Dublin Botanic Gardens

Sometimes all you want is a walk in the park, and when its the national botanic gardens you know you are going to be in for a treat.  Friendly squirrels following you around like you are in a Disney movie, ducks that are so chilled you wonder what’s in the water they swim in and beautiful conservatories that is a warm relieve to go into on a cold day.

The bus trip there was a slow painful trip, but getting to walk around and get lost in the beauty of the park is amazing!

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^^ The warm and toasty conservatory.  A great place to quickly warm up your hands.

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^^ The conservatory peaking out.

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^^ The most dramatic tombstone ever.  Also that large thing in the background was creepy.

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^^ The light is always beautiful here.

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^^ It got really humid in these guys, but its oh so pretty.

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^^ Sometimes you just have to look up.

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^^ a little bit of South Africa in Ireland.

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^^ layering up.

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IMG_0873new ^^ Pretty.

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^^ Cosy little bunny always smiling.

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^^ I wouldn’t mind living in one of these.

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^^ We get overly excited in cemeteries.

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^^Nailing the layers look.

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^^ Birds will be birds.

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^^ waddle, waddle, waddle.

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^^ Scarves are such a hastle.

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^^ He wanted some nuts? or treats or something.  Or maybe he just really wanted to dress me?

Christmas Feasting!

Christmas is always a special time, and this year was definitely the best Christmas ever!  The cold weather, being able to wear cosy clothes, fires and just a Christmas spirit that can’t be beaten.  Ireland is magical, being here with the person I love most in this world has been wonderful.  You don’t need to exchange gifts when you are married to the best present in the world.  So cheesy, I know, I can literally spread that cheese on bread and enjoy a toasted sandwich! but its true, there is just something about blasting the Christmas carols and watching a lot of Christmas movies that brings out everything you are grateful for or just a whole lot of boring old person vibes.  Whatever it is, I sure like it.

We celebrated with feasting on a lot of food, in true Christmas fashion, but can gluten free, sugar free and vegan really be binge eating? We actually ate small amounts and binge ate the rest the next day.  We are crazy like that.

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^^ That awkward moment when your cauliflower looks like a roasted brain.  Roasted brain for dinner anyone? It was remarkable delicious.  I could do with another one right now.  Garlic and herb deliciousness right here.

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^^ Cabbage rolls stuffed with rice and kidney beans, mashed parsnips, roasted cauliflower and a delicious Brussel sprouts  and kale stir fry.  Take me back now.

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^^ Yes, Carl does work as an elf part time.  Christmas time he turns into the happiest elf around while I point at an empty chair inviting you over.

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^^ Table manners nowhere in sight!

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^^ When you can’t stop talking about your brain like centrepiece you start taking ridiculous photos.  Obviously!

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^^ Even cut up this looks good.

Christmas time, is always a great time to talk about future plans, what we want for the new year and projects in the making.  How was your Christmas?

an instant of life captured for eternity

The weather has been BEAUTIFUL here in Youghal.  The blue skies just seems bluer when you haven’t seen it in a couple of days, and the crispness in the air just can’t be beaten on a clear cold day.  We’ve been getting into the holiday spirit and decorated our little home base with foraged décor.  When every bush turns out to be rosemary, you better believe its going to get added to the decorating fun.  Some dried orange slices, just because dried fruit always looks pretty, except prunes they never look pretty.

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^^ Rainy days gives you beautiful big rainbows.  Now where is my pot of gold.

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^^ Pretty rocks at the beach.

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^^ Sunny days.

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^^ This seagull was such a poser.

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^^ This was Carl’s I feel so violated face.  I told him to be a sexy tiger.

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^^ I’m in love with my Christmas Jersey.  The wind is doing some interesting things to my hair.  60’s hair twirl going on right there.

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^^ Elf on a break.

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^^ Harry Potter get back into your room.

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^^ Rosemary dangling off the fireplace.

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^^ Seaside treasures.

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^^ Scavenged decorations.  Nothing says Christmas like orange slices, right?

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^^ Selfie stick photos!

How was your weekend? Going anywhere for Christmas?

Origins Centre Museum

A week ago we went to check out the origins centre museum at wits and boy, was it worth the drive.  This creatively designed museum is really something special and is all about prehistoric man, the san people, rock art and more.

When you first arrive you receive a little handset that has commentary about the specific section, so you don’t have to stand there wandering what this specific piece is about or google it .  Informative is an understatement! The best way to kill a couple of hours, see some insane trance dancing and get lost in culture!

Learning is always fun!

Origins centre museum

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^^ Over-excitement!

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^^ The only dinosaur I would want to see.  Yeah, I watched Jurassic park and World.

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^^ Galleries are always a good idea.

We don’t bar hop, but museum hopping sure is fun and way nicer on the brain.