A Sunday Snippet – Home For Christmas

I did promise in My First Blog Post to tell you a little more about me. So, as I am home for Christmas, I thought you might like to see where I live.

Cranfield Bay Holiday Park

My home base is a static caravan in Cranfield Bay, Co Down, Northern Ireland. If you have ever heard the song, “The Mountains of Mourne”, written by Percy French you will have heard the line “sweep down to the sea“. Well, I live not far from where the mountains sweep down, in fact I can see the Mourne Mountains from my living room window.

View from my living room

To the other side of me is Carlingford Lough which is a glacial fjord that forms part of the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. I cannot see the sea from my windows but I can hear the waves when I lie in bed, especially on a stormy night.

Along the shore

When I exit through the gates of the park where I live I have a wonderful view of the Haulbowline Lighthouse, or, as we locals refer to it, Cranfield Lighthouse which sits at the entrance to Carlingford Lough and is an active lighthouse with an electric fog horn. It can be quite an emotional experience to lie in bed on a foggy night and listen to the fog horn and think of the souls who have been lost at sea.

Cranfield Lighthouse

However, it is a place of great beauty and I am very privileged to live here. Unfortunately the climate in Ireland doesn’t serve me well, I struggle with my health when I am here which is why I have taken to spending as much time as possible in warmer countries.

You may wonder how I got here, I wonder that myself sometimes. It certainly hasn’t been a straight path, there have been many hills and bends to navigate along the way but that’s enough for now, I did say this was just a snippet, there will be lots more to come.

Have you been to Ireland? If you have I would love to hear what you thought of it, where you went, some of your reflections. If you have a blog about your visit please do mention it.

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