León Travels – Ruta De Cascadas De Rio Faro

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,...

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Camping in Spain & Cork to Santander on Brittany Ferries

Camping in Spain & Cork to Santander on Brittany Ferries

So week one in Spain, and it was definitely a long week of traveling. After looking at all our options to travel here, because we wanted to bring our dog with us, we finally settled on a newly inaugurated Brittany ferry service taking us directly from Cork/Ringaskiddy...

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Travels with Missy – Howth, Skerries & Mornington

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...

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Waterford Walls

Waterford Walls

Late last year on a weekend trip to Waterford, whilst driving into the city we were greeted with a stunning image of a man’s body being embraced from behind with further unknown hands firmly clasped around his out stretched arms. The image literally sat up on a hill...

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Benbulben Forest Walk & Trip to Strandhill

Benbulben Forest Walk & Trip to Strandhill

I spend most of my working week with my head stuck in a computer. Which means at this time of the year, with the shorter days, I definitely don't get enough walking done in the evenings. So when the weekends come around I take every opportunity to spend most of them...

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Hillsborough Forest Park and Lake Walk

Hillsborough Forest Park and Lake Walk

We frequently visit the North of Ireland because my hubby is from Banbridge in Co Down and one of our favourite spots to stop off for a walk with our dog Missy has to be the Hillsborough forest park and lake walk. Located in Hillsborough town, which is not too far...

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First Sunset 2018 – Looking forward

First Sunset 2018 – Looking forward

For always and ever, at this time of the year I struggle the most. It is smack in the middle of winter for us here in Ireland (now I don't really mind that bit, apart from the lack of light), but it is also smack in the middle of peak commercialism and everything it...

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Burren National Park Sunday Walk

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,...

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Walking Slieve Donard in the Mourne Mountains

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...

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Camping Aillebrack Beach, Ballyconneely, Co Galway

Camping Aillebrack Beach, Ballyconneely, Co Galway

Last weekend we travelled to Aillebrack Beach, when we lived in Clifden this was my favourite beach to visit and swim at. I personally find it a magical place, with ever changing skies that blend and contrast with the horizon line, and of course the whole Atlantic...

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Random Constructs and Thoughts on Poo

Random Constructs and Thoughts on Poo

This year I made two pretty big changes to my life, one was to start walking up mountains (generally being outdoors more) and the second was changing to a vegan lifestyle –both of these things managed to centre around deconstructing pre-established ideas I held and...

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Camping in Cong, Co Galway

Camping in Cong, Co Galway

The village of Cong is just a short forty-five minute drive from our house in Galway and on a sunny weekend it is a great place to visit for a short break. This summer we have endeavoured to make the most of any sunny weekends by camping. Our tent and accessories are...

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Camping in Donard, Co Wicklow

Camping in Donard, Co Wicklow

The following weekend we headed, this time to the East side of Ireland, Donard in Co Wicklow to be precise. I had originally called a different campsite but they were all booked up and they kindly gave us Nuala’s number and thankfully they had space. Note: at this...

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Camping Loughkey Forest Park

Camping Loughkey Forest Park

Just five days after our last camping trip, read about it here, my summer plans of camping with my dogs got drastically turned on its head. My older Spaniel, whom I thought was just slowing down because of her age, suddenly passed away before we even got to the second...

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Road Trip & Camping with our Dogs

Road Trip & Camping with our Dogs

Road Trip I think impromptu trips are always the best. I love the idea of waking up on a given morning and by the afternoon deciding to go away camping for the weekend, just because! It’s a bit like being able to eat breakfast cereal for dinner, just cause you’re an...

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Tra Salin Beach, Co Galway

Tra Salin Beach, Co Galway

Apart from visiting forest parks, my all time favourite places to visit are quiet beaches. Having lived most of my life on the West Coast of Ireland I would now find it almost impossible not to live somewhere close to the sea. I do believe it has become a fundamental...

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Hanging Bridges of Los Cahorros Monachil

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...

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Sky Road / Clifden Beach Walking Loop

Sky Road / Clifden Beach Walking Loop

During a sunny week in Galway City and County what better way to experience the beautiful weather and scenery than to go on a selection of walking trips. I have to say here now, I absolutely love walking. Having been an exercise phobic for most of my life discovering...

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Birr Castle & Gardens

Birr Castle & Gardens

Birr Town is just 1½ hours drive from Galway City, making it the perfect place to visit for one of our Sunday day trips. Located right in the heart of Birr town is Birr Castle, Gardens, and Science Centre, the Castle itself is the private residence of the 7th Earl of...

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Tollymore Forest Park – Rainy Afternoon Walk

Tollymore Forest Park – Rainy Afternoon Walk

On a recent trip to Newcastle in Co Down we spent a rainy afternoon exploring Tollymore Forest Park, as an alternative to our Slieve Donard climb which got rained out the previous day (see post about that here). Tollymore forest park is very close to Newcastle and is...

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Sunny Sunday walk in Kylemore Abbey Gardens

Sunny Sunday walk in Kylemore Abbey Gardens

Recently we had a family visit to Kylemore Abbey and Gardens, with the main focus of our visit being the gardens themselves. On a sunny day in there can be no better place to while away a few hours wandering through this wonderfully restored Victorian walled garden....

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Climbing the Maumturks

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...

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Climbing Slieve Donard

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...

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Climbing Croagh Patrick

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...

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Slieve Binnian – Silent Valley – Mourne Mountains

Slieve Binnian – Silent Valley – Mourne Mountains

Slieve Binnian – Silent Valley – Mourne Mountains So earlier this year I climbed by very first mountain, and I managed to get to the Saddle in the Mournes, which is just shy of its tallest peak Slieve Donard. Not bad going as I did the climb in my docs and jeans,...

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New Year’s Day – 2017

New Year’s Day – 2017

First new video and post of 2017, but it is by no means the first I have drafted. Progressively over the past number of years, I have been unpeeling the onion layers of ideas and cultural norms I have taken for granted most of my life. So this year when it came to New...

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Malaga’s Urban Street Art

Malaga’s Urban Street Art

Whilst researching ‘things to see & do” in Malaga before our recent trip there, I stumbled across the MAUS (Malaga Arte Urbano SoHo) project and added it as a definite must visit when we got there. I am so glad I did, as it was well worth the half day we spent...

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Rosscahill wood, Co Galway

Rosscahill wood, Co Galway

Rosscahill wood, Co Galway Nemophilist – one who is fond of forest or forest scenery; a haunter of the woods. Definitely a word I will have to add to my vocabulary, as most of my spare time over the past year has been spent walking, meandering, cycling and daydreaming...

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Visit to Thoor Ballylee & Mill

Visit to Thoor Ballylee & Mill

Even though Thoor Ballylee is just a quick 30 min drive from my home in Galway, it is somewhere we rarely get to visit. The former home of WB Yeats had been closed since 2009 due to extensive flood damage. Lack of funding meant that it remained closed until a local...

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Mercado Central Atarazanas, Málaga, Spain

Mercado Central Atarazanas, Málaga, Spain

A few weeks ago my hubby and I spent a week in Málaga, the sun was much needed after our pretty wet and gloomy Irish summer. But enough of that, I was pretty excited as I had just been given a pressie of a new iPhone SE and Gimble (basically a steadicam for the...

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Estufa Fria, Lisbon

Estufa Fria, Lisbon

Estufa Fria – Cold Greenhouse On our last trip to Lisbon we got to visit an amazing enclosed green space called Estufa Fria, which literally translates into English as Cold Greenhouse. Located in Parque Eduardo VII, Estufa Fria began life in an abandoned basalt mine,...

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F.E. McWilliam Gallery, Banbridge

F.E. McWilliam Gallery, Banbridge

Over the weekend we took the opportunity to visit the F.E. McWilliam Gallery in Banbridge as we were on a trip up north to visit the hubby’s family. The gallery is situated just off the first exit into Banbridge as you travel on the Motorway from Dublin to Belfast,...

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Last days of Summer – In the Garden

Last days of Summer – In the Garden

We are in the last few days of August, schools are starting back and summer is coming to an end. Living on the west coast of Ireland, we experienced a lot of rain this summer, but today the sun came out to bathe the garden in its glorious light. Not all my sunflowers...

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Moate to Mullingar 60 km Cycle

Moate to Mullingar 60 km Cycle

For our 3rd trip to the Old Rail Trail in the Irish midlands we decided to start at Moate and cycle through to Mullingar, a cycle officially listed as just under 60km, but because we cycled a tad further we ended up going just over the 60km mark. Not bad for my 6th...

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Coole Park Woodland Cycle

Coole Park Woodland Cycle

Coole park is a great place to visit for many reasons, fab woodland walks, local history, amazing Irish literature connections to name but a few. One of our favourite things to do, is to take out the bikes and go for a leisurely woodland cycle with the spaniels....

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Athlone Mullingar Greenway

Athlone Mullingar Greenway

 Athlone Mullingar Greenway AKA The Old Rail Trail The 40km Athlone Mullingar Greenway runs along what was originally the railway track between the two towns. The trains officially stopped running in 1987 and the line has been unused up until now, that is. The new...

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Diamond Hill Connemara

Diamond Hill Connemara

Living in Galway City on the West Coast of Ireland means that Connemara and all its spectacular beauty is close enough for impromptu sunny day visits, and Sunday just past was just one of those sunny days. Keeping with our walking theme, since we are on a healthy kick...

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Irish Seed Saver Association

Irish Seed Saver Association

 Irish Seed Savers Association Recently I visited the Irish Seed Savers association in Co Clare, it had been on my "to visit" list for absolutely ages and finally during a wonderful day in May I made the trip. Having been an avid gardener/grower for numerous...

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Renville Park Oranmore

Renville Park Oranmore

Recently, I have been walking a lot more than usual, in particular after our visit to Lisbon. As a consequence we have been visiting a lot more parks and forest walks. My favourite and most constant walk has to be through Derrydonnell woods. (More about that in a...

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Carpe Diem Arte e Pesquisa – Lisbon

Carpe Diem Arte e Pesquisa – Lisbon

One of the most interesting places we visited in Lisbon had to be the Carpe Diem Arte e Pesquisa on Rua de O Século 79, Bairro Alto. We were quite lucky as it was a ten minute walk from our Airbnb. Carpe Diem Arte e Pesquisa is set in an amazing space housed in Pombal...

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Botanic Garden Lisbon

Botanic Garden Lisbon

Jardim Botânico da Universidade de Lisboa. I do love gardening and my little garden at home, so when I discovered our Airbnb was just across the road from the Botanic gardens, I had to visit. Even though it wasn’t very hot, around 23 degrees while we were in Lisbon,...

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LX Factory Lisbon

LX Factory Lisbon

A definite go to place if you happen to be in Lisbon is the LX Factory, Alan (the hubby) had it at the top of his “to visit” list, so after settling in we he headed there. At this point I should suggest that A. it is a destination point and B. don’t walk there, what...

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