Day 1, County Antrim, Northern Ireland 😎 Day trip turned weekend trip when we decided we wanted to stay longer...had to buy toothbrushes and such at the local grocery store in Ballycastle since we packed literally nothing 😂#dunlucecastle
Everyday I (Bec) think about ‘home’ (Northern Ireland)......EVERYDAY! (Can any other expats relate) Isn’t that crazy? It’s 6.5 years since our move to the ‘Great White North’. We’ve been fortunate to travel back to Northern Ireland regularly but for myself and the kids it will have been 18 months since we were last there, by the time we go back in July. I miss it so much- the people, the sights, the comfort food....but we know we are meant to be here, we’re called to be in Canada and we get to live out our calling and love deeply, and serve together, every day. I know that it’s necessary to be focused on the present but I can’t help but reminisce and get excited about our summer plans. I’m so glad these little pics popped up in my memories today of 4 years ago when we had a few months of extended stay in our homeland. . . . . #throwbackthursday#ireland#northernireland#northcoast#giantscauseway#dunlucecastle#nationaltrust#memories#home#wander#travel#travelwithkids#explore#livelife#adventure
"Dunluce Castle" 📷@aidanmonaghanphotographer County Antrim, Northern Ireland Dunluce Castle sits majestically crowning a dark basalt outcrop. Many have laid claim to the castle over the centuries but none could hold her in perpetuity. Like the elusive Mermaids Cave which sits beneath, the castle is borne from the sea and cliffs. The photograph was taken in late summer. The weather in these final few weeks of August was wet and stormy. The atmosphere on that evening was humid and heavy, as the wind and waves approaching the shoreline trundled in. This made conditions for shooting very difficult indeed. Also the persistent march of the rising tide meant that I had to continually change position as the water moved higher up the beach. It was just after sunset that I made my final capture after several hours watching and waiting. A slow shutter speed enabled me to recreate a sense of continuous and relentless motion with Dunluce etched against the coastal skyline. The movement of the waves and clouds against the solid castle structure conjures up a sense of embattled motion, while also being embraced by the elements of sea and sky. It is said that Dunluce Castle served as the inspiration for Cair Paravel from the Chronicles of Narnia by C.S Lewis. Lewis writes how the Pevensie children return to Narnia and land at Cair Paravel and do not recognize the place, at first, as their old home. But slowly the reality that they had been there before dawns on them. In the same way for me, standing on that familiar beach at Dunluce is like experiencing that place for the first time and in doing so it always reveals something new to me. #dunlucecastle#capturelandscapes#castles#liveoutdoors#landscapephotography#picoftheday#photoftheday#blackandwhitephotography#natgeotravel#northernireland#antrim#seascape#travelphotographer#chroniclesofnarnia#narnia#cslewis#cairparavel
Thank you so much Nicola from @blackrockbbportrush for the invitation to see your stunning boutique B&B in Portrush. I already New how beautiful and tasteful your home was from your fabulous photos but it was lovely to meet in real life and hear your journey. I know you’re only around the corner but I’m still tempted to stay. Such beautiful, calm and inviting interiors. It’s no wonder you have so many return customers. Good luck with this season. My advice is book soon before it’s too late. Sea views sell quickly!!