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On the coldest day so far…

(Don’t let the sunshine fool you – it’s cold here. Loving my new bowls, Sally!) I’m back to getting up early and if I managed it this morning I’ll manage it anytime. It was freezing in the van. The thermometer … Continue reading

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Nice cow

We are continuing our journey along northern Spain… slowly. We’ve reduced the driving time to an hour so Denis can work as normal. And we are zig zagging across the motorway (not as dangerous as it sounds) to spend a night near the sea followed by a night in the hills. Continue reading

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Kerrygold, Ballymaloe and fried brain

(Cute natural arch in front of the church) We are making great progress considering how we dawdled at the Le Mont. But between the clock change and the new routine my brain is fried. So it is great to have … Continue reading

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Le Mont

(Le Mont St Michel. Sun was just gone down) We arrived at Beauvoir (means beautiful view) last night about ten minutes before sunset. Beauvoir is a motor home site within walking distance of Mont St Michel. We plugged in the … Continue reading

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And…. We’re Off!

(From Greystones to…) It’s an absolutely beautiful day here in Ireland and we are on our travels again! It’s a bit later this year because last March we missed the snow in Ireland, so we waited to see what all … Continue reading

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Inspiration from home

(Colours on a grey day in Argentan after Grahame) We are making our way to the ferry via the Loire and now we have reached Normandy. All the time the weather is getting colder. The little indicator on the gas … Continue reading

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Châteauneuf-en-Auxois

(Can you see the hedges zigzagging up to the château? That’s the road) On Thursday morning after breakfast I left our spot beside the river to climb to the château. It was cold, about 8 degrees but the sun was shining. … Continue reading

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Besançon

(This way to the tourist office..) This is a really interesting town! So this morning after coffee at a place just 2 minutes from our aire I went off in search of the tourist office. I couldn’t find it on … Continue reading

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Galette, Butterfly and Bee

(This crêpere has had a licence to trade since 1941 – that was during the second world war!) It’s Sunday and a travel day for us. We are still on route to see Nancy and have arrived in another pretty … Continue reading

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Practising the local customs…

(We’re just outside the town of St. Romain de Colbosc) It’s about a kilometre to the nearest town and after breakfast off I went. We had cycled here yesterday but took a left turn and went to the big supermarket … Continue reading

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Night at the Museum

(Glass shelves filled with porcelain from a famous factory in Bayeux, no longer operational) We have arrived in France! Our ship docked right on time at 4.15pm, at 5pm we were in the supermarket and back on the road by … Continue reading

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Nice name, shame about the….

(I LOVE bunting. I have even been knitting bunting on this trip and there’s some on it’s way to Canada and Cashel…) Remember I was saying there were all these wonderful free places to stay? Well, we’ve been mixing the … Continue reading

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Walking in the West

We’re in the UK at the moment but last weekend I went for a walk in the West of Ireland and this is that story.    I have been saying YES rather than NO to walking lately. Maybe it’s because … Continue reading

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Ending

   The journey’s over and I’m back home, back to normal… or maybe a new normal. Before leaving Portugal I got a chance to do touristy things. We were in the town of Tomar, a two hour train ride north … Continue reading

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Getting Lost… and Found by Angels

  I joined the early group of walkers yesterday morning. Early means setting off at 6.30am. That always seemed like such a good idea when I lie in my bed at home but I never get out of my bed … Continue reading

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Resting

      We got up early this morning and were on the road for 7 ish. I have a new respect for chilly morning air and I’m starting to miss rain… Before I left Ireland I was excited  at the … Continue reading

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Walking

   We are following signs. Arrows like the one in the picture above. They will always be painted yellow. Alison, one of the seasoned walkers, told me it’s even a particular shade of yellow. Yellow all the way to Santago … Continue reading

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Flying

   It took about a week to get to Lisbon last time. It will take two and half hours today. It’s neither better nor worse doing it this way. It’s just different.    For one thing the man sitting beside me … Continue reading

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Camino

    I’m going for a long walk. It’s starting very early this morning. I will send little snippets back to you. There will be spelling mustakes. There will be phone photos. There might be some pain… Mairead.

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Beja: The Promised Land

(We got a map, Lar!) We’ve been in a bit of a wilderness. Still on our journey south, in search of warm air and bright skies. From time to time we find them. Then we can’t find a place to … Continue reading

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Portugal: Day 1 Part 3

(Love this! And it’s exactly the right size for the roads) So…We found a campsite in a forest full of birdsong, the wi-fi wasn’t great, we set off in search of mobile wi-fi, drive on little roads. me I’m nervous, the perfect Phone … Continue reading

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Portugal: Day 1 Part 2

(Light at the end of the tunnel?) Ok so to continue from yesterday….. We find a campsite in a forest full of birdsong but the wi-fi isn’t great, we pay for the night and set off in search of mobile … Continue reading

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Missing Something?

Oops, looks like something went wrong with my emails. Tap or click the links below if you’ve missed anything… Mairead. Here we go again! Irish Cuisine in France Pam’s Picnic Holidays

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Kickstart Your Creativity in 2014

Creative Space Sessions. You might think you haven’t a creativity bone in your body and you might be right! Creative bones need to be nurtured and what have you been doing to nurture them? Saying things like, “I’m no good at drawing… … Continue reading

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We’re in Germany!

Right so, you might remember the rain-soaked day we left Ireland? Where the moisture dripped from our clothes and our helmets? Well, the moisture is back but now it’s on the inside – I’m perspiring and Denis is sweating. It … Continue reading

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Don’t be scribbling over your signature with a bob.

(Wakey, wakey it’s 5am) We’re on a ship again. This morning (Thursday) I’m sitting in the lounge of the ferry going from Rosslare Harbour (Ireland) to Fishguard (Wales). We’re off to see the daughter again. We’re also going back to … Continue reading

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Round peg into square hole…

(Not all trees are round) (Nettles can be pretty) (Flowers can be boring)

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Crafty Batteries.

(I made rhubarb crumble) For the past few months the husband has been making his own craft project. While there’s no wool or fabric, it is kinda interesting. He’s made an electronic box. That’s not the interesting bit. In the … Continue reading

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Pattern Dancing is So Yesterday!

(Material Pattern) I’ve talked about my love of patterns before – I love patterns – it’s one of the reasons I like material. Material always has a pattern. So does wallpaper. So do we. In fact we have many patterns. … Continue reading

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The Christmas Decorations

(Light and dark on New Year’s Day in Cork) I took down the Christmas decorations yesterday. I had been itching to do it for days, but there’s a “rule”. Yep, they can’t come down until after the 6th of January…. … Continue reading

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