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My Shell Seekers

Today was a glorious sunny day, and remarkably warm for April in Northern Ireland.

We spent the morning on the “wee beach” as it is know in our family, in Portballintrae.

The kids spent a lot of time searching for shells, particularly my eldest daughter.

The water was very calm, and the tide quite low.

However, in case you were to think the water might be even slightly warm, this photo tells the truth – it IS still the North Atlantic and mighty cold!

As I sat on the beach, taking photos of the kids, rocks and shells, I was reminded of the title of a novel by Rosamunde Pilcher, “The Shell Seekers”. My memories of the book are that it is set in the south west of England with idyllic long summer days exploring the beach for shells. I was also reminded on my own childhood beach holidays, and days I too spent on this same beach, exploring the rock pools and searching for shells.

Tomorrow our Easter holidays come to an end, and we pack up for home.

We will return to our new kitchen, with most of the messy work complete. We should be able to start unpacking the boxes and deciding where eveything will be stored.

Take care until my next post, and I hope you shared some of this lovely weather we have been having here this weekend. Let me know what you have been doing this weekend please.

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  1. what a wonderful way to end your vacation.
    Can’t wait to see the kitchen!

  2. I used to enjoy Rosamunde Pilcher! I haven’t thought of her in years!

    All of your children are just beautiful, but I think I may have fallen in love with your little red haired boy.

  3. I still collect shells, can’t seem to help myself. Beautiful photographs and I love the one of your son in the water. It really does get across the point that the sea here just doesn’t do “warm”.

  4. Seems you had wonderful days in your Easter holidays. Ours come to an end, too!

    Love all your beach pics!

    Here it was raining the whole Saturday, today at Sunday it´s cold and windy, but the sun is back.

    I think we´ll try a walk after lunch, if I´m able to.

    Have good drive home!

  5. The picture of your son in the water is so funny! Love that face – it must have been pretty chilly! 🙂 We’ve had quite an uneventful weekend – I’ve spent most of it in bed – still trying to get over whatever I’ve got! I’m looking forward to MOPS tomorrow night though! Hope you had a safe trip home…looking forward to seeing that new kitchen! 🙂

  6. ohh…can’t wait to see those new kitchen pictures!!!

    LOVE these pictures Jan… you are so talented!!! Truly!

    Beautiful thoughts and insights…

    Have a blessed day!

  7. Right now, my eldest is in Myrtle Beach collecting shells for my youngest who we’re taking to NYC tomorrow.

    She said the weather is fair but yes, the Atlantic is frigid!

  8. It sounds like you had the perfect Easter break. Dear Hubby is a teacher and had last week off. I didn’t get to take the week off since I have to save my vacation time for June. But I so remember the days of just goofing around with the kids. They grow up so fast!

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