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Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Goat chase


I can easily say that I spent the last month craving an adventure, now I'm not talking a plane ticket to Spain (which lets be clear if someone was offering, I wouldn't say no) but when I was pondering the notion of a get away, I was think more along the lines of camping or hiking up in the Sperrin mountains, away from everyone, no signal and being disconnected.

I got handed a project in my 'moving image' class, to create a short film based on one of William Allingham's poems of our choice, as soon as I found my poem I knew exactly what I was going to base mine on, so the following day I charged the batteries, grabbed my camera and I was bounding out the door on a mini day adventure.

Taking myself up to Glenelly valley in Cranagh, to the my Grannies original homestead where she was born and reared. I plan to base my short film on the old farm house; I spent the day up on the side of the valley with the wind howling and in between showers of rain but none the less it could have been pouring buckets down on me and it still couldn't have washed the smile off my face, I was satisfying that adventurous streak in me. It didn't stop there, on the scenic drive back down the valley I spotted a road that I had heard so many stories about and references to, though I had never ventured up. I quickly dropped the gears and winded my way up the narrow road that moved with the shape of the river that flowed along side and finally reached an old abandoned cottage, parked up and went for a dander.

This photo would brighten up anyones day

It's always nice to know that no matter where I go, I manage to make some new friends even if it is a family of goats, clearly this was the climax of my day; even though I was terrified out of my mind. Honestly shaking so much that I didn't think I managed to take a picture at all. Don't get me wrong, I love goats, I could easily waste my day watching hours of goat videos and hopefully own my own little goat some day but there was an element within me that thought, is this goat going to ram me if I go anywhere near his kid's.

As you can tell we were best friends in no time at all (after I safely behind a gate).

Everyone has their different ways to unwind; maybe a glass of wine, a hot bath or a run, all of these I can relate to in some sense but what I class as number one in the unwind category is disconnect. I have to disconnect myself from everything fast paced to reconnect with the motions of life again, I just have to remember to do it more often.

Sunday, 6 September 2015

"Come on AYLIN"


The feeling of pure love and appreciation.
We can create these perfect moments in time to celebrate with friends and loved ones but when you are on the receiving end, it is completely out of your control what your reaction will be. Confusion? Amazement? Mine was utter shock.

The moment I walked into the living room I will never forget the first thing I seen but a glimpse of these perfectly kept tiffany blue Nikes. I knew only one person that owned a pair (since I was with her when she bought them) and kept them so well; but it was coming to terms with how they managed to end up in my cousins holiday home in Donegal. My mind couldn't keep up to speed with what my eyes were seeing. Aylin.

How could I comprehend this, I was given the gift of two wonderful friends who to my excitement and adventurous as they were, accepted my offer to visit; how did I manage to deserve the gift of one traveling all the way from Germany on top of everything else? A surprise is an appreciation of a person, you keep a secret not to lie but to treat them and when I found out that absolutely everyone around me knew; I couldn't control the tears. Later I was told to no surprise of mine, the task that everyone had of keeping me in the right place and not to ruin the surprise for myself was a challenge; an understatement.

What I want to say and what I am saying are two different things, something that words can't describe; the stock, excitement and love that I felt that day, even now looking back at it. I will relish what my family and friends done to make the surprise that day possible. 
Especially Aylin. My little princess Elsa.

Frozen Sister

Friday, 4 September 2015

Cliffs of Moher


First time here also. You would nearly think I chose this road trip with myself in mind but honestly when do you ever be a tourist in your own country? Not very often. Do one touristy thing in your own country after reading my blog; it might be more fun than you think.

Beautiful day along Ireland's wild atlantic way.

Dingle Co.Kerry


My first time in Dingle, I was in Kerry camping as a kid on family holidays but never to Dingle. So many people recommended checking it out and seeing if for myself and delighted I was. Fungi the famous dolphin showed his face in the bay as the sun started to set on the rolling mountains, pictures can't even capture the real beautiful that we saw that day. Once the sun was gone we headed for the pubs. 

'5x hot whiskeys please'

Even though we all had managed to come down with a cold, sore throat or headache we doctored ourselves that night with the treatment of a well known remedy.

 Back to our hostel where we were staying but not without a show of shooting stairs to top a breath-taking day (highly recommend the rainbow hostel to any budding traveller).

Road tripping across america and all these far of countries is fun, but by goodness does Ireland have beauty like no other. Love my home.