There are some days that are so special that they acquire the glow of glamour in your memory. Do you know what I mean? We had just such a day on the 7th of this month; the day of Mark's 50th birthday.
We had been planning the day for a while - Mark knew he wanted to be in Ireland and he had invited some of our closest friends to join us for a few days. It is a sign of how greatly he is loved that they did just that.
With anxious eyes we watched the weather because what he really wanted to do was picnic on the beach. We had no need to worry - Ireland put on her best frock and the day dawned bright and clear.
Our day started in the harbour town of Baltimore, West Cork. We gathered together to get the ferry across to Sherkin Island, one of our favourite places in the entire world. Our bags were loaded with wet suits, balls, books, picnic food, champagne and blankets. All the essentials!
We put together a delicious lunch of fish, veggie kebabs, asparagus spears and rice salad all washed down with champagne and the fresh air that always makes a beach barbecue taste extra delicious.
The rest of the time was spent swimming, playing beach games and building stone monuments, just perfect. The amazing one on the right was not our work - there is a mysterious beach artist at work on Sherkin!
All too soon it was time to come off the island. All we could all talk about was how perfect the day had been whilst we waited for the ferry. What we didn't know was that it was about to get even more amazing. Just as the ferry left dock a dolphin appeared and followed the boat, leaping from side to side as we journeyed towards the main land. How perfect was that?
To round it all of we sat in a harbour-side bar eating pizza and watching an amazing sun set. It was a truly perfect day.