteenth century by the Stuart family in a bid to impress visitors as they drove up to their home. Bee and Belle may have been fairly nonplussed – ‘Is this it? Just some trees?’ – but it certainly impressed me.
We had beautiful weather, so after tracking down The Dark Hedges – (‘This hotel is called The Hedges so we must be close!) – we drove up to the coast to visit Giant’s Causeway and the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge.
So that’s Northern Ireland done. Bring on the water bed.
*Note to self: possibly just add ‘get out more’ to list?
my tongue! no!
It’s a cute tongue!
ugh! did you walk over that bridge thing?!?! looks terrifying!!
Yes we did – on the way back Belle and I even did it with no hands! It was a bit windy, and quite scary…
I absolutely love stuff like this – so ancient and beautiful! I also like it when you drive through a ‘tunnel’ of trees or hedges when they have grown overhead and joined up. It feels a little bit magical!
I love it too Kathryn – it’s one of my Best Things :-)
How weird, we must have been in Northern Ireland at the same time! Love all these places
Wow what a gorgeous avenue. I can’t believe I’ve never been to Ireland – I really need to sort that out soon, it looks beautiful.
The trees look amazing but I’m with Polly, there is now way I could walk over that bridge!! x
Wow, it looks like something from a gothic horror book! It did make me laugh that your two were very much not impressed :-)
Even if the kiddos were not that impressed I think it’s pretty cool and would love to visit this place – I love the story behind it! How amazing is that roap bridge by the way and you had some amazing weather – I love Ireland and really want to go back and do more exploring
I’ve never been to ireland despite the fact there is Irish in both Tom and I’s families. This place looks lovely (Although I do remember those years of saying to my parents ‘whats so good about this? its just trees’ ha! x