Posts by Annette

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Autumn magic on the Fairy Trail / Magie d’automne sur le sentier des fées

Where can you get lost in a maze and walk a magical fairy trail? Why, but at beautiful Russborough House...

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Double photo shoot / Double séance photo

These photos were taken two weeks ago at the Octagon, in the Glen of the Downs, Co Wicklow. With autumn...

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Avon Rí and the Blessington Greenway / Avon Rí et la voie verte de Blessington

Last time we cycled on the Blessington Greenway, it was on a gloriously sunny day at the beginning of spring....

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7 benefits of outdoor learning / Sept bienfaits de l’apprentissage en plein air

This week the Parents Association of the acorns’ primary school held its annual general meeting, and I was asked to...

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#MySundayPhoto – Piñata

Yesterday it was Mermaid’s belated bouncy birthday party. As her actual birthday fell during our summer in France, and as...

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Elderberry cordial / Sirop de sureau noir

Elderberry cordial is a flavoursome, comforting autumn wonder. One of those seasonal treats which, like blackberries and other foraging gems,...

#MySundayPhoto – Tree Day / Journée de l’Arbre

On Thursday I went to Glendalough, Co Wicklow, to accompany Mermaid’s class on their Tree Day outing, organised by the...

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A summer of wild swimming / Un été de baignades sauvages

It was a summer spent wild swimming all around France. From our first to our very last day in my...

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Of coloured clays and green lentils / En terre d’argiles colorées et de lentilles vertes

The acorns and I went back to the extraordinary ravins de Corbœuf, near Rosières, Haute-Loire, which we first discovered last...

A birthday party under the stars / Un anniversaire sous les étoiles

‘To celebrate Mermaid’s birthday, you are all invited for a movie night under the stars from 8.30pm at our house....

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One day at the race / Une journée à la course

This weekend the acorns went on a different kind of outdoor adventure. One that echoed with revving engines and reeked...

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All aboard the birthday train / Un anniversaire à toute vapeur

To celebrate his 70th birthday, my dad, a lifelong steam train enthusiast, invited friends and family for a round trip...