Getting Away from it All

Apologies for the lack of posting in recent days – with my usual excellent timing, I managed to organise my relaxing birthday week away in Northern Ireland to coincide with an extremely unrelaxing editing job (hello 120-page international tax policy document) and POP planning suddenly stepping up a gear. So in the interests of full disclosure, for every relaxing barefoot* stroll on the beach, there has been an equal and opposite period spent chained to the laptop in a position that would make my physio wince.

beach footprints

We also learned that, at least in the UK, if you’re looking for a nice seafood lunch, a proper working fishing harbour is probably the last place you should look, but the cafe on the harbour front will do you a very good value fry up. I suppose if you work with fish all day, the last thing you want to do is eat the stuff. Presumably it all goes straight back out to Europe to be eaten by people who don’t consider seafood to be some sort of an aberration.

kilkeel harbour

Or it did, anyway. For the other thing we seem to have been doing – like approximately 90% of my social media timeline – is watching the numbers tick up on the Revoke Article 50 petition (you have signed it, right?), while the government, opposition, and apparently the entire political system falls apart around us. Not that you’d know about it around here, despite the fact that we’re in the region that will likely feel it the most. Perhaps it’s because it’s the sort of place where you go to get away from that sort of thing (we came here on holiday right through the 80s and 90s and the Troubles barely seemed to touch it either) but nobody’s said a word about it and everything is apparently just carrying on as normal. As long as there’s ice cream to be had, and mountains to climb and the harbour wall to be inspected, and black guillemots sitting in pairs on the sea wall, we might just find a way through this madness and come out the other side.

That in itself has got to have made this week’s visit worth our while.

*OK, I wasn’t the one who was brave enough to go barefoot. The weather’s been nice, but it is still March

8 Responses to Getting Away from it All

  1. Looks so serene. ❤

  2. Viviane says:

    5,660 K have signed ! Well sorry I can’t but bravo all the same. A question : why didn’t this petition happen sooner ?

  3. Andy in Germany says:

    Yes, I signed it: finally Brits in the EU are allowed to say what we think.
    Whether anyone will actually listen of course is another matter…

  4. disgruntled says:

    @petiteloulou – it was, just a shame I couldn’t spend time doing more of that!
    @viviane – I think there have been a few, this was just the one that took off.
    @Andy – and non-Brits in the UK too. It’s worth a shot, anyway

  5. Lizzie says:

    Some full disclosure here from one of your regular readers. I voted to leave and would still vote the same way. I hope that means I’m still welcome here….

  6. disgruntled says:

    Of course you are Lizzie – I appreciate we all need to get out of our bubbles and remember we have more in common than divides us.

  7. Signed. We took our holiday in Ireland last year, a campsite owner said English visitors had stayed away in drove since the referendum…

  8. disgruntled says:

    Our Irish relatives are equal parts appalled and fascinated by Brexit. It’s going to have a terrible impact on them

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