Enjoying Summer Weather At Last

Johnny and I went fishing at Pol na bPeist over the last two summer-like November days. It was very20151102_110010 relaxing and serene even though the seas were quite rough and the waves were crashing hard. The warm breeze and bright sunshine felt like we were in heaven.  That’s how I feel most days living here, even in the depths of winter. But winter’s far from our minds this week as we enjoy summer weather at last. 


We discovered this puddle many years ago. When it dries out it’s still a heart shape only with a white salty outline.


The wormhole. Click here for a breathtaking professional aerial view of it from the Red Bull Cliff Diving Team.


Johnny casting a few lines into the wormhole.


Pollock for dinner.


Waves crashing against the island cliffs.


That’s me. It’s not as dangerous as it appears from this angle.


Rockfish caught using homemade traditional fishing line.


Slaters/rockfish bait gathered from between the cracks in the nearby cliffs.

Waves crashing on the cliffs.

Waves crashing on the cliffs.

With plenty of fish in our bucket it's time to head home.

With plenty of fish in our bucket it’s time to head home.


  1. Mama Cormier says:

    Wow that does look scary. I’ll take your word for it when you say you were safe. I’m amazed that the fish bite when the water is so rough. The weather here has also been glorious for November. We need to enjoy it while we can.

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    • I’m not sure how rough the water is at the bottom of the sea, but that is how far we let our lines go, just until we felt it touch sea floor and then start to reel in slowly. Do enjoy the fine weather while it lasts. I’m off to walk the dog now as a bit of rainfall has just ended and sun is out once again. 🙂

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  2. Melissa Shaw-Smith says:

    Melissa, each sweet day at this time of year is an unexpected gift. Thanks for sharing yours. Having an Indian summer day here ourselves in NE US. Those rock fish look wonderful. Caught a few myself off the Connemara coast over the years. Enjoyed the link too. Those fellas have some b@$$s! That or no brains. All the best, Melissa

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    • It’s a real treat to get this bit of sunny happiness just before the winter sets in. I love the cool days and nights by the fire, but am enjoying some extra time in the garden without the cold wind whipping through my clothes. I know the beauty you are surrounded by there in autumn is made extra extra special by an Indian summer. Enjoy every moment of it!!
      Those cliff divers are impressively brave aren’t there? I don’t know how they do it. They mustn’t have children — I lost all my fearlessness when I had mine. 🙂


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    • Just seeing this now. I’d like to share some of the Irish quotes I enjoy most. I’ve put some proverbs in posts in the past but have yet to get quotes together. Been writing by the seat of my pants these days. Things will slow down soon as the weather turns to winter. Hope you are enjoying your week. Melissa Xx

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  4. Roz Hill says:

    Hi Melissa, I have followed most of your wonderful posts over the summer. This one reminds me of my parents, they cast out lines on the Welsh coast and fished the tide on our many camping holidays in North Wales. Nothing like freshly caught fish cooked on an open fire. I can taste it now!
    My mum is now 95 , but she would love to share fishing stories with you! Night trecks across sandy flats, wading waste deep through incoming tidal streams and returning home with a catch after battling with huge bass on the end of the line. You know!
    I was little but digging for lug worms was great fun!!
    Warm wishes Roz x

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    • Oh how I would love to hear your mum’s fishing stories ! Your own memories sound lovely as well. You have me reminiscing about fishing with my parents. We did brook fishing and lake fishing. Yes, struggling to reel a fish in was such a rush! We dug for ‘night crawlers’, big ole worms that brook trout loved. Ah, good times.

      How is Phil? I have been off line very much this summer and finding it hard to fit it back into my schedule still. As the weather turns to wet and windy, so too will my time at the computer be more plentiful, not to rush it of course.

      Lovely to chat Roz. Let’s not wait so long to do it again! Melissa Xx



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