Asher and I each had a birthday this past weekend and in lieu of birthday parties (which I generally dislike), we opted to co-opt Asher's special day and celebrate both birthdays by the sea.
One of our favourite places is People's Park in Dún Laoghaire. Every Sunday they have a food market that rivals any of our old market hang-outs in Kansas City. Instead of stands of produce (which is occasionally offered), they bring in food trucks, bakery and coffee stands from around the city, flowers, arts and crafts and general merriment. It's not huge and overwhelming in size and the food selection is fairly diverse, making it a great way to spend the afternoon. The kids could eat whatever they wanted, play at the playground, and Matt and I could enjoy the view and the serenity that another year of survival brings.
What we didn't anticipate this year was a Ukulele Hooley! We were treated to an afternoon of music via the Ukulele Hooley by the Sea, Ireland's National ukulele festival. This meant the park was hopping, with loads of people relaxing on the grass, socializing and patronizing the food trucks.
Despite an over 30-minute wait in various queues, we were rewarded with entertainment, cool - maybe too cool! - sea breezes and tasty treats. Instead of cake, we had warm, sugary donuts. Jack can wander on his own, checking out the used book stand. Ella danced to the ukelele beat. Asher and I shared a stone-fired pizza and sweet potato fries. Matt had some sort of pork stew (his usual fare on these Sunday outings). Good times had by all.
Beyond a string of musicians playing on Sunday, the Ukulele Hooley offers workshops throughout the weekend for children and budding musicians and an open mic night. It was unanimous that this should be our new tradition for the August birthday crew and we're already looking forward to next year.
Do you have a unique birthday tradition? Wanna join us next year for some Ukulele good times?
PS - I'm experimenting with photography and VSCO. Thank you for your patience. :)