The Irish Autumn is setting in and so these sunny days are few and far between. We take advantage of the nice days and venture out to the wilds of Connemara for some headspace. Connemara in the sunshine is like no other, its paradise. Wild, free and beautiful. After an hour, we arrive at Dogs Bay (Gurteen Beach) in Roundstone. Glistening white sand is framed by bright blue skies and crystal clear waters. This isn’t Ireland, this is some exotic beach far, far away. This is heaven.
Get out of the car and the cold wind snaps at my nose. The wind smacks my head and tousles my hair, the little dog nearly blows away; she’s excited to be at the ocean. She impatiently runs ahead. I don coat, camera and sunglasses and climb down to the beach. The sand is perfect. We play on the rocks. Shoes off, the water is icy cold but there is one brave soul swimming, I dig my toes into the sand. We paddle in the water, looking for jelly fish; we race on the sand, do cartwheels and fall. The little dog digs tirelessly; digging is her favourite.
I mind wanders to Eva, she’d have loved this fresh air.
We meet a traveller with a camper van, he’s a musician, he’s been swimming. He offers us tea and we chat for awhile. We shoot the breeze about jellyfish, camper vans, seafood, music and the great outdoors. The little dog is sleepy, she’s had a busy day. We say our goodbyes to our traveller friend and part ways. We head back up through the fields to the road home.
On the way we meet some lovely cows grazing and some beautiful Connemara Ponies too. They have the life I think to myself .. nothing bothers them, life is good.