an instant of life captured for eternity

Life lately has been a whirlwind of adventure.  Seriously guys, its been kind of exhausting, but worth it, I’ve been having muscle pains in places I didn’t know muscles could even be at?! Its been all cliff walks, forest hikes and running to catch buses around here.  We actually crossed a highway and trekked up the most insane hill to get to Ticknock forest.  I was completely tired when I got to the parking lot of the hike entrance, but even the walk up was great we got to see the Irish sheep that’s always shown in movies and saw some amazing farms.  One of the things I love about Ireland is, how different every cliff walk or hike can be, even though they are all just a quick train ride apart.  The best part of our trip? We finally got to see snow! We did walk up a mountain to find it, but being hit in the face by soft snowflakes was worth all the trouble.

Adventuring around Dublin is wonderful you get to see so much, and still feel like there is way more to do.   Ireland is filled with so much sunshine, life, happiness, cloudiness, rain, snow and all sorts of wonder.  Being kept on your toes is good for the soul!

I feel like I’ve become a way happier person in the last month, being baptised, going to church, praying, reading scriptures has made me feel refreshed and ready for everything, but all that is for another post!

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^^ This florally golden globe by a bus stop makes waiting for a bus so much better.

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^^ Wall art.  I’m not sure what it means, but it seems to be something about a kingdom of cacti?

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^^ Pretty buildings and a kid looking at me.

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^^ This little fruit and vegetable shop made me really happy.

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^^ It feels a lot like spring.

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^^ Blurry train trip photo, being serenaded by violin.

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^^ I just love these flowers so much.  Just look how yellow they are!

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^^ Have you ever seen such a happy face? That’s what happens when Carl sees snow.

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^^ Fancy Mcdonald’s and a Gargoyle fountain, goes hand in hand, right?

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^^ Sitting around in woods, is good for the soul.

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^^ Just standing on a rock.

 

 

 

 

Malahide Castle

We’ve been obsessed with castles since we’ve gotten here and we just keep finding more to go and explore, we haven’t gone into that many, but the gardens and the grounds make up for it all.  One of the best things about Ireland is, you can go have a picnic lunch somewhere different every day and you won’t have to travel far.  A picnic lunch at a castle is the best way to eat a lunch in my opinion.

Its been absolutely lovely spending so much time with Carl, really exploring things, having fun together and just getting a touch of Stockholm syndrome, but a lit Stockholm syndrome really makes the heart grow fonder.

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^^ Getting a free workout.

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^^ Happy castle exploring buddy.

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^^ Vogue-ing…I guess this is my new pose.

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^^ Just monkeying around.  I couldn’t jump high enough to make it to the bars.

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^^ Pathway pointing.

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^^ The castle! The sun was shining into Carl’s eyes, this is one of the only photos of him with his eyes open.

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^^ I had sunglasses to protect me.

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^^ Carl wanted to make a dramatic entrance.

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an instant of life captured for eternity

A common question we get asked in Dublin is ” why Dublin?!” Like Ireland is the worst place in the world to be.  Mostly people are really horrified by the weather and say “you will get over it in a couple of months”, but for me the weather is absolutely perfect, the clearest blue skies with a crispness in the air that just can’t be beaten , the ever changing weather all in one day, its a whirlwind that I love, the beautiful grey days, and the slightest amounts of rain that’s great for walking in, to me its the best place ever! Sometimes you just have to get lost in the beauty of the little things, if you start looking around you will find tiny blessing all around, and to me, here in Dublin you don’t have to look really hard.

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^^ The detail on this church just blows me away and makes me slightly giddy.

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^^ Walks home, with skies like these and cute little houses.

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^^ Daffodils making things feel a lot like spring.

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^^ The clouds, the sky, this church.  Walking around is pure bliss.

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^^ The coolest music shop ever.

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^^ Street art never looked so good.

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^^ this building is pretty amazing.

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^^ I think this is a pub? I don’t drink, but this building is off the chain!

Did you find any tiny blessing this weekend?

The adventures of Chafey and Peg-Leg

During travels its always best to have a sense of humour about the not so fun things.  For instance; I’ve developed a lovely peg-leg waddle on colder days thanks to a old knee injury and Carl has been chafing like a cyclist.  One night while walking around we came up with the name
Chafey and Peg-Leg, out on another great adventure for bread….We have come to our senses and decided to buy a leap card so we can take the bus, tram or train around instead of walking insane miles, because we don’t want to miss anything!

When you stop taking yourself so seriously you get to have all sort of fun, like walking around with a selfiestick to take the silliest photos you can possibly take or placing your camera on a stump to really get the best selfie on, or so it just seems like you have a weird third wheel around that takes all your photos? So go get your selfie on!

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^^ Vogue-ing is a real thing.

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^^ leg grab?

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^^ He was trying to unbutton my coat.

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^^ Wonderland.

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^^ Thumbs up.

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^^ Over excited.

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^^ I look way to serious.

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^^ The menacing ear glare..

Walking Travels – Dublin

Most of our days consists of walking around, getting lost, running for buses and missing them by just a couple of seconds!  Its been a great way of exploring and seeing something different at every corner, no matter how many times you’ve walked in one place, everyday there is something new! Dublin is a whirlwind of culture, different languages being spoken around every corner and an abundance of causes being supported.   Seeing all the happy, bundled up children, can really make you broody beyond believe!  Kids jumping in puddles and just enjoying their childhood is one of the most beautiful things you will see.

With all the green parks, heritage, culture and the beautiful old books at trinity college we sure have been busy living life and having a whole lot of fun along the way.

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^^ Bicycles at trinity college.

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^^ Old books at trinity library.

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^^ 1830 copy of the book of mormon.  So well kept.

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^^ That is a seagull.  No respect!

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^^ Its really hard to find the pot of gold when there is so many rainbows.

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^^ really windy day.

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^^ Pretty flowers.

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^^ Bus ride photos.

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^^ Mary is always around in Dublin.