A Walk Down Memory Lane
“Walking is a man’s best medicine.”
I recently took a hike near my late mother’s childhood home.
Travelling through quiet country lanes
Past ancient peat bogs, with Errigal Mountain in the distance
Enjoying the view across Mullaghderg Lake towards the Atlantic Ocean
My mother took us back to her homeland every year but one, to enjoy six weeks of idyllic summer holidays.
We children enjoyed swimming in Mullaghderg Lake in ALL weathers!
If it was was sunny, we walked a few miles to Mullaghderg Beach via well beaten paths, laced with heather and mossy stepping stones, scrambling over rocks and fording streams, to experience a refreshing swim in the very cold waters of the mighty Atlantic.
After a few hours of swimming and playing on beautiful, white, soft sands, we enjoyed a simple picnic of sandwiches and juice, before heading homeward. We always slept well afterwards.
On less sunny days, we played for hours amongst trees and rocks, creating imaginary houses; we were never bored!
You can imagine how my heart broke on leaving Donegal each summer. It took me weeks to overcome my sense of loss. Happily, I was able to move here permanently in 1999.
On Saturday’s walk, a little goat came to greet us…
He scrambled down from his rocky perch to say “Hello”.
He then smiled for my camera.
All in all, it was a delightful ending to my walk down memory lane.
Brigid P. Gallagher is a retired natural medicines therapist, passionate organic gardener and author of “Watching the Daisies- Life lessons on the Importance of Slow,” a holistic memoir dedicated to the art of mindfulness and healing from debilitating illness.
She lives in Donegal, Ireland – an area of outstanding natural beauty.
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