Feeling cheerful about the Easter break

I was dreading the thought of the Easter break and two weeks stuck indoors, but luckily it didn't happen like that, and I was able to bring Smiley out almost every day, and watch Netflix or films with my son in the evenings. There were appointments to attend, meetings to go to, bag packing and Zumba to raise funds for Smiley's Club, a trip to Newry, and a visit to an Easter event at Farmleigh, a State-owned period house and garden, on the fringe of Dublin's Phoenix Park. I had to park some way from the house and so discovered a new (to me) and stunning corner of the Park:



There was plenty of giggling as I pushed Smiley along the busy backroads in the Park, but eventually we arrived at Farmleigh. It was mobbed, which is exactly as my daughter likes things: lots going on, lots of people to smile at and beautiful surroundings too.




And best of all there was music, and plenty of it. This duo was our favourite because we could get right up close and see and hear everything.



The day was finished off to perfection with the sharing of a giant sticky chocolate muffin. I am so glad that my daughter loves cake too.

Then today I got a real taste of that holiday feeling when we headed down the country to visit a special needs optician.

It was lovely and calm and quiet, the air was clean, a fresh breeze was blowing across the Curragh plain and sky was this colour.



And there was lots of it.

It was also a day to feel competent. For the first time in about a year, I helped Smiley to use a toilet away from home. Everything went to plan: she let me know that she needed to go, I found a disabled toilet, worked out how to manage in the small space without a hoist, she did the business and I got her off and tidied up without damaging my back. Am proud of both of us.

We even had time for a quick picnic lunch before heading back to the city.

So my reasons to be cheerful are:

  • A successful Easter break with two contented teenagers.
  • A lot achieved.
  • Perfect weather: some rain for my son and some sunshine for my daughter.

How was Easter for you?


Ojos World


16 comments:

  1. You can sense the happiness in this post. You are such a strong woman and even though I know you only a little I am so proud of you. Lovely weather helps for sure and let's both take this sunshine as a sign of good times ahead

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    1. Yes I have found some unexpected happiness this Easter and I am very grateful for it too x

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  2. Great pictures and a happy post, lovely! X

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  3. Well, this post and it's photos really put a smile on my face! Gorgeous. And it looks like you found your blue sky.... or at the very least are finding it ;-) xxx

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  4. Your post gives me hope. Hope that I will write a post like this one day.
    Doesn't a blue sky make everything feel better? Xx

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    1. It gives me hope too: things can change, especially when it is your child that wants to do something that means that you need to leave the house. And yes blue sky always does :) xx

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  5. Way to go. I feel happy just reading this post. As for the photos ~ stunning!

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    1. So glad you like the photos, that means a lot :-)

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  6. So glad you had a good time - the pics look beautiful

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  7. Sounds great, I'm so glad Easter turned out well and I love the look of the park. Mich x

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    1. It really is a fabulous park to have in the middle of the city :) x

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