Day Trip: Swiss Cottage and Cahir Castle

Having battled the rain for days, it was a blessing to see the sun for a few hours last week, as Hubs and I brought my visiting sister to see Swiss Cottage and Cahir Castle. Of course, we had our rain coats at the ready, but as we admired the outside of the cottage, its charms were highlighted by the warmth and glow of sunshine.
Spanish dance company Delreves, performing the opening moves of their Alice in Wonderland Inspired routine: 'Repite Conmigo' begin their dance at the top of the Menapia Building.

Sky Dance! Delreves at Waterford Spraoi Festival

I've lived in Waterford for nearly five years now, and up until last weekend, I had never experienced the Spraoi Festival. I had heard lots about it and had been intrigued, but I must admit, I'm not a big crowd person and I'm a bit of a wuss when it comes to outdoor events plus torrential downpours. But this year, I took a good look at the Spraoi programme (and the weather forecast), determined to find a suitable event to attend. I found Delreves.
Connemara scene.

The Quiet Man House

'The Quiet Man' is one of those films that made a significant impression on me as a child. I first watched it at my Aunty and Uncle's house, marvelling at the fact that here was John Wayne, in a role that didn't require a cowboy hat or studded boots. He seemed more vulnerable somehow, still with that dry sense of humour but showing a little more emotion than usual. As for Maureen O'Hara, she was so beautiful and headstrong. I loved the combatitive quality of the relationship between the two, played out against green fields and the chatter of local gossip.
alice in wonderland wire sculpture

Hill Watching, The Clancys and Ormond Castle

My weekend was pretty different, inspiring me to write about a cluster of experiences. I have been surprised by the weather, intriguing landscapes, an historic building and a local festival. The fun began with a picnic overlooking stunning views on the way to Clonmel (see pic).
Finding the perfect wedding shawl.

Christenings, Weddings and a Special Anniversary

Christenings and Weddings - two of the purest, most joyous occasions we celebrate. How lucky am I to have a christening to attend this Saturday and a wedding to go to in two weeks time? Very lucky, but slightly tortured by multiple fashion dilemmas . . .
Mumbles Lighthouse

Dylan Thomas and a Swansea Silver Wedding

I'm just back from a heartwarming trip to my hometown of Swansea, where I caught up with family, dipped my toe into the Dylan Thomas Centenary Celebrations, and ate a ridiculous amount of food!

Last Minute Christmas!

It's nearly Christmas!  Cue demented 'Slade' like roar (indicating blind panic).  You see, I'm having trouble prioritising at the moment.  I've got a Christmas...
Hay Castle.

Book-Browsing in Hay-on-Wye

My husband and I don't seem to be able to visit Wales without dedicating a day to Hay-on-Wye and all its beautiful bookshops! This time, myself and 'bump' prepared ourselves for much walking and browsing, with the blessed relief of comfy reading chairs along the way . . .

Circus Tricks, Walks and Plaice

I'm a regular at the circus, since moving to Ireland four years ago. My Mum-in-Law's field provides the perfect base for visiting circuses and means that Hubs and I get free tickets! Circus Gerbola was the latest troupe of entertainers to settle in for the weekend.