For a piece that started out as a non-event, I’m finding a surprising amount to write about! I’m amazed at what I can produce from the year that was…..
It began, as many another, toasting in the New Year and wondering where the following months would take us. Summer 2020 would work around weddings – one in Spain in July and 2 at home in August. Meanwhile, there was an April break to consider….. and June….
All this toasting and musing took place in Mexico – what a great start to the year…..
Late February found me on the US’s East Coast, concentrating in and around Charleston (South Carolina) and Savannah (Georgia).
Little did I think, on my flight home, that I was to be grounded for the rest of the year!
2020 additions to the Christmas tree!
Now just look at what I wrote this time last year when reviewing 2019….
‘I’m looking back here at the past year and can’t believe how little I’ve posted from home. In truth, my intentions were good and I’d lots of plans but by the time I wrote up everything on our trips abroad, I actually didn’t have time – So there’s a resolution for 2020!‘
WARNING TO SELF…. BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR MARIE!!!!!!!
I’d be lying to you if I didn’t admit that Covid restrictions presented an opportunity to revisit many parts of my own country and explore new corners. We took advantage of the easing of conditions during the summer and took to the roads. Yes, there were limitations on what we could do and enjoy, but we’d a great time none the less….
While regularly restricted to County Dublin, there were times we could venture further afield and enjoy forays to neighbouring counties….
I’ve had time to enjoy my capital city…..
The greatest revelation of all has been my own ‘back yard’….. lockdowns of 2km and 5km have forced us out and about, finding new walking routes and the odd local treasure. We are blessed to have the beach, an 89 acre park, woodland walks and the foothills of the Dublin Mountains all within walking distance.
12th Century Cross , Rathmichael Woods
Our local beach (now why didn’t I get skies like that in Kerry and Donegal!!)
Lunch time in the hills above our village….
Incredibly, I found something to write about almost every week last year. Together with challenges like Sculpture Saturday and Silent Sunday, etc., I managed to keep HopsSkipsandJumps fairly active.
Looking at 2021, I knew I’d have to continue drawing upon local resources in order to keep the blog alive. I’d intended doing posts on Dublin attractions etc, and hopefully manage some day trips and so on. That, along with cobbling together reports about older roadtrips and maybe a few new challenges, would perhaps eke out enough material to keep me going.
Alas, we are in lockdown again and even the 40 minute journey into Dublin City is beyond my horizon for now. So its into the old photo boxes here for inspiration…. who knows what I’ll dig up!!!
I usually finish off my annual review with a toast to the year ahead and the travels it may bring….
AND WHY NOT!!!!!
Here’s to 2021, my fellow travellers, and to that great big world out there awaiting our return!!