Posts by Annette

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...

Mother’s Day in the time of coronavirus / La Fête des Mères au temps du coronavirus

Sunday was Mother’s Day in Ireland (in France, it won’t be until the last Sunday in May). In this time...

Greystones Seagirls’ IWD swimrise / Baignaube du 8 mars

This. This was our IWD swimrise – 70+ women going for a sunrise swim on International Women’s Day to raise...

Can you hear the trees fall in Kindlestown? / Entends-tu les arbres tomber ?

Shocking. Enraging. Heartbreaking. The time had come for whole swathes of Sitka spruce in Coillte-owned Kindlestown Wood to get the...

Exploring Heywood Gardens / A la découverte des jardins de Heywood

It was a day of French connections. While Brian attended a gardening workshop at Dunmore Country School with French man...

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8 Wicklow hikes for families / 8 randos famille en Wicklow

Drum roll, please! Here is, in no particular order, a list of our 8 favourite Wicklow hikes. If you are...

Wild Women Wander in the Mournes

Two days on from the first ever Wild Women Wander in Northern Ireland, I’m still elated. Feeling grateful, connected, nourished...

Winter hike to Djouce Mountain / Randonnée d’hiver au mont Djouce

Walking into 2020… Our first family hike of the year took us to Djouce Mountain (725m/2,379ft), Co Wicklow. Djouce is...

Winter feast on the beach / Festin d’hiver sur la plage

On the third day of Christmas, we had a winter feast on the beach of Magheramore, Co Wicklow. Outdoor Cooking,...

Festive splash on Christmas Day / Baignade de Noël

For the first time in our 6 years in Greystones, we got out of the house at Christmas for the...

#MagicAdventCalendar photo challenge / Défi photo de l’Avent

24 days, 24 surprises, 24 photos to reclaim the spirit of Christmas. T’is the season to get jolly, so will...