Dia Duit friends, I hope you all had a super fun Paddy’s Day? As you all know, this was my first one living across the pond and I had a really great day. Moving from the Monasterevin Parade to the parade in Toronto Canada was quite a jump and we really didn’t know what to expect. We made our way into Downtown yesterday morning for it all dressed in green and proud as punch of our country and our culture. What do you think of my green shamrock specs!?
It’s amazing how fascinating Canadians find you when your from Ireland. Everyday my co-workers and many others are fascinated by my (bogger!!) accent and my Irish nature. And although they are like the Americans where everyone of them is Irish through their sisters, brothers, mothers, fathers milk man – a lot of them have been to and absolutely adore Ireland and the Irish culture. This was evident yesterday as hundreds of Canadians and Irish joined together to celebrate our little green home that does, at times feel a million miles away.
The parade was great, different from what I expected but great. There was lots of trad music, plenty of laughs and so many Irish/Canadians taking part. It was also great to hear hundreds of Irish accents yesterday. You could have been in Dublin! We really had a great day. Paddy even had some green beer!!
How was your Paddy’s Day and where in the world did you celebrate it?
I am like many, fascinated with past eras and vintage & antique items. So when myself and Paddy headed down to Glendalough for a day, I was delighted when we stopped in a little restaurant full of antique wonders from times gone by. Beside our table was the cutest little book shelf packed with old books and outside was a selection of old bicycles that were worn and battered but so pretty too.
The food was amazing to say the least and the staff were so friendly. I’m not sure of the name of the little place but it’s just after the turn for Glendalough and it looks like a white cottage on the outside. For the quality food and antique surroundings – it’s most definitely worth a visit.
Sunsets are amazing. I love driving into a sunset or even having the chance to witness one on a walk. For me, the more dramatic the colours and clouds the more amazing the sunset. The sunset in these pictures wasn’t the boldest in colour but the cloud formations made it super prettyful to watch.
What incredible weather we have been having! I for one have been out soaking up the rays, hitting the beach and exploring a little big of Ireland. Here is my week in pictures….
Last weekend, me and Paddy visited Duckett’s Grove Castle in Co. Carlow. It was such an amazing place, rich in history, sites, beauty and spookiness… The first picture is of me at the entrance to the woods from the walled gardens.
The second is of a tree which has the most prettyful blossoms.
On Friday we decided to head down to the sea in Waterford. We sat on the beach and watched kiddies and adults play in the sand and sea and done a little bit of surf watching.
I then fell in love with the coolest car EVER! I must have one…a VW Beetle. It was so shiny and pretty and I really want to get one!
As you do when you are in an Irish seaside town – we hit the amusements..and Paddy won me a teddy! Say hello to Eeyore!
And now..back at home – I am enjoying the first day of Summer. Wow can you believe it – It’s May already!
On Saturday, myself and Paddy visited Duckett’s Grove in Co Carlow. After hearing many good reports about the beautiful grounds and ruins we decided it would be nice to take a walk around it. And although I had seen lots of pictures of it online, it was way more spookier in person. The ruins of the once gothic castle were shadowed by a huge look out tower and some of the prettiest gardens ever.
I had two cameras with me on the day, my own personal digital camera and my phone. I decided to take some pictures in Sepia as it seemed to suit our surroundings.
I will post my full collection of pictures over the next few days on my pix account so keep an eye out there to!
I love being by the sea. We all have that place, that environment where we feel right at home – for me that place is by the sea. We took a road trip back to the 1990′s two weeks ago and decided to visit Courtown in Co Wexford. As predicted, I quickly reverted back to my childhood self and legged it to the beach.
I love the beach. On the beach I am happy, relaxed, mellow yellow.
I brought my camera with me that day and I was so happy I did. It was a really hot hazy sunshine day and I was in heaven. I got some amazing pictures of the shoreline and the sun glistening off the water. It was magical.