a month in the sun

2017 was always going to be a year of change for us. Before it all kicked in though, we escaped another dreary February and spent the whole month with friends in northern Gran Canaria.It was a much needed rest for the 4 of us, but also the most wonderful adventure!

Situated in the Canary Islands off the coast of Africa, Gran Canaria is a fascinating little climate and culture all of its own. It felt much more South American than mainland Spanish. We stayed in the town of Galdar on the north coast, away from all the tourists and familiar accents that betray the south of the Island. We wanted a taste of real life here, to be with and eat like the locals, to improve our Spanish and to explore the area with an appreciative eye.

The town is built around a Volcano and we stayed on a Finca at a banana plantation at the base of it, near the beach. DSCF4728DSCF5039

DSCF4995The town was quaint and colourful with a colonnial feel…
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textures…DSCF5021DSCF4969road trip into the mountainsDSCF5086DSCF5120DSCF5122DSCF5136DSCF5138DSCF5156an inquisitive goat joined us for lunchDSCF5172This pretty town was only 10 minutes up the road…I shot these all on 35mm film r001-016r001-017r001-008r001-007r001-006r001-019r001-004r001-015these stunning mountains were the backdrop for the opening scenes of Jurassic Park r001-012r001-013r001-011no way we weren’t having a dip!DSCF6793on that happy note I’ll wrap it up for now! more to come at another date…

 

forest celebrations

Lately I’ve been missing the Scottish mountains a lot & just craving to be outdoors and doing outdoorsy things in general; breathing fresh air & enjoying greenery and stretching my legs on long walks. Strange but true!

Last Monday was out 8th wedding anniversary and Ross must have picked up on my recent cravings because he booked us a magical little getaway in Tollymore Forest, Co. Down to celebrate for a few days.

Our little loft was super cosy & had a beautiful garden:

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blog (5) blog (4)The area has everything – the forest, the beach & the Mourne Mountains! Well done Ross. The hills even had mist on them which was romantic & reminded me of Scotland.

blog (8)We went on some long, fun walks

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blog (13)the light was just amazing in the forest:
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blog (19)I also scouted some time amazing swimimng spots for next summer in the river Shimna…..

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………..and even did some urbexing!

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Course there’s always time for some silly selfies, too

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It was the perfect holiday – we got the balance of laying around reading, eating (too much) amazing food & then burning it off on long walks in the forest and then eating some more (because, you know, we’d earned it) Some friends had even given us these to wash it all down with…

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What a refreshing wee break! Until next time………