bad haircuts and Sunday bests

I had a moment this weekend were I was sad, mad and glad. ¬†I was sad, because I got the worst haircut of my life, I was mad because I can’t believe someone would do this to me ( I looked like Jocelyn from Schitts creek, just google it, and I was glad that I’m pretty good at cutting hair and I fixed it as soon as I got home. Continue reading

an instant of life captured for eternity

Healthy nori wrap

^^ Amazing Nori wrap.  Cauliflower rice with kale, fresh veggies and beetroot hummus for an added bit of amazingness.

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^^ We went to a strawberry farm for the biggest, cheapest strawberries of the season! The cutest little farm stall with some angry elderly people ready to elbow anyone they can out of the way.

mooiberge strawberry farm

^^ Really big strawberries.

25 weeks pregnant

^^ 25 weeks pregnant.  Where did my ribs go?

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^^ This entire farm is filled with a crazy amount of scarecrows.  If a bird landed on these fields I would be shocked.

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^^ Early morning hikes.

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^^ So many scarecrows.

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^^ Beautiful sunset over the ocean after a visit to family.

How was your weekend? ¬†We’ve been walking and hiking all around Sea point and lions head, before we leave for our new place at the end of the month! ¬†We decided to visit a cute little strawberry farm I remember visiting as a child, they seem to have gone completely bonkers with the amount of scarecrows the have up, and I hope they don’t get any bird attacks with all those guys around, but who knows, birds do what they want.

25 weeks pregnant and 2 days today.  WOW!  It feels like I woke up and my ribs somehow disappeared, baby has decided to move into my ribs and kick as hard as possible all the time.    Baby seems to be having a lot of fun in my womb and likes throwing parties and mosh pits on the inside daily.

Harold Porter National Botanical Gardens

I’ve decided to start being more proactive, well proactive in things I want to do, because come weekend Carl and I both get upset with our lack of knowing what to do and the typical I don’t know? what do you want to do? can test any relationship, no matter how great it is.

A couple of years ago I remember attending a wedding in Harold Porter, the venue and the wedding stuck with me even if I remember how uncomfortable I felt. ¬†Being stuck at the kiddie picnic blanket will do that to you. ¬†It just proves all advertising is good advertising…I clearly remember the beautiful mountains, little streams, and how it felt like something straight out of lord of the rings. ¬†I didn’t realize it was 90 km away from us, so I was hoping that my memory did not let me down and it wasn’t going to be a completely imagined thing I made up in my head.

The scenic drive is well worth the trip, on one side you have beautiful mountain and on the other endless ocean, after seeing so many signs that said dangerous rock falls, I calmly told Carl I will be the rock look out for the remainder of the drive. ¬†Being with a man that’s just as panicky as I am and drives the speed limit is just wonderful, I laughed so hard when we had a whole string of people behind us and Carl just looked in the rear view mirror and said ” I hope you guys brought snacks, because this is going to be a long, careful drive.”

When we arrived I was relieved to see that it was even better than I could remember. ¬†Little bridges, streams, and mountains everywhere made me feel like I ¬†was finally in paradise. ¬†Children laughing running around and just having fun, gave it a touch of whimsy. ¬†Even the frog that came after me and decided it wasn’t interested in Carl when I made a run for it added a touch of fun to it. ¬†I recommend you take a picnic and just relax and soak up the beautiful scenery and the amazing smell of the fynbos.

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^^ Mountains!

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^^ I just love these proteas so much!

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^^ soft flowing streams.

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^^ Carl saw this mushroom in the beginning of our walk and I failed to get a glimpse of it. ¬†We tried looking for it, but just couldn’t find it.

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^^ Mountains, streams and wonder.

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^^ I love this color.

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^^ Self timer photos are just the best.

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^^ a lot of the hikes were closed due to repairs, but we didn’t mind one bit. ¬†Repairs are a good thing!

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^^ The drive.

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^^ more of the drive.

Oh deer, its Phoenix Park

The other day we decided to get ourselves back to Phoenix Park, this time with some carrots in our bag and a less frightened attitude.  I tend not to trust skittish animals, with fighting weapons on their heads,  but we persevered and had an incredible day.

Phoenix park is an amazing park its incredibly huge and amazing. ¬†Its filled with wonderful things to explore including the Wellington Monument and the popes cross. If you are into monstrous towering things, these two things will make you gasp! ¬†We ended up having a small picnic by the cross, ¬†bringing a packed lunch is so old school, but so worth it, you never know where you will have an impromptu picnic. ¬†With all the walking we do in Dublin we are ravenous almost all the time so we have some kind of treat with us at all times. You never want to be hangry when you have an hour walk back home, your husband will start looking like a monster that’s starving you after a while.

We skipped the first herd of deer, because they looked rather fat with the amount of carrots they’ve been fed and went exploring, Carl decided to try his tracking skills and assured me only one deer passed through the wooded area, while I was pointing towards the 30 deer just relaxing on a rugby field. ¬†These deer seemed to not have had the sweet taste of carrot in a long time and came rushing towards us, while I desperately tried to get a carrot out in time. ¬†Getting surrounded by deer is not fun, but fun all at the same time. ¬†I did learn to get out of a sticky situation with greedy deer is to treat them like dogs and throw carrots like a ball, they go running after it, while you can make a clear run out of there.

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^^ a tiny Carl.

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^^ Dublin has made me extremely dog crazy.  I feel like running after ever dog I see, screaming let me stroke you!

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^^ A lovely stream.

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^^ Carl found this branch and went a little crazy.  This is his Gandalf impression.

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^^ His harry potter impression.

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^^ and this is me trying to lift the branch, it was really heavy.

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^^Woody photos are always amazing.

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^^Carl, the deer training gentleman.

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^^ Dublin is like a disney movie.

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^^ It seems like Carl is slapping the deer with carrot.

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^^ A triangle of deer.

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^^ Trying to leave unnoticed. ¬†It didn’t work.

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^^ When you have a bag of carrots in your hands all eyes will be on you.

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^^ Towering Cross.  We sat at the top of the stairs had a little prayer and enjoyed a delicious lunch.

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^^ Two birds just chilling at the top.

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^^The view.

 

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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The Hunt For Snow

With the help of accuweather we set out to look for snow, but all we could find was a whole lot of frost.  It was still mesmerizing, so I was not mad one bit.  We walked and walked looking everywhere for those magical snowflakes, but all we got were rosy cheeks and blue lips.  I will not be deterred! I will see snow, its just a matter of time, until then, we will just keep exploring and falling more in love with Ireland.

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^^ A frosty sidewalk, made for a slippery walk.

 

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^^ Frosty car.

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^^ It was a whole lot of the 90’s when we saw the grass and their frosted tips.

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^^ Icy!

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^^ Pretty street-lights and a plane going somewhere. IMG_1037new

^^ Walking on thin ice is really fun.

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^^ Its all about layers.

 

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^^ I wonder what he was looking at.

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^^ No, that’s not Kurt Cobain.

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^^ Its MEEEE!

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^^ I don’t know why I’m looking at the ground, but whatevs.

We also went on a church stalk, we literally walked up and down 3 times to see the age dynamic and vibe from the church, so if you’re in Dublin and you saw 2 suspicious people passing your church rubber necking to see what’s the deal. ¬†Hi, you just met us. ¬†We might pop in Sunday and blow your mind with this craziness.