Sun, sea, sand, and snowdrops at Ards, Donegal

I needed to get some fresh air last Sunday morning and was dying to get to the coast or at least to some open space in nature. I took a notion to try and find a beach that I heard my friend Kellie Marie talk about often enough.

She takes her dog there and I knew it was a stunner from her Snapchat pictures. But by God, on this glorious Sunday, with the sun splitting the rocks, it was on another level! It is one of the most beautiful wee country walks there is in Ireland. You get beaches, you get forest, you get cliffs and the most stunning views of the Atlantic and the other beaches across the water.


Here’s some of the pictures I took (not a photographer or the owner of an actual camera so apologies for the quality but you should still be able to make out how nice it is)….and some random quotes that made me think or nod my head in agreement or laugh…




 “We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.”

 –George Bernard Shaw


“I am glad I will not be young in a future without wilderness.”

–Aldo Leopold



“The most important thing is to preserve the world we live in. Unless people understand and learn about our world, habitats, and animals, they won’t understand that if we don’t protect those habitats, we’ll eventually destroy ourselves.”

–Jack Hanna



“It is my view that the vegetarian manner of living, by its purely physical effect on the human temperament, would most beneficially influence the lot of mankind.”

―Albert Einstein



“Animals, whom we have made our slaves, we do not like to consider our equal.”

–Charles Darwin



“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.”

―Margaret Atwood




“We don’t “own” a “pet”. We are “guardians” of “companion animals”.”

–Philip Wollen



“Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.”

–Albert Einstein



“God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand tempests and floods. But he cannot save them from fools.”

–John Muir


 “He plants trees to benefit another generation.”

– Caecilius Statius


“When I was old enough to realize all meat was killed, I saw it as an irrational way of using our power, to take a weaker thing and mutilate it. It was like the way bullies would take control of younger kids in the schoolyard.”

–River Phoenix



“Just living is not enough… one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower”.

–Hans Christian Andersen



“A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food; therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite.”

–Leo Tolstoy



“Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.”

–Albert Einstein

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“Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.”

–Albert Einstein



“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”

―Jane Goodall


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