Portmarnock Beach & Howth Visit

Knock on wood, we’re having such good luck with the weather here.  Just a week and half ago, I phoned Nils telling him not to leave behind our winter coats as it’s so cold, but thankfully we had a warm up and very settled.  I know it won’t last long, but I never assumed we could be at the beach on the 8th of September – I’ll take it.

Of course, I realize the dominant influence of the climate her is the Atlantic Ocean. thankfully we’re on the far east coast just like Boston & North Norfolk.   So I should be prepared to expect  sunshine for 1 hour, clouds for an hour & rain for an hour all in the same day.
We were invited to visit Portmarnock Beach with a family from Maebh’s class, who has a daughter coincidentally with the same name but spelled Maeve.   From the car park, you follow a path, along side a golf course, into some small dunes (which were huge to the kids) onto a beautiful beach which overlooks Lambay Island & Ireland’s Eye in Howth.
At the cliffs, the kids found it really fun to roll down the sand hills but Maebh was more cautious the first time and didn’t roll, but rather ran down.
Soren thought it would be fun to jump off the cliffs at about 5 feet high….which ended with a face full of sand but loved it and did it a few times.

After a couple hours, they had to put their one year old down for a nap, so we too left the beach but our family went on to Howth for a visit to the playground, ice cream & watch the boats.   We both agreed, it would be nice to have a beer in the sunshine somewhere, but the pub culture here is TOTALLY different from England.   No beer gardens with picnic tables, playgrounds & bouncy castles.  It may be a North Norfolk thing not sure but we did love that option.  🙂

Anyway, back to Howth where we saw the resident seals, a dog fish in distress (per Nils), and the RNLI bringing in a motor boat.

Apart from the playground and the ice cream, the RNLI bringing in a motor boat was one of th highlights of this visit to Howth.

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