As I write this, the Easter Bank Holiday Weekend is drawing to a close and it’s been lovely. We took a few days break in the West of Ireland, as we’re not sure when we can take Summer Holidays yet. We needed the break. It really was a case of “A change is as good as a Rest” but, er, we got some rest too! It was a little crazy as my little girl got a relapse from an earlier sickness and Woahhhh, the weather was NOT kind to us but, each time I walked out of the apartments we were staying in on the Quays, the wild Atlantic Wind knocked the cobwebs right off.
The Harbour Mill is simply & comfortably furnished but I always find some redeeming feature wherever I go and here it was the cosy tweeds & tartans on the beds that caught my eye

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As you can see the blanket on the bed was reversible. The big surprise for me though was the stunning Fireplace/Mantle in the reception area. This was our second visit here but although I had noticed the real, open fire before, I never fully appreciated the vision I saw before me this time

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I sincerely wish this blog had smell-a-vision right now as there is literally nothing like the smell of a real fire. And this is what I uttered to the receptionist! As I really took notice of the fireplace, I asked her where it had come from.
“Oh, it belonged to Ernest Hemingway” she said. Of course it did. When I looked further, I discovered this:

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So, any moment I could, I sat at this fire which really was the most welcoming sight on rainy days. I’m afraid to say that I didn’t see much of Westport itself, which has cute cafés and plenty of lovely Interiors stores. One being a little out of the town: The Gaiety Antique & Vintage Store. But, there’s always next time. The Quayside however provided me with some lovely surprises:
A pretty amazing Exhibition Space, ‘Custom House Studios and Gallery’, just at the beginning Corner of the Quay, which housed some Inspiring pieces and is a gorgeous building.

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I couldn’t resist taking a pic of the Artist’s Studio downstairs

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And just a few doors down from this is a  beautiful Craft Shop/Gallery, where one of the owner’s, Suzie Sullivan, had some of her own work on display too

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These are real leaves, covered in textile with beading also. The photo doesn’t do this pretty work justice.

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Here you see it hanging beside a silk printed lamp from Kokodesigns which I thought was really beautiful. And if I had more money in my pocket, this would have come home with me

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By Artist Sinéad Wall
There are other stores along the Quay which I didn’t get a chance to pop in to, namely this one that, I could see from the window, was speaking my language {…Marimekko/Alessi…!}

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My other language being that of coffee  and suffering from lack of sleep, I also needed to refuel and the prettiest café just near the Gallery is ‘The Creel’. It kind of serves as the unofficial breakfast spot for the apartments too, as they are self- catering. I popped in for coffee and THE nicest brownie I have ever tasted. The coffee was fab and the Interiors were colourful, pretty, cosy – lovingly designed by the owner. She has upcycled chairs, painted tiles in the bathroom and pays so much attention to this lovely spot, that she closes every January and renovates. All food is home cooked and I’m only sad I didn’t get to spend more time here

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Oh, those Teal Curtains!

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And what visit to the west of Ireland could omit the wild and rugged landscape of these parts? We have seen this area in blistering sunshine and well, let’s just say with all the rain we get in this country, when the sun shines; the green glistens like no other. But even in the rain and mist {we never saw the top of the mountain Croagh Patrick!}, it had a certain beauty. This is the view at the bend of the road, at the end of the Quay…

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The next shot was taken from our moving car, as we entered Connemara

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…and on the last day of the holiday, we attempted a little climb on to Croagh Patrick. This is about as far as we got…

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It’s right next to the first climb! The gorse was in bloom, adding a welcome splash of colour to the rain. Only I had a little one in my arms as we turned around to descend, I would have taken a photo of the view you get of Clew Bay. “Look Mummy, you can see the whole world from here” she said.
I hope you get to see it for yourself someday, if you haven’t already.
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