Posts by Annette

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Foraging – A taste of the wild / Un goût de nature

Have you ever been on a foraging walk? This is what Mermaid and I did, with Wicklow forager Geraldine Kavanagh,...

Upstream waterfall / Une cascade à contre-courant

Now you see it… Now you don’t! We spotted it long before reaching the roadside car park — a waterfall that...

On Coney Island’s tidal causeway / Sur la voie sablée de Coney Island

A line of 14 stone pillars stuck in the sand appeared round a bend in the road. Further down, the...

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Knocknarea and Queen Medb’s Cairn / Knocknarea et le cairn de la reine Maeve

The wind has bundled up the clouds high over Knocknarea, And thrown the thunder on the stones for all that...

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Hiking the Spinc trail in Glendalough / Randonnée du Spinc à Glendalough

Rosy cheeks. Aching limbs. And a wonderful sense of achievement. We completed our longest, hardest hike ever. The Spinc and...

Climbing for the first time / Escalade : une première

BC (before children), Brian and I used to go rock climbing together. Not having practiced in well over a decade, we...

Jumping in the rain / Sautons sous la pluie !

It was a magical afternoon in the rain at Kilmacurragh National Botanic Gardens… Ce fut un après-midi magique et bien arrosé...

A trip back in time / Voyage dans le temps

Toot tooooot! A majestic steam locomotive slowly chuff-chuffed into Greystones’ station, pulling half a dozen carriages. Standing on the opposite platform, all...

On the slopes / Sur les pistes

It was our first family ski trip. On Easter Monday, we set off with Papi and Mamie, and nephews A...

The easy way up the Mont de La Madeleine / La Madeleine par le sentier d’accès

It is a short and really steep hike to the Mont de la Madeleine, in the French département of Haute-Loire...

In the dunes of Magilligan Point / Dans les dunes de Magilligan Point

In a remote corner of Co Derry, the Point Road wraps itself around the impressive cliffs of Binevenagh, through flat farmland...

If you go down to Massey’s Wood… / Promenons-nous dans les bois de Massey…

If those trees could speak, And those mountains could see, Many a tale you would hear. Hugh Hamon Charles 8th...

For the love of oak / Un amour de chêne

We love trees. Do you? Last week was Tree Week in Ireland. This annual festival, organised by the Tree Council...

After school at the waterfall / A la cascade après l’école

Everyone needs a friend that will call and say, “Get dressed, we’re going on an adventure”. Mermaid and her best...

Last chance snow stop / Neige de la dernière chance

If the 1st of March is the official start of meteorological spring, last week felt more like winter was staging a comeback, with...