This weekend has been perfect. We are notorious for our pretty rotten weather in Ireland, but since the sun was shining it was clear to see what a beautiful country we live in. It really got me thinking how incredible it is to live in a place that can be so fantastic without really being appreciated. I noticed a few reasons why Ireland is the best country in the World, when the sun shines........
1.We become a much happier and kinder nation.
Let’s be honest, we are a good-natured
bunch in general. But when the sun shines, almost everyone is in good form. We
go out, we enjoy ourselves and we experience new things. We complement each other
on our clothes and we even stop to ask strangers where they got their dress/sandals/shorts.
Even if it is inevitably “Penney’s”
2.The scenery is amazing.
What’s not to love? Although we have an
incredible beautiful country, we tend to forget until the sun shines. Sandy
beaches, pebble beaches, beautiful parks and heritage sites. There is something
for everyone when the sun is shining. We can pack up the ham sandwiches and
head off for a picnic and the kids can be entertained with a football or a
frisbee. Some of my favourite memories as a child were my parents taking us to
any open space and letting us run amok.
View from the Sugar Loaf mountain
The banks of the River Liffey
My local Park!
3.Ice cream Me Up!
We are always within 200m of an ice cream
when the sun shines. It’s as if ice cream vans come out of the woodwork! As
this is my personal favourite, it becomes acceptable to eat ice cream at any
point in the day and there is no worry about spoiling your dinner…. which will
probably be a salad, because your Mam says it’s too hot to cook!
I repeat - I'm not even sorry!
I have never seen anywhere else in the
world, to have a beer garden culture like Ireland. As soon as the sun shines it
becomes automatically acceptable to put a few wooden tables in a car park and
Voila! You have a readymade beer garden. When I was younger, my visions of
being an adult always seemed to involve drinking in a beer garden in some point
in the future. We swap Guinness for Bulmers and stick a few sausies on a BBQ. Job done!
5.So much grass
With the exception of my hay fever-ed
friends, we all love that there is so much grass in Ireland. When the sun
shines, we take off our shoes, lie down on the ground, possibly make a daisy
chain and basically we are happy out.
What I love most, is that everyone becomes so proud to be
Irish. You can hear choruses of “This is the best little country in the world
when the sun shines” Or “If we could only have this for 3 months, we’d put up
with 9 months of rain” and other things that we don’t actually mean! But for a
few days of every year, everyone loves Ireland and we go out and experience the
best that it has to offer. Over the next couple of days, if you can, try to go
somewhere you’ve never been. If you can’t do this, at least spend some time
with your feet in the grass J