June is my Birthday month, but it's not until the 16th, so I was very surprised on Saturday when Al and Ché Phoenix told me they were taking me to stay in a yurt on the Donegal coast!
Following on nicely from our last blog post 'Serotonin & why nature is important to happiness' we had been feeling a little too busy lately (me especially) and craving some unplugged family time. Donegal is right on our doorstep and it's a place we never take for granted! Just a few hours drive and you are in a place that feels like another world, the weight lifts from your shoulders, the landscape turns wild and time seems to slow down.
Al found the absolute perfect spot - https://www.donegalglamping.com hosted by a friendly couple, on a quiet hill looking out over Ballymastocker Beach and the dramatic mountains in the distance. We stayed in a yurt! It was lovely, comfortable and such fun. A bit of the outdoorsy nature of camping but without the work of setting up camp and having to pack every single thing you need. I'd absolutely recommend this place if you're looking for somewhere to have a low key, nature filled, unplugged kinda break (they do have wifi in the kitchen area but we tried to stay off it). Ché Phoenix was in his elemement and made himself right at home befriending the dog and exploring the beautiful surroundings.
In the evenings we played board games and talked for hours under the fairy lights after Ché Phoenix was asleep. It took me right back to the early days of Al and I dating!
New places we explored were Fanad Lighthouse, Ballymastocker Bay and Rathmullen Coastline. The little 'mermaid pool' left by the tide at the far end of Ballymastocker, inbetween the rocks was our very favourite. We swam there in the sea and played for hours, if we had brought a picnic we'd have stayed all day!
We were only there for 2 nights but it felt like we were away for a full week. Time really can slow down when we unplug to soak in our surroundings and loved ones. I know for us, a little break like this can make all the difference to our energy, focus and patience. We are home again now and I am still feeling all zen. I'm determined to keep appreciating nature in every way possible!
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