an instant of life captured for eternity

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^^ The yummiest, softest bread around.  I used the same knife that I was cutting swiss chard with to cut the bread, less dishes, but a lot of weird little green pieces on the bread.

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^^ It would seem that Alice was already here.

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^^ Big trees.

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^^ Unprepared picnic days.  We were still hungry after our treats.

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^^ Carl makes a pretty handsome knight.   Imagination has no age limit.

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^^ Little pops of colour.

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^^ Popcorn eating.

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^^ Little flowers and some rubbish.

Hey friends! I hope all my Canadian friends had an amazing Canada day and all my American friends had a wonderful Independence day! ¬†We’ve been busy, busy, busy, trying to figure everything out, but in between all that we still had some time for a little picnic date. ¬† My weather headaches are still here, sometimes stronger than ever, but nothing a good old slice of freshly baked bread can’t cure. ¬† Here’s to another week, lets make this one even better than the last.

Ticknock Forest, is filled with magic and snow!

Well I didn’t really find any magic at Ticknock forest, but it is the kind of place where you expect elves to run around on some conquest to destroy some evil in this world. I didn’t see any elves, but I did see snow and that was magical enough for me. ¬†Getting to Ticknock was quite a mission, I would definitely suggest that you bully some lovely friends with a car into going with you, otherwise you have to take a bus, cross a highway and walk up an insane road with blind corners everywhere while cars speed by. ¬†I don’t think there is anything worse on the thighs than a never ending road that has a slight incline all the way up, the good part is ; its a great work out and you get to do most of getting to the top of a mountain on tar. ¬†Of course the real rewards is being surrounded by trees all around you, and views of the entire Dublin and if you look close enough you can see the mountains in Belfast.

Being the sillies we are we completely forgot to pack any food and had one small bottle of water. ¬†Yeah, I know! Crazy, but we carried on and walked for hours and hours, just being gently caressed by snow, seeing tiny snowmen all around and dogs excitingly trying to catch the snowflakes. ¬†When we finally walked down the mountain seemed to be angry at our decision to leave and decided to turn the softness of the snowflakes into hard painful hail! ¬†Nothing gives you energy to make it back to the bottom like being pelted in the face with hail! ¬†We rushed home and stuffed our faces with all the food and water we could get. ¬†Magical days come at a cost and I’m still feeling it in my stiff body!

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^^ Spiky trees and soft snow.

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^^ Only leave footprints behind.

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^^ This guy was so happy.

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^^ A little snowman.

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^^ Lost in the beauty of the trees. Or maybe he heard something.

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^^ Snow crazed.

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^^ I’m a tree!

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^^ forest ferns sure are pretty.

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^^ This rock sure was popular.  Not seen, people on the other side just chilling.

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^^ I just loved these wood logs.

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^^ Trails for days.

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^^ Snow on the mountain.

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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A Dublin Love-fest

With the dedicated day for love (valentines day) approaching, I thought why not have a whole post on Dublin in love. ¬†Yes, Dublin is a city and doesn’t really have any feelings so for Dublin to be in love would be kind of hard, but sometimes it feels like the city is just overflowing with love. ¬†The swans on the canal making any boring walk romantic, the beautiful building just screaming love is happening here and even the drunks, just passionately screaming away a storm. ¬†Dublin is a city to love and fall in love with. ¬†Even if its not with the love of your life, you can just fall in love with the cobblestones, because sometimes cobblestones have a lot more going on than some of the people you’ve been on a date with.

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^^ hearts on the wall.

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^^ They don’t say love birds for nothing.

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^^ Swans being majestic.

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^^ We love you Dublin.

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^^ You can find love everywhere.

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^^ The best way to live.

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^^ My soulbro.

Do you have any plans for valentines day?

an instant of life captured for eternity

Life lately has been one fun ride. ¬†Mostly walking, but some rides here and there. ¬†With all the fun things to do around Dublin you would have to really try hard not to have a good time. ¬†Castles, leaves, Chinese new years and all sort of wonderful fun is ready to get have in Dublin. ¬†Everything is a short or long walk depends on the mood you’re in anyway, but the public transport here is amazing so take a bus, train or tram and activities are around all the corners. ¬†Even the corners are great, lined with cobblestones and churches, the most boring corner is a beautiful one!

I guess you can see beauty in every place you’re in, but there is just something magical about Ireland. ¬†Maybe its because its my two favourite colours grey and green, or maybe its all the daffodils exploding out of the ground in preparation for spring, the beautiful architecture that will make anyone’s heart thump, unless you don’t have a heart or maybe its the church bells that ring in delight every Sunday telling you to take the Sabbath day seriously, but maybe its just Dublin, beautiful, slightly shabby Dublin. ¬†With all that charm and prettiness just making my heart swoon and just telling me this is where you belong. ¬†Whatever it is Ireland is an adventure that I never want to forget.

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^^ Just call me Mary Poppins.

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^^ leaves.

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^^ Rathfarnam castle exploring days. ¬†The ceiling depicts Jesus’s life.

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^^ Excited mirror selfie!

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^^ Drimnagh castle.  Its got the only surviving moat in Ireland.

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^^ CHQ Chinese new year. ¬†It wasn’t as amazing as the one we went to last year, but it was still good.

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^^ Chinese chess.  I wonder who is winning.

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^^ A very popular dragon.

How was your weekend?

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.

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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^^ 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.

 

Take me to church…

I don’t know what it is about exploring these magnificent churches, but I just cant get enough. ¬†The other day I was sure a church was trying to lure me in, it had candles everywhere all leading into the church, with a guy playing the guitar and to top it off, it had banners about pope Francis everywhere, but alas I was on the opposite side of the road on a busy traffic day. ¬† I talked about all the way home, but the churches don’t even have to be as pushy as that one, with all the statues, architecture and stained glass, I just want to storm into every single one I see. ¬†Most of these churches have beautiful parks to take long walks in and really just admire the beauty of Ireland, and don’t even get me started on the graveyards! I’m all for a walk back into time and reading tombstones of people who once were, who are a part of someone’s heritage and family history.

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^^ towering building.

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^^ St Patrick’s Cathedral

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^^ a huge tour group in the background.

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^^ We hardly go inside these buildings.  I just never want to pay.  Yeah, we cheap it out too the max.

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^^Yes, that is a flannel shirt around my waist.

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^^ The archangel right at the top.

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^^ I don’t know what this bell did, but he seemed to have gone to bell prison.

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^^ That window!

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I would say the churches of Ireland are a must see, but everywhere you look is a church way grander than the next.  Just go for a walk and you will see a magnificent church on every corner!

Walking Travels – an Irish walking adventure

Walking travel is definitely the slowest means of transport, unless you count a 26 stop bus for 7 km! With everyone wanting to get somewhere fast and experience everything in record speed, just to get back home and relax, walking travel is definitely not for everyone, but its worth it! You get to experience a town and really get into all those little nooks and crannies. ¬†Its also the best way to walk off all the delicious food you’ve been eating.

We’ve been walking miles upon miles, forgetting to take food and trying to eat a tofu horse when we get home, but its been really fun and also really cheap. ¬†We like things cheap here, so if we are able to walk it , we will and we shall! ¬† So off we would set with google maps in Carl’s trusty hands and my who cares if we get lost attitude, ready for any adventure that might come our way. ¬†Trying to really tone down our tourist vibe, by speaking in super hushed voices, to a point that we would have to read lips, but adventures are always had and things are always seen. ¬†Trying to take everything in and really get swept up by the beauty of Ireland.

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^^ We don’t drink, but when you find the heineken factory, you have to take a photo. ¬†Walks in Cork City. ¬†I didn’t like Cork city much, but if we all liked all the same things the world would be a really boring place.

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^^ One day we decided we really wanted to walk to this bridge to just look at the river.

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^^ City walks, with our trusty backpack and a bottle of water.

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^^ staring at the water.

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^^ Artsy photos, because sometimes you just have to.

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^^ This thing.

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^^ Friendly swans being majestic.

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^^ Street performers everywhere.  This guy had the voice of an angel!

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^^ Christmas light magic.

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^^ Gloomy days.

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^^ How does this thing work?

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^^ Photo taking all the time.

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^^ Street art everywhere.

 

 

Do you want to go to the seaside?

You know what’s a good motto to live by? Just do it! Don’t wait for that perfect day to do something, or you might never end up doing it. ¬†That’s especially true here in Ireland. ¬†If you keep waiting for that perfect sunny day to get out you are going to surely miss out on a lot! ¬†It does get sunny here, but more often than not its raining, and boy, do I love it! Its so much easier to do stuff in colder weather, than in boiling hot weather. ¬†A little rain never hurt anyone and its rather romantic to take a stroll in the rain and just go explore. ¬†Ireland is green for a reason, it rains a lot! but that’s what makes it so beautiful to me, the beautiful grey skies, with the vivid greenery is like something out of a painting, and when the skies are blue, its bluer than the bluest, blue you’ve ever seen! Blue times infinity!

I’ve walked on a lot of beaches in my life, but the beaches in Ireland is where all Indie songs are probably written. ¬†You just expect to see someone breaking up, getting engaged or just throwing that engagement ring in the ocean, Yeah its that kind of ocean. ¬†The moody kind, where dogs come to poop and rocks look elegant. ¬†Where you can find seashells and tilling of a house from times past? ¬†So get your coat, grab an umbrella if you want and go for a walk!

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^^ The sun is trying its best to explode out of the clouds.

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^^ A hidden cove, perfect for your pirate booty

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^^ My hat is eating my head, but it was really windy.  I call this look bag lady chic?

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^^ Really cold posing.  Like you do.

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^^ windy days.

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^^ Carl’s new smile, because he got told he’s got a fake smile. haha.