Sheep, cows & stone fences…

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Our home for a week

Our home for a week

Today was designated as a rest and recuperation day. We slept in and had a leisurely breakfast at our self-catering townhouse. We are staying at The Coastguard Station in Clifden. The owner (Tommy) restored the old Coastguard Station that was built in 1875 but burnt down to a shell in 1923. Tommy did most of the work himself starting in 1993. He is a great man and a wealth of information.
D'Arcy Castle
Rest was short-lived. We headed off for a hike on Sky Road toward D’Arcy Castle. We followed a path to the castle..right behind a farmer and his herd of cattle. The castle is in ruins but a fun site to explore.

My new pet?
Next was time to visit some sheep. We climbed over a fence (or 2 or 3) and walked through their pasture on our way to the water.
Too cold for swimming
We were able to find a way over the rocks to get near the water but not quite to it. Ryan found an old fishing buoy. We backtracked through the sheep pasture and into the cow’s and managed to find access to a little slice of sand. Time to get in the water. The North Atlantic Ocean is wee bit chilly in early June but we wanted to be able to say that we had a beach vacation!
Buoy Bowling</

The kids decided that buoy bowling on the beach was an excellent pastime! We managed to find two more old buoys that the kids are trying to figure out how to bring home in their luggage. (I am working on the logistics of getting a sheep into mine!)
Clifden 2013 152We headed into Clifden to window shop and pick up some groceries for dinner. Wandered by Walsh’s Bakery and had to stop in. Got a loaf of amazing spelt and honey bread and couldn’t resist a rhubarb tart for dessert.

Join us again tomorrow for a fun filled day in County Mayo!

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About amymapes

I am a mom with 3 kids who are growing up too fast. I love to bake and come up with hair-brained schemes that make my kids roll their eyes. We try to do lots of different things as a family....sometimes my kids even enjoy it!
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