Add some sunshine!

The Bank Walk, Donegal Town

 

At times like these I am thankful that I live were we do!


We are never too far from a beautiful walk. And the Bank Walk in Donegal Town is just one of those magical little walks.

The Bank walk is the perfect walkway for families. It is relaxing, not too taxing and full of delightful little surprises to keep the kids amused.




At the entrance you are met with some lovely stonework and a large information sign letting us know about all the wildlife that could be spotted.


Very quickly to the right look carefully and you will find the true treasure of this walk. Look at the base of a tall tree to see a very special sign!!


You are now entering the 'Fairybank'!




On this particular evening the magic was even stronger. With the rustle of the leaves and the evening sun throwing a warm glow over us we started our fairy adventure.



Now, it's important to warn you at this stage, you must keep your eyes alert at all times as there are many many little fairy homes to be watchful for. This is the part that will keep the children extremely busy whilst also slowing up your walk!! All the more reason for the adults to take time, breathe and slow down, this is what this walk is all about.



Excitedly we begin to notice lots of new neighbours have moved in!! A wonderful new introduction to the Fairybank is the addition of more fairy doors created by children visiting the walk and leaving doors for their very own fairies to move into! How adorable 😍

 

So now that the kids are occupied, time for the adults to soak up the atmosphere.


Walking along, there is a pleasant silence punctuated only by the noise from Town carried across the water and the rustle of the autumn leaves underfoot. As the wee woman is off fairy hunting I look up, I look down and I look around. The key is to open your eyes, open your soul and allow nature to do the rest and heal.



We've reached a wide part of the path. We can choose to continue along the path or choose the 'road not taken'. Me being me and loving that Robert Frost poem off we went up the Bank into the trees.



This part is delicious! I won't even describe it to you because I couldn't do it justice. How can I feel so far away from reality at the same time as walking so close to an urban area? You will need suitable shoes for this part, it can be slippery with all the leaves and it is steep also. Hours could be spent in here. As we reach the top end of this haven the sunset reminds me to move along as the best is yet to come!!


Continue along off the beaten path until it descends and meets with the walkway again. We come around the corner and a small decline and the path opens out to the waters edge of the stunning Donegal Bay.



Well now, you can't buy happiness but.......... wow!!





Amazing. No other words needed.


At the end of this section we have another Road Not Taken issue 😆

We can walk to our right along the roadway and back into Donegal Town by road, turn back and go back the way we came in OR we could turn left up the little incline.

We could ignore the warning sign that the pathway from here over may be unstable.

Of course I did!! The wee woman was quite unsure about this Adventure but I assured her that we'd turn back if I thought it wasn't safe.

Setting off, sparks my memories and throws me back in time to romantic walks over here with himself in our hay days. Gorgeous memories.

A moment lasts all of a second but a memory lasts forever ❤

This path is much narrower and you should be mindful as the surface is wetter and mucky. Pick your steps carefully and don't venture far if you think it isn't safe. The verge down to the water's edge is very steep.

We stop as we hear and see a large grey heron below us in the water and then above our head a bird in the tree starts a conversation with us.

Just listen!!!!! 🎼


We move on as it's now starting to get dark and I really want to reach the ultimate goal before its too late!!!

Talking and listening as we go, I tell the wee woman stories about her daddy and me having these walks which she finds hilarious 😆 🤷‍♀️

And then..........


Now wasn't that so worth it!!!!

There is a bench here to sit on and enjoy. Sadly there is also some graffiti but to be honest nothing could take away from that view and the absolute peace I am feeling right now.


Inhale... exhale..... be thankful.... be strong.....just be.
This life is for living. It doesn't have to be complicated, exciting or glamorous.
Happiness is in the small things we already have and need to see again.
The chatter of an 8 year old skipping along, the birds singing, trees rustling, distant voices from the water rowing along, friends and couples enjoying their evening walk.
Life is good 🤩🌈 you just have to look for the rainbows xxx


The Road Not Taken Launch Audio in a New Window

BY ROBERT FROST

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps the better claim, Because it was grassy and wanted wear; Though as for that the passing there Had worn them really about the same, And both that morning equally lay In leaves no step had trodden black. Oh, I kept the first for another day! Yet knowing how way leads on to way, I doubted if I should ever come back. I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.

 

I hope this little story lifts your spirits today xx

Diane xxx



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