Hi everyone! How is your day going? On the 9th of November it was my 19th Birthday and I mentioned that one of the presents I received was a stay in a beautiful cottage with my sister the day after! We were so excited that I ended up taking a massive amount of pictures to remember it by 😂 I can’t wait to share with you a daily log of what we did alongside some photos I took of the wonderful experience! Wherever you are right now, relax back with a steaming hot mug as I hope this is as cosy to read as it felt to write! ☕
10th November – Friday
We arrived at the secluded cottage after traveling down a very long and narrow stretch of road that we had been warned to drive slowly down as it was bumpy and nearly took off the bottom of our car! 😂
It was raining as we pulled up and knocked on the front door of our hosts house which was directly across and she was so lovely as we all introduced ourselves but we didn’t have to mention too much as she knew from when my sister had booked the cottage and wanted us to get settled in straight away as it was already dark outside 🌛 (the pictures above and below were taken the next day) so she showed us into the cottage! 🏡
It was like a tardis (small but enticing on the outside and surprisingly spacious on the inside 😂) and a welcoming fire had already been started for us. After she had showed us where everything was she left us to it and told us to contact her if there were any problems at all. As soon as the door clicked shut we explored and tried to let it sink in that we were staying there whilst continuously saying “it’s so nice” in awe. We decided the best way to make it feel like home was to pop the kettle on so that’s exactly what we did! 😂
I made a beeline for the spiral staircase which reminded us of somewhere we stayed once when we were little. Upstairs there were loads of instruments as our hosts husband is a famous percussionist.
My sister was in love with their collection of vinyls and every so often she would say they have this or that and then she found their David Bowie ones and all the others were instantly ignored! 😂 I looked through their bookcases and came upon “Brooklyn” by Colm Toibin which I continued to read throughout our entire stay (and have since purchased for myself as it’s an incredible book and I’m familiar with the area in Ireland it is set in! 😂).
The ceiling in the cottage was so high! You could either find me sitting up with the books looking down on everything below, staring at the bars holding up the ceiling and keeping us alive 😂 or using up my energy walking up and down the stairs marvelling at how beautifully made they were 🙈😂
The last picture was taken from underneath the stairs looking up 😂 and here’s a picture of the ceiling taken from one of the sofa’s:
Our host upon hearing it was my birthday the day before kindly went the extra mile and left out the most DELICIOUS cake for us! 😋 (And that’s praise from me as I’m not usually a fan of cake but if there’s a time when I’ll have one it’s when there’s a birthday! 😂).
I’m not going to lie the poor thing didn’t see us coming, not even a crumb left to tell the tale 😂. We had brought with us all of the food we would be needing for our short stay and for dinner that evening we had ready made meals (you didn’t think we went away to cook now did you? 😂…we actually did think we were going to bake something but when we saw the cake we felt no need! 😂) I had a very yummy black perpper chicken and my sister had a pasta dish!
After dinner we had the cake but I told you about that first because cake seemed more important than dinner in the order of things! 😂 and then we both filled some glasses with lemonade and lounged infront of the fire on the comfy sofa’s!
The short while we were there it felt like home and if I’m being completely honest with you it motivated me to imagine one day being able to give my family that kind of home too. As we sat watching TV and played a game of snakes and ladders I read through a bunch of tourist leaflets that had been laid out for us. I enjoyed reading through them and thinking of all the adventures we could go on as being in a new place already made me feel like we could do anything! 😂
We then went to bed! 😴🌜
11th November – Saturday
The next day we woke up at 7am which is really early for me but I told myself before I slept I would wake up early so as to make the most of the day. Writing this here I realize it’s kind of odd that when I push myself I can set a time in my head and be up for it. It’s like when I tell myself to do it my mind subconsciously worries about it whilst I’m asleep and I’m up at that time (worked wonders when I was in school but then I would probably be unable to sleep through worry anyway so I couldn’t win! 😂). My sister and I told each other that the first person who woke up shouldn’t startle and wake up the other but instead let the sleepy one of us come round to the sound of the other one of us beginning their day and so it was a very calming start!
I had coco pops for breakfast with two slices of fresh bread that had been left for us and was really yummy and tasted very healthy as it had a variety of seeds (sorry for the bleary picture, I probably took it fast so I could get back to eating 😂).
During preparing breakfast my sister had an accident and damaged the kitchen work top and we immediately got in contact with our host. We waited anxiously for her to turn up not knowing what she would say but knowing it was the right thing to do in telling her and not hiding it. But when she arrived she reassured us that it was not a problem at all and seeing how worried we had been she hugged us and took our mum’s number whom we had been nervously messaging so as to tell her not to worry and that it could be fixed and that we are lovely daughters! She then lit the fire and we had a chat about music before she left and my sister and I hugged each other as our morning had been spent wondering if we would be in trouble yet in the blink of an eye all was back to normal again! 🙈😂 I wasn’t able to find my reflux tablets the night before and so was holding back on bringing up my breakfast with fear of the situation! 😬😂….of course when we arrived home the next day they were found at the bottom of our shopping bag!! 🙈😂
After we had finished our breakfast and gotten changed we decided that we would go for a walk and get some fresh air. Before we left I took some painkillers as I could feel something coming on and wanted to lesson the aftereffect (and upon arriving back after our walk it turns out it had been the right thing to do as I didn’t feel as bad as I normally would!) Some might say it was a bad idea to go for a walk but I was only there once and so wasn’t going to let my pain spoil it for me! 😂 We took off at a slow pace so as to not ruin things and have to turn back early on and it was so peaceful and the views we’re spectacular!
Both the picture of the gate and the picture of the field with sheep in it look like they were taken at the top of our road 😂. We discovered a couple of ornaments and water features dotted along the way that were really pretty:
The sound of the water hitting off the rocks was so beautiful and we stood there hypnotized for a while 😂 We decided to turn back when we saw a dog in the distance that didn’t look too friendly but we were pleased with the distance we had traveled and so didn’t mind 😂
When we got back to the cottage we started up the fire again and it was an amazing feeling after a not freezing but without a doubt cold walk! 😂 I think the fire was our favourite thing as it was never too hot or cold in the cottage. There were a couple of times when we thought we hadn’t started the fire properly and then all of a sudden we’d see a flame and shout out happily to each other saying “it’s started!” 😂 We must have sounded a bit strange from our hosts house across from ours 🙈 we were just appreciating everything! 😂
I then drew up a chess board as after being reminded to bring it with us I had forgotten 🙄😂
Improvisation in it’s “as good as it’s going to get” stage at it’s finest! 😂 We played one game before we realized how difficult it was to move the little pieces 😂. Here’s the part where I add in a random photo that I don’t want to leave out!
The carpet was so soft! 😂 We don’t have carpets at home anymore as they gather dust /hair and effect my sister’s allergies.
Outside there were chairs that we had been yearning to go out and sit on but couldn’t because of the ongoing rain so we decided after coming to the conclusion that the rain had only stopped for our walk that we would cover up and go sit out there whilst it was only a little bit of rain and not a torrential downpour 😂
Thinking about going out:
Vs. going out 😂:
I had my hood up and my sister had an umbrella but we soon decided to head back inside after seeing the warm fire through the window (we are as fascinated by fire as cavemen were if not more! 😂). I took a picture of the vegetable patch from the distance before retreating though 😂.
Inside we settled back with peppermint tea (in these cute little mugs that I wanted to bring home 😂) and snacks whilst enjoying the X Faxtor (are you watching it this year too? I was rooting for Rai-Elle and so am not sure what to do now she’s gone 😂 Maybe I shouldn’t have placed the majority of my hopes on one person 🤔😂 although I have been humming Rak-Su songs a lot.
I also read more of “Brooklyn” before we decided to go to bed as we were tired from the walk earlier on.
12th November – Sunday
We woke up early again so as to make the most of our final hours as we were to leave in the afternoon.
I had a shower and used some of the sweetly scented shampoo’s and it was heavenly! 😂 I usually only have baths as I can’t stand up for too long but with the force of the water in this shower I didn’t have to 😂. Afterwards I took a picture of the windowsill in the bathroom as like so many in the house it had a stone feature.
After breakfast we started to pack which wasn’t really much as what food we had brought we had eaten 😂 and our belongings had been packed after each use. Before we left we showed our mum and dad around and gave our host a box of chocolates because she had made the stay what it was with all the lovely extras and was very hospitable. On the journey back we learned about the fish tank leaking and when we got home we immediately set to on tidying up but the holiday was nice whilst it lasted! 😂 It was such a lovely time!!
My sister and I both agree that although we had a brilliant time at the cottage, it’s strange because we don’t feel sad for leaving it behind as it’s like we used the time we spent there wisely and loved every second of it 😊…but yeah of course I would love to go back there one day! 😂 It was so much fun and being away made me appreciate home more. It’s a beautiful memory to have and I’m so happy to share it with you and be able to look back on it not only as a series of pictures on my phone but as a post that I can read through and remember what I did each day! 😄
Thank you for reading! 😉💗 Hope your day is as amazing as you!