Tag Archives: acceptance

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

(This is clematis and it is going to look beautiful soon… possibly) New experiences continue here and we’re like children (nice children, not cranky children…) as we discover different ways to be in the world together. Denis has returned to … Continue reading

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We’re Broke…

(Beautiful fishing huts in this area) Well Ruby is broke, sniff, sniff. You may remember when we were travelling from Castro Marim in the Algarve region of Portugal and the shaking and clunking started? Then we got the wheels balanced … Continue reading

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What were you thinking?

(Nighttime in the sand dunes of Figueroa da Foz) Next morning we headed for Figueira da Foz. This town was recommended by a Portuguese Camino walker friend who was here. It is lovely, thank you! (An adorable statue gifted to … Continue reading

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Just in time…

(Ruby being winched backwards into van hospital) I’m exhausted. It’s 6am and I’ve been awake for an hour… Denis is snoring loudly this night/morning! I feel a huge fraud saying I’m exhausted when here I am here in a beautiful … Continue reading

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For the Love of Portugal

(The cows have big horns here!) Two years ago when we first came to Portugal we stayed in campsites whenever we could. This year we only stay when we really need electricity or a shower. Today we have arrived at … Continue reading

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Furadouro by the sea

(That’s the Atlantic Sea out there) We’ve travelled a little further south and now we’re in a car park behind the sand dunes at Furadouro. It rained when we got here. It rained all night. Really. All. Night. It’s raining now. But … Continue reading

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Free Parking with the Elephants

(Our view from the kitchen) We crossed the border into Spain this morning. It rained the entire time and the spray from the other traffic was a bit miserable. We had forgotten that this part of the journey past San … Continue reading

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Broken Shells Calling

(Friday evening in Furadouro) I mentioned yesterday that I loved the town of Furadouro and one of the reasons was the beach. Not the sand but the shells. Not the perfectly pretty and complete shells. The broken ones. I had … Continue reading

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Sometimes it rains in Portugal…

It’s raining! I know you will be disappointed for me but I’m ok, I have some work to do so it’s probably just as well I won’t be able to sit outside sunning myself… I hear it’s sunny in Ireland! … Continue reading

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The first step…

      (Cangas de Onis. Old Roman Bridge) Home today (Wednesday) is a car park in Cangas de Onis, a very attractive town on the edge of the Picos mountain range in northern Spain. The sun is shining and it’s … Continue reading

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The Rock of Gibraltar

(At the back… Ruby and The Rock) We’ve moved. We’ve left our campsite near Lagos and we’ve left lovely Portugal. We’re in search of a little more warmth and off to somewhere sunny in Spain.  But on the way we … Continue reading

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Making peace with embarrassment

(Palm tree trunk) We’re still in Luz so I’m getting comfortable here, starting to feel right at home… which means some of my old habits are popping up. (By the way, I’m working away happily on my book so that’s … Continue reading

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Feeling some madness…

(Can you see this kite surfing guy’s feet and surfboard are out of the water?) It rained a lot last night. Lots of rain, lots of wind. Teeny tiny bit of sleep. Not feeling too bubbly today. So I’m reminded … Continue reading

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Happy Puppydog Day

(Fishermen on the Dordogne, just over the hedge from our pitch) We have reached the Dordogne and it’s very hot. We arrived on Wednesday around lunch time. Very slow at the best of times the heat makes me much slower … Continue reading

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Head Space – there’s an app for that!

(Sign from bridge in Mount Usher Gardens… don’t jump, leap) I’ve started doing meditation. I’ve started many times before but this time I might keep going. So far I’ve completed twenty days. I’m doing it with an app. It’s on … Continue reading

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Wounded and Sickly Ego in the Safe Cave

(All the pictures are from Mount Usher Gardens in Ashford, Co. Wicklow) I took a week off blogging and I have great excuses, but It’s the excuse that stops me going back to blogging that I want (well, really don’t … Continue reading

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Quiet – the book…

(Solitude) I’m reading a really interesting book at the moment. It’s called Quiet by Susan Cain. There’s also a TED talk. She writes about extroverts and introverts and thinks the extrovert personality type has an unfair advantage. The extrovert is … Continue reading

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Potato Soup Time

(The stained recipe page) I’m making soup. I love making soup. I love how it tastes, how it smells and I even like looking at it. It’s potato soup (it’s always potato soup) well, there’s also thyme in it but … Continue reading

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I’m bursting to share this thing…..

(Lavender) AAAAAh I was taking to someone over the weekend and they asked me what I was up to and I mentioned my Kickstart you Creativity course was starting in November. And as I mumbled and stuttered through some kind … Continue reading

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Heavy Rain brings Cheerful Scones

(22 raindrops (or thereabouts) in a row… ) It was a very dark morning full of heavy rain when I woke up. So I lay there listening to the sound of water hitting the window, the roof and the cat. … Continue reading

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Self Discovery…. Getting lost, frustrated and confused……

“I shall be telling this with a sighSomewhere ages and ages hence:Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,I took the one less traveled by,And that has made all the difference.” Robert Frost.  Maybe Lost is exactly the right place … Continue reading

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Take a little break!

(It takes time to grow a tree) “The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.” – Leo Tolstoy It might seem like a huge effort will get things finished, sometimes… not so. Mairead.

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You are NOT stupid!

(Lost in a forest of little leaves) “Everyone is a genius, but judge a fish on ability to climb a tree & it will live its life believing it is stupid”. – Albert Einstein. Put your attention on what makes you … Continue reading

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Friday Quote – Expectations… Iive up to your own.

(Most of the Moon) I am not in this world to live up to other people’s expectations, nor do I feel that the world must live up to mine. – Frizt Perls Well that’s a relief, Mairead

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My dark January.

(From winter in Cashel 2010) It’s January. For me that’s the time of year when my energy is at its lowest. When the winter has been long enough and I want some spring….. now! I want it now like my … Continue reading

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How are you today?

“People who say … they’re perfectly fine [are] more insane than the rest of us.”  – Ruby Wax We’re all crazy, Mairead.

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Friday Quote – Choose your own Way.

(Path in the Wilderness) “Everything can be taken from a man or a woman but one thing: the last of human freedoms to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” – Viktor E. … Continue reading

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Wake up Time.

(Agawa Canyon… picture by Doris or Grahame (forgot to ask!)) I’m rushing off to a course this morning (more later) so instead of a post here’s a story from the book Being Peace by Thich Nhat Hanh that explains what … Continue reading

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The Walking Machine…. another gadget or a guru?

(Collage) We have a walking machine, we’ve had it about six months now. Having one doesn’t contribute to good health but using one might… I’ve started using it. It has an added benefit of allowing my mind to drift away and … Continue reading

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Friday’s Quote. You’re odd? That’s okay!

“Sometimes something can look beautiful just because it’s different in some way from the other things around it. One red petunia in a window box will look very beautiful if all the rest of them are white, and vice-versa.”
 – Andy … Continue reading

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