Thursday Doors – Family Time

Gallery image of this property

Family Time may seem a strange title for a Thursday Doors post but in these days of restricted travel and intermittent lockdowns spending time with loved ones is a rare occurrence. In December, when there was some freedom of travel for a limited period, we were very fortunate to spend time with children and grandchildren. Nobody was sick, thank goodness, so we headed up north on a long overdue trip. Our daughter’s cosy little rental cottage is where we stayed, right next to the family home. It was so good to stock up on lots of hugs from our grandchildren and to explore some lovely County Antrim scenery that I hadn’t experienced before.

My daughter brought me to one of her favourite places and when I saw these old circular pillars I knew we were in for a treat. A walk through some beautiful native woodland lay ahead. Ireland is full of stone walls and pillars, as it was a great way to create boundaries using material that was readily available while clearing rocky fields.

It wasn’t long before we reached the woodland trail and found some information about the area. In the distant past, oak woods were abundant in the north-east area of Antrim but the trees were gradually felled for timber and to clear the land for farming. Breen Oakwood nature reserve is one of a few remaining segments of what used to be extensive native woodlands. Nice to see that it’s home to lots of red squirrels.

Thanks to my daughter I had a fabulous walk in this beautiful nature reserve. Interestingly, Breen is my mother’s maiden name so I really felt at home there.

We didn’t see any red squirrels on our walk but there’s no shortage of them at my daughter’s house. Here’s one cheeky wee fella poking his head through the open window, enjoying a snack. There are deer, foxes, rabbits and buzzards to be seen, too, in the fields and woods around the garden. If you’re planning a trip to Northern Ireland and the Antrim coast and glens, a few days spent in the cottage surrounded by nature with the beach and town close by, is only a click away. Let’s hope that tourists will be able to visit at some point this year. I’ll leave a link at the end of this post.*

Hopefully, you’re feeling energized after our short virtual hike through the woods. I really enjoyed Thursday Doors hunting for this post as it involved spending precious time with family, and if you carry on over to Dan’s blog you’ll find lots more places to explore.

Cosy Cottage on the Causeway Coast and Glens – airbnb *

Cosy Cottage on the Causeway Coast and Glens – *


About Jean Reinhardt

Author of 'A Pocket Full of Shells' an Amazon International best seller, Jean writes young adult and historical fiction. She has been known to shed a tear over Little House on the Prairie.
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30 Responses to Thursday Doors – Family Time

  1. Nature is a savior these days!

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  2. acarratt says:

    beautiful place to unwind and be in residence , a place i’v never been in ,only passing through

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  3. It was a double win, you were able to visit a lovely spot and you got to hug your family. Envy envy envy πŸ™‚

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  4. How wonderful that you were able to see your kids and grandkids. That the best, and spending time together taking lovely walks and enjoying nature just makes it better. The door is lovely. I love the color combo blue and white and this ticks that box for me.

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  5. Junie-Jesh says:

    Happy you could finally spend time with your kids and grandkids! What a delightful walk, Jean! That path next to the river, and the small waterfall, so full of life!

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  6. Dan Antion says:

    What a lovely area, Jean. I love the cottage and the gates, but the scenery steals the show. That and the squirrel. Thanks for sharing these for Thursday Doors.

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  7. slfinnell says:

    That view between the pillars! Gorgeous!! Hope you’ll get more of those hugs with the grands real soon!!

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  8. What a beautiful place, Jean. I like the gates and the cottage is beautiful in its simplicity.


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  9. Teresa says:

    Oh what a beautiful place and happy times with the family. The doors are a bonus!

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  10. Lovely walk and a beautiful daughter, but I’ll pass on the squirrel inside. πŸ™‚ Your beautiful lush green landscape brought back wonderful memories.

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  11. Hi Jean, thank you for sharing your fabulous photographs. We were supposed to visit Ireland last August. Maybe next year. So very beautiful.

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  12. thebendyfork says:

    Such a gorgeous part of the country. I miss forest and streams. Hope you’re keeping safe and well. It feels like we will never get home some days, so these pictures are great.

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  13. Ohhh, this scenery is gorgeous! I’m so glad that you had a chance to spend some time together in such a beautiful location.

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