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Day #280 The Snail’s Tale

This morning was one of those not quite completely miserable but still utterly unpleasant Irish mornings. The temperatures were warm but the drizzle drenched everything without actually forming much in the way of rain drops. Struggling with a rain cover for the stroller, while standing in the rain, is one of those things that can…

Day #265 Autumn (and piglets!) come to the zoo

So… that zoo trip over the weekend that I casually alluded to a couple of days ago when talking about getting up close and personal with a duck. Here are the highlights, because I can’t get over how much I’ve gotten invested in keeping track of the animals we see. And it was beautiful to…

Day #258 Bears, oh my!

“Who made these?” Hawkeye asked me today on the way home. “I think those are dog prints, honey.” I replied. “A dog made them.” “Nooooooo.” he retorted emphatically. “Not a dog!” “No? Then who? Was it a really big cat?” “No…” he said and paused for full conspiratorial effect. “It was a BEAR!” “A bear?…

Day #256 Yes, it’s the zoo again

We were at the zoo again yesterday. You might be thinking, oh my god, really? Yes, really. It’s the best place to kill a couple of hours if you’re in that part of town and you have an annual membership and a toddler with a constant need of diversion. It’s, frankly, better than television. You’ll…

Day #244 Gone batty

One last snippet from the weekend zoo trip. We paid our ¬†customary trip to the gift shop to see what small animal we could add to Hawkeye’s collection. Normally I don’t bring him with me to avoid the begging and the inevitable tears and tantrums. He’s too young yet to understand why he can’t have…

Day #243 Into the rainforest

Here is the slightly belated second half of our weekend Dublin Zoo adventure. Leaving behind the fossils and the cold-blooded creatures, we followed the path to the Kaziranga Forest Trail, ¬†which replicates the Asian rainforest habitat to house the zoo’s family of Asian elephants. The zoo has been running a very successful breeding programme, with…

Day #241 Zoorassic Adventures

The day dawned bright and sunny and presented a perfect opportunity to return to Dublin Zoo. Since the last time we were there, the Reptile House has been closed and the animals from there relocated to the newly opened Zoorassic World which, in addition to beautiful, new, and much brighter habitats for the living reptiles,…

Day #218 “On Inisheer, on Inisheer, Love, I shall wait you here…”

Despite a rushed start to the morning, we were at Doolin Pier nice and early to catch our boat, The Doolin Express, to the Aran Islands. This boat did not have the most… interesting name of the lot. That dubious honour went to a boat named MV Happy Hooker. “That’s better than having an unhappy…

Day #217 The sunny side of Doolin

It’s amazing the difference that sunshine can make to a place. Monday was a bit of a mixed bag but yesterday was gloriously sunny, despite a few patches of rain. Instead of windswept desolation there was an endless expanse of deep blue sky and verdant green farmland. Instead of a dark echo of the past,…