Lost in Kilkenny & Writing Wisdom

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 Hubs and I got lost on one of our Countryside drives last week. Although it took us by surprise and I felt as though...
Young seagull and parent.

The Seagulls of Dunmore East

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Before the storms, there was Dunmore East . . . This is what I shall tell myself when my country cottage is under siege from swirling gusts and whipping rain. Yes, I've read the weather forecast for the coming week and it doesn't look good. So today, I'll be reflecting on a fresh, but sunny afternoon, spent at the harbour in Dunmore East.

Jimmy’s Forest: A Real Hoot

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Jimmy Doherty, famed for his pig farming and links to Jamie Oliver has set himself a new woodland challenge, resulting in the Channel 4 programme: Jimmy's Forest.

April Shimmers

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A flash drive masquerading as a silver glittery locket - my find of the week.  It's nerdy, yet pretty, back up and bling up. ...

A Bat in the House and a Spy in the Huddle

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My days are awash with wildlife. A bat moved into my house over the weekend, not a word of notice, just made himself at home over the backdoor.
mistle thrush

The Fearless Mistle Thrush

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The mistle thrush is a proud character, who first came to my attention last spring. He is back again this year and hard to miss.

No Snow just Soup and the Jack Frost Handshake

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I hope I'm not going to jinx Waterford by saying this but we seem to have escaped the snow. That's not to say Jack Frost hasn't shaken us firmly by the numb hand. We did experience a gentle flurry yesterday, but it never looked close to delivering the full horror of a snowstorm.
Island of trees against background of mountains in Connemara.

The Magic of County Galway

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All around, the coral mountains, crumbling stone walls, lakes - a shade that borrows from sea, that could belong to somebody's eyes . . . These were my impressions of County Galway, as we journeyed towards Clifden, a town known for its extraordinary position, nestled between the foothills of the Twelve Bens and the magnificent Atlantic Ocean. The day was sleepy with heat, an atmosphere reflected in this island, furnished with sloping trees.
Swallow Chicks.

When Swallow Chicks Fledge

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Our swallow chicks have fledged already! It seems they were an early brood. One minute, Hubs and I were gazing up, trying to count the number of feathery faces; the next, we were looking at an empty nest.