Take 2

Well hello, it’s been a while, quite a while fact. Recently I was away and met some great people, one of which had a blog…..and I heard myself say to her  “Oh, I used to have one of those”. Past tense. It was then I realised I had no valid reason for ever giving it up. … More Take 2

Seaweed bath?

I have been procrastinating.  Why is it that the things on my own doorstep I’m the least likely to do? For years I have been saying I would love to have a seaweed bath, but have never had one, now finally I have. A seaweed bath, like the name suggests is a bath of hot seawater … More Seaweed bath?

A day for ducks

Its wet and stormy outside so I am inside toasty and cosy by the fire. I was sifting through some photographs I took during the week and came across these ducks. There is a duck pond in the woods nearby that’s on the bank of the river and the ducks move between the two. One … More A day for ducks

Westport House and its infamous ancestor

Perhaps I am watching too much Downton Abbey, but I got a little carried away when I was in Westport and decided to visit the 18th Century Westport House. It is privately owned by a family, who are direct descendants of Grace O’ Malley, the famous 16th Century Pirate Queen of Connaught. Now she was interesting………………  The website … More Westport House and its infamous ancestor

Learning the basics

I grew up in a town called Ballina, in the north west of Ireland.  Approximately 10,000 people live here and my family live a few miles outside the town itself near to the Quay Village. I looked up this history today and was reminded the town was founded in 1723 but the settlement existed long before. … More Learning the basics