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Conversation with a Storm Fairy

Standing along the promenade in Tramore, waves beating against the shore line, the only obvious contrast in the mid-tones of grey being the foaming white waves irregular in size and shape lashing against the concrete walls and hissing spray at the buildings near the...

The Roses

The tiny bricked in garden, dominated by a single thorny overgrown rose bush, grey brick walls, no door and only one small wooden sash window she looks through to see her precious roses. The estate agent opened the door which stuck half way and had to be pushed with a...

Mindfulness, Missy & Me

Mindfulness, Missy & Me Ebook Explores moments where our lives intersect and pause, where routine takes us into the present, where lessons are learnt and time slows. A mix of short memory pieces and mindfulness exercises By Tina O’Rourke & Alan...

Sewing Animal Dolls

Sewing Animal Dolls (Paperback) Heirloom patterns to make for Daisy and her friends. By Tina O’RourkeImprint: White OwlSeries: CraftsPages: 128Illustrations: 150 colour illustrationsISBN: 9781526757654Published: 29th April 2020 Rating: 5 out of 5 stars Sewing Animal...

Charlie & Nora

Charlie & Nora One-act play and two short film scripts. By Tina O’RourkePublisher: Clockwork ArtsPages: 80Illustrations: 6 black and white photographsISBN: 9780955338328 Published: 2007 Review “Tina O’Rourke’s two-hander is a simple but effect piece. Basically a...

The girl with no name

Standing still in the centre of the square the girl with no name, screamed silently. Each of the villagers in turn, crumbled over, mimicking the various deformed statues that lay outside of the village boundary. Only seen from afar, no one questioned where they came...

Wanderings

Wanderings

Benbulben Forest Park

Wanderings

León Travels – Ruta De Cascadas De Rio Faro

From July through to September 2019, we, that being my husband, myself and our twelve year old Springer Spaniel spent two-months in the city of Leon, in the North of Spain. During the last fortnight of our stay we visited a few of the vast amount of outdoor walks,...

Travels with Missy – Howth, Skerries & Mornington

Hi, my name is Missy Bonkers and I am a nine-year-old springer spaniel, even though everyone keeps saying that I look like a puppy. It’s really only because my human mom Tina takes me to the doggy hairdressers and has my hair cut. It’s fun there; I get treats and a...

Hill Walking

Featured Walks

Burren National Park Sunday Walk

It has been a while since we had a small adventure, and it has definitely been missed. Over the past few weeks we have been de-cluttering the stuff in our lives, just items we have hung onto, for really no reason. So the last few weekends have been all about,...

Walking Slieve Donard in the Mourne Mountains

Slieve Donard, the highest peak in the Mourne Mountains made famous by the Percy French song and until recently my nemesis (obviously being a bit dramatic here). I finally reached the top of Slieve Donard on an absolutely stunning day two weeks ago and it was worth...

Hanging Bridges of Los Cahorros Monachil

Hanging Bridges of Los Cahorros Monachil Over the last fortnight we spent eight days traveling around Granada, Malaga and the coast, lots of driving and walking along beaches, through towns, villages and some natural trails in the Sierra Nevada. Even though we had...

Climbing the Maumturks

Having never climbed any mountains before this year, I definitely made up for it during the month of March. Every weekend we climbed a mountain, as listed below and I have linked each mountain to the corresponding blog post here on my website. March 4th Slieve Binnian...

Climbing Slieve Donard

Climbing Slieve Donard 22/01/17 Quite a while ago, whilst sitting in our Camper Van at Donard carpark in Newcastle Co Down, Alan suggested that we walk through Donard Forest and up into the Mourne Mountains. At the time, for various reasons, the main one being...

Climbing Croagh Patrick

YouTube Video of our Croagh Patrick climb shot on iPhone SE with a Gimbal So the weather in Ireland can be very random, (understatement if ever there was one), we can literally have four seasons in one day and March can be a particularly random month. Now with that in...

Articles & Interviews

In Print

Lazy Days in Lahinch

Driving along the scenic route to Lahinch in Co Clare is spectacular, from the Burren to Corkscrew Hill and on past the Cliffs of Mohair, before arriving in this beautiful seaside village. Lahinch has bundles to offer from golf to surfing, great places to eat as well...

The Home Office

Working from home is fast becoming an accessible option to many people in today’s modern world. While this is an excellent option there are many pros and cons to working from your home. Will you be able to set up a dedicated work space, if not working from your living...

Holistic Interior Design

“Learning to design around natural principles may not come easily, but we must. Our resources are finite. There is no doubt that environmental concerns will shape the future of design. Less than 10 years ago sustainability and the environment were very discrete...

Beautiful Barna

Barna village is easily one of the most desirable places to live in Galway, and it is not hard to see why, it is close enough to the city yet captures the peacefulness of the countryside, all in one neat package. Not to mention that it is also surrounded by...

Mindfulness, Missy & Me

New eBook coming soon

Same but different. The woodland walk is always the same, but I am different. Sometimes stressed, sometimes calm, sometimes sick, sometimes recovering, sometimes sad, sometimes happy. My temporary difference changing my temporary experience.

Missy sees the leaves, smells the new, walks the road ahead. The autumn leaves crackle beneath her paws, the vivid colours, punctuated only by a grey sky. The way ahead appears empty, but it is full of birds, squirrels, rabbits, mice, insects, too many to name and so often, to me, unseen.

Not to Missy, she sees, she looks at me, and sometimes when I am not looking, I can see too.

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