Posted by: Sheila | April 7, 2014

A natural beauty and so far its free…………….

They say a change is as good as a rest and with summer around the corner my thoughts turn to longer days, holidays to come and holidays gone before.  As a parent of four children (some bigger than others)   there is so much I want to show them and share with them.

Two years ago we brought our three smallest charges to the Eiffel Tower amongst other sights in France.  When the big lad was small we stood with him at the Tower, the baby in the buggy and  we marvelled at its vast structure. On this occasion as we marched from the metro and gazed at the Eiffel Tower for the first time I was blown away by my children’s lack of excitement. I carried on and when we finally reached the second floor of the Tower one of them commented that there was quite a bit of metal.  Later that same day as fought our way through crowds to view the Mona Lisa I was not too surprised when their main comment was that she was ugly and the painting was small.

Fast forward two years and we discover that a short drive from our home lies the Motte Stone. The Motte Stone is a huge white granite boulder deposited by a glacier from the ice age. There is a short climb namely about five rungs on a ladder to the top and from there you can view about five counties. It took us  longer than required to locate the stone but nonetheless when we arrived it was remarkable in its simplicity and beauty. We took turns taking photographs on the stone of the surrounding area and the same son remarked to me that he thought it was better than the Eiffel Tower.  The answer was here all along, a twenty minute drive, free entry and a very happy family. Happiness is strange it can be found in the most unlikely places. In our haste to see the world we had ignored an overgrown car-park down a narrow lane leading to an area of remarkable magnificence and right on our doorstep.   

What undiscovered beauty have you found in your community? Do you believe we travel too far for exotic locations when we already have it all? I would love to hear your feedback and any suggestions for simple outings at home or away.

My book “Simply be-Spring” is available from The village bookshop Greystones and  Bridge Street Books, Wicklow and on line at and . “Simple be-Summer” will be launched  early next month.



  1. I don’t do many outings lately, but yes, the best things in life seems to be free. Luck, for one. 🙂

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    • Thanks for your comment, I think the times we remember most are outside and nearly always free


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