Four Acorns / Quatre graines de chêne

Why I swim – on taking the plunge, finding my pod and feeling alive

Why do I swim? Because it makes me feel present, connected, alive. Outdoor swimming is self-love Why do I swim?...

Earth Day 2022 – a poem

On Earth Day 2022  Let your promise be the dandelion that won’t be sprayed or mowed; the tree that won’t...

Connemara – Wild swim at Glassilaun Beach

You don’t end up at Glassilaun by chance. It is a place you seek out. Seek it out, we did,...

Double dip of a St Patrick’s Day

St Patrick’s Day 2022 was simply EPIC! It started at 6am when I got out of bed for a sunrise...

Not going back to normal

Covid got me in the end.  Just as midterm got underway and the government announced the lifting of the mask...

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Imbolc Swimrise – a poem

Imbolc Swimrise Imbolc. I mbolg, in the belly. In the belly of the sea, I bobbed Like a bottle carrying...

My 10 favourite books of the year

Here is, in no particular order, my top 10 books of 2021. It has been an excellent reading year, with...

Magic of November / Magie de novembre

November is my least favourite month of the year. The ever shorter days, the darker nights, the cold creeping in...

Autumn meander at Lough Muckno / Flânerie automnale à Lough Muckno

Sinuous Lough Muckno wrapped itself around the drumlins of Monaghan, and the beautiful light dappled through the trees in the...

COP26 – Don’t go back to sleep

And the winner of COP26 is… The fossil fuel industry!!! I borrowed this line from The Guardian because it perfectly...

Spinc – Hiking to my heart’s content / Une rando qui fait chaud au cœur

This 👆 is my favourite photo of our family hike to the Spinc, in the Wicklow Mountains: my four acorns,...

I wrote a forest…

One morning last October, after I’d finished reading Finding the Mother Tree, by Dr Suzanne Simard (the scientist who discovered...

On learning Irish with Scoil Scairte

I started learning Irish. Well, sort of. A few weeks ago, I signed up, nearly on a whim, to Scoil...

Ecrire une forêt en gaëlique

J’ai commencé à apprendre le gaëlique. En quelque sorte. Il y a quelques semaines, je me suis inscrite, presque sur...

Forest bathing – an invitation to reconnect with nature

I tried something different and went on a forest bathing walk. It was last December, in the beautiful woods of...

Le bain de forêt, une immersion en pleine nature

Il y a quelques mois, je me suis laissée tenter par une expérience inédite : le bain de forêt. C’était...