A walk in the forest – Newlands Forest

Since getting the car we’ve been planning our hiking adventures, but when Saturday started approaching and we had a large list of what kind of hike we didn’t feel like doing we started feeling kind of hopeless.

The kind of hike we weren’t interested in for the day was a hike that was in the blistering South African sun, anything that required us to pull ourselves up with chains to get over rocks, no heights, because I’m suffering from severe vertigo lately and something kind of mild.  We finally settled on Tokai only to get there and be turned away, being a little heartbroken we decided to stop at the Tokai market, only to go into the most depressing market I’ve ever seen. There was only 4 stalls and a guy trying to force coffee on us. So off we set with no clue what to do, but Carl, being the little problem solver he is remembered a interesting looking hike that we drove by.

Newlands forest is amazing! It checked all our boxes and was a wonderfully cool walk surrounded by beautiful trees and mountains.  Cute families taking hikes together, older people trying to stay fit and all the wonderful dogs.  I don’t know why all dog owners have to pull their dogs away from me when I’m obviously trying to lure it with mind control and just a look in my eye that says “lets play”.  Don’t apologize for your dog coming to me! I wan’t to stroke them all!

The views are to die for, the magical whimsical forest makes you feel like you’re a pretty, pretty Princess and the Fall leaves just create a wonderful feel.

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^^ For some reason I don’t think anyone lives here.

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^^ We get really excited when its not blistering hot and it feels like Fall! Leaves glorious leaves, how I’ve missed you!

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^^ What a view, the mountain is nice too.

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^^ I love the color of these leaves.

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^^A kaleidoscope of color.

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^^ Advice from nature,  Everything can be a beautiful flower.

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^^ Cape town has done horrible things to my hair.  Its darker and its always trying to take me back in time to the 60’s.

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^^ Confused hiking face.

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^^ I’m as big as a tree!

Spring in Dublin

Spring is definitely here to stay in Dublin, the flowers are in bloom, the trees are getting their leaves back, the birds are chirping and we can finally go out without wearing 5 different layers.  We are down to two layers.  Whoohoo!

The daffodils and tulips all over the city is enough to make me want to run rampant singing, Disney songs, while feeding deer and getting chased by squirrels.  Surprisingly all that is possible here in Dublin.  I’m really close to just going full Princess by buying a tiara and gown and just going with it, it won’t even be frowned upon during this time, because the St Patrick’s day festival is a couple of days away and we are all ready to wear our best green outfits and be Irish for a day.

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^^ A daffodil explosion!

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^^ Spring blooms.

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^^ we went to a baptism and had a lovely springy walk home.

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^^ Nature, always trying to make an escape for it.

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^^ I’m obsessed with them.

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^^ We went for a little walk in the park before heading to dinner with friends.  Notice the small amount of layers?

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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Build castles in the air

a day spend in Dalkey in the south of Dublin, is like building castle in the air, but daydreaming and reality go hand in hand in this little seaside town, with 7 castles all around and only one you can go into.  A little place where a school, old age home and a building completely locked are all castles, making you wonder ” what wonderland did I just stumble across?” or ” what nightmare is this?, why can’t I go into them?”  Dalkey, is a wonderful little town with panoramic sea views everywhere you look, and but just when you think this is so magical,  you see a man walking around in a nude coloured thong, making all the magic disappear in a record speed, but if you really want to get a good view of all the strange thong men, then the best view in town is definitely at the James Joyce tower, its free and you get to see everything James Joyce.  He seemed liked a typical troubled artist, seeing panthers and just being a horrible house guest, but all the best characters are a little bit strange.

Strolling around this little seaside town so close to Dublin, makes you feel like you’re in the cheesiest rom com in the whole world, but its worth it.

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^^ Really blue water and perfectly clean pathways that makes me want to start up running again, but then I come to my senses and just say no.

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^^ Those rocks look really slippery.

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^^ Always smiling and happy.

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^^ South African soil in Ireland.

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^^ A great place to splash around.

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^^ Pondering.

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^^ So macabre, this is one of the two moulds taken from James Joyce’s face when he died.

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^^ Inside the tower.

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^^ Narrow staircases and happy husbands.

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^^ Carl’s hair started swaying like the flag.

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^^ Kicking imaginary footballs.

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^^ Made it to the top swing.

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^^ Male bathing area.

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^^ Holding on for dear life and posing.  Like you do.

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^^ Casual.

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^^ James Joyce tower from the strand.

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^^ Castles everywhere.

Happy weekend everybody! Do you have any weekend plans?