Three weeks on

Three weeks ago today we got on a flight from Copenhagen and landed in Dublin. It seemed like any other visit we have made over the last 3 years, but this time, it was a one way ticket. This time we took more luggage, including two bikes. This time, we are here to stay. Almost a month has passed, like a dream. There has been so many new faces, smells, challenges and surprises and so many memories which pop up at unexpected times. But we are taking each day, one at a time, and doing our best to remember why we made the decision to move to Ireland. What it is we want from this chapter in our lives. More family time, more mountain time, more wild time. Here’s my “best of” so far, which involves a lot of family, hills, birds, bikes, a bit of exercise and the odd dead thing.

Maybe we should have brought a Danish one, so we don't forget the colours!?

Maybe we should have brought a Danish one, so we don’t forget the colours!?

Sorting our lives and choosing what to bring was not an easy challenge

Sorting out our lives

Leaving one family to be closer to another, another decision that wasn't easy.

Leaving one family to be closer to another

Jeg glemmer aldrig hvor godt vi havde det på kisumvej med familien

Jeg glemmer aldrig hvor godt vi havde det på kisumvej med familien

Happy to be in Dublin with all our luggage and two bikes!

Happy to be in Dublin with all our luggage and two bikes!

Last step of the journey, taken seriously!

Last step of the journey, taken seriously!

One of our new house mates - Suzie

One of our new house mates – Suzie

Bikes and nails don't really go together!

Bikes and nails don’t really go together!

The bikes have featured heavily in our first 3 weeks, but also some walking

The bikes have featured heavily in our first 3 weeks, but also some walking, when flat tyres appear

Exploring the back roads by bike I fell in love with stone walls all over again!

Exploring the back roads by bike I fell in love with stone walls all over again!

A view and a half!

A view and a half!

Exploring our new local patch at Ravensdale

Exploring our new local patch at Ravensdale

It is a magical place, better than I remember!

It is a magical place, better than I remember!

Exercise out in the open, top of our list

Exercise out in the open, top of our list

Sisterly competition at Dundalk Park Run

Sisterly competition at Dundalk Park Run

Sisters who run, sometimes!

Sisters who run, sometimes!

Some things never change!

Some things never change!

What's a garden without a bird feeder?!

What’s a garden without a bird feeder?!

Keeping busy in the garden

Keeping busy in the garden

DIY table for sunny breakfast, lunch, dinner or a nap!

DIY table for sunny breakfast, lunch, dinner or a nap!

Coastal wander to visit a tern colony, with typical Irish sunshine (showers)

Coastal wander to visit a tern colony, with typical Irish sunshine (showers)

Lunch in the hills

Lunch in the hills, when ever we get the chance

nest

Wonderful finds on the roadside…

dead

An unlucky pygmy shrew, spotted on the road side

Bridge gazing around Ravensdale

Bridge gazing around Ravensdale

You never know what you might see from a bridge!

You never know what you might see from a bridge!

Volunteering with BirdWatch Ireland to meet some people and talk birds!

Volunteering with BirdWatch Ireland to meet some people and talk birds!

Hawthorn, pure perfume!

Hawthorn, the perfume of Irish country lanes!

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