Tag Archives: holiday

Day #339 Office Santa

Today was the much anticipated Santa visit. Or, I should say, the first Santa visit, since Hawkeye is getting to see Santa again in creche later this month (he comes down the chimney into the Director’s office, apparently). Now, our office does not have a chimney, so I suspect Santa may have had to sneak…

Day #337 It’s a Christmas tree!

I know I’ve said before that I’ve been more tolerant of the whole Christmas spirit thing this year, including even voluntarily listening to Christmas carols when I didn’t have to. I’m actually enjoying the whole thing beyond my usual love of the fresh scent of real pine trees and warm twinkly lights. I’ve come to…

Day #335 It’s beginning to smell like Christmas

When I stepped into the first floor landing of our office at the start of lunch today a delicious, delicate, fresh scent was floating up from below. The scent of fresh pine. The smell of winter. I followed my nose down the stairs and into the lobby. Yup. Sure enough there was a brand new…

Day #329 The Christmas Monthish

I don’t know if I’ve mellowed out a bit this year, or if I’ve just stopped paying attention, but I haven’t really been bothered much by the early appearance of Christmas decorations. There are always a few places that just can’t wait a decent amount of time, but lately I seem to have become more…

Day #325 Giving thanks, the Irish way

Years and years ago I was studying abroad in London. I went to visit a college friend who was studying abroad in Dublin and she introduced me to the Mister. Fast forward and we both ended up in Ireland and she imported to our circle of Irish friends the American pot luck Thanksgiving Dinner tradition.…

Day #221 Breathing space

I promised the story of the blanket forts, but unfortunately with all the travel, unpacking, tired post-holiday toddler crank, and all the stuff to do before returning to work tomorrow I simply can’t do it justice today. So have a green photo essay study of rain drops on plants that I took on while on…

Day #220 The Burren: Karst Land

Yesterday was the last full day of our holiday in Doolin. We had a good run of weather mid-week, but when we woke up on Friday morning it was grey, wet, windy, and generally miserable. It was a day for staying in, cuddling under a blanket, reading, building couch forts, etc. All those things were…

Day #219 Another cave – it was a hoot!

That’s a pun. But you wouldn’t know that unless you knew that we spent yesterday visiting the Aillwee Cave and Birds of Prey Centre. The whole experience is very well organised. While Doolin Cave has a small visitor’s centre, everything at Aillwee Cave is done on a large scale. It’s one of the oldest caves…

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,…

Day #216 Who needs crystal when you can have calcite?

Yesterday we decided it was time to venture out beyond the village for some wee adventure. We didn’t have to go far – literally ten minute drive down the road – to find a spectacular experience: the Doolin Cave, or as Hawkeye called it “the big BIG tunnel!” I was a little nervous about how…