Posts by Annette

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,...

On learning Irish & writing forests

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...

The longest swim on the longest day / Baignade du jour le plus long

On the longest day of the year, I got up at 4.30am for a swimrise and went to bed at...

Wild Atlantic swim in Rossnowlagh / Baignade atlantique à Rossnowlagh

We spent a long weekend up north. It was our first post-lockdown trip outside of Wicklow, and a much-awaited stay...

Wild swim in Glendalough’s Upper Lake / Baignade sauvage à Glendalough

Another Thursday, another #SeagirlsOnTour adventure. After Lough Bray Upper in late April and Dublin’s famed Forty Foot last month, this...

Bluebells hunting in Clara Vale / A la chasse aux jacinthes des bois

In the ancient woodland of Clara Vale, Under the majestic oak trees, Through the thick carpet of blueberry shrubs, Among...

Wildflower Hour / A l’heure des fleurs sauvages

This spring, for some reason I can’t quite understand, I have become a wildflower hunter. While until recently I quite...

Spring walk in Cloon Oak Glen / Balade de printemps à la chênaie de Cloon

When my friend Anita T shared pictures of Cloon Oak Glen a few weeks ago, I promised myself we would...

Birthday swimrise / Baignade d’anniversaire au lever du soleil

For my birthday I asked for a family swimrise. I got a pink ball of a sunrise over a silky...