Posts by Annette

On wintering as an activist

I have been quiet on here, not posting in over three months. Busy schooling my four acorns at home once...

Becoming a mermaid – a guest post for Rooted Wings

Earlier this year, the lovely Rachel, whose blog and business Rooted Wings is based in Yorkshire, UK, invited me to...

The magic of native Irish woodlands

I was lucky to explore the weird and wonderful world of a native Irish woodland. Dainty flowers, rare grasses, gnarly...

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?...

La baignade sauvage et moi

Pourquoi je nage en plein air toute l’année ? Parce que ça me rend présente, connectée, vivante.  La baignade sauvage...

There is nothing wrong with having a tree as a friend

My head has been in the trees all week. Last Sunday, we watched David Attenborough’s A Life On Our Planet...

Les arbres sont des poèmes que la Terre écrit au ciel

Toute la semaine, j’ai eu la tête dans les arbres. Dimanche dernier, nous avons regardé en famille le documentaire A...

Birthday adventure, undampened / Aventure d’anniversaire à peine refroidie

Today, Brian took us on a birthday adventure in the Wicklow Mountains. The plan was to hike to remote Lough...

Double lake swim in Lough Bray / Double baignade en lac

There were two options for this weekend’s outdoor adventure: exploring the surroundings of the Ballinafunshoge Waterfall in Glenmalure, or attempting...

Discovering the Bee Sanctuary of Ireland

We spent a wonderful Sunday afternoon walking the meandering paths of the Bee Sanctuary of Ireland. Buzzards gliding in the...

Becoming mermaid – one year of wild swims

On the summer solstice, I celebrated one year of wild swims. It was a magical sunrise swim and my longest ever...

Devenir sirène : un an de baignades en Irlande

A l’aube du solstice d’été, j’ai célébré un an de baignades sauvages. Marquant l’occasion en mer avec un record de...

Win a FREE family pass to Powerscourt Gardens & Waterfall

Family pass giveaway to Powerscourt Gardens & Waterfall Summer has arrived in all its glory at Powerscourt Gardens & Waterfall,...

Lockdown – Surfing the waves of change / Confinement : une déferlante de changements

Shattered, battered shards blunted by giddy seas, Beached among the sun-warmed pebbles, Still wet from the nigh forgotten storm; In...

How we made a pizza oven during lockdown / Un four à pizza fait maison

So here it is – the clay oven we built in our back garden during the coronavirus lockdown. The acorns...