Drie Gebroeders (Three Brothers) is a common name for a Dutch vessel, often the result of several brothers co-owning her, or as in the case of my 121-year-old lady, the original skipper having that many sons. A quick look through … Continue reading A girl called Neeltje
Tens of thousands of Brent geese that come here every winter can’t be wrong! Since the days of St. Patrick humans have settled in the lough area to benefit from the produce of its calm waters and the fertile, drumlin … Continue reading Strangford Lough – a blue gym for health and wellbeing
Alison weaves her heart-warming memories of Buster the Beagle into an insightful picture of life on the water and all the colourful episodes that come with it. Continue reading Boating with Buster – a review
Driving back, I reflected on the all-pervading sense of community in rural Ireland, North and South. To me, nothing shows this better in an area than the support for their local football team. Continue reading Lovely Leitrim – a mecca for lake-lovers.
Yeats called Sligo “The Land of Heart’s Desire” and its wonders filled his early poetry. As I drove the winding road back to Ballinamore I vowed to return to Sligo, perhaps not for my heart’s desire but at least to relish its natural wonders and breathe deeply of its magical properties, as many have done before me. Continue reading Sligo – so much more than Yeats and the Wild Atlantic.
personally I have long disliked the time of long hours of darkness, cold temperatures and artificial light. But every cloud has a shiny lining if we look for it, Continue reading Dark days ahead? Banish those blues with these easy steps.
Whether you travel from near or far, this peaceful place has so much to offer – heritage, natural and built, is in abundance as well as activities including golf, sailing, fishing, water-sports, walking, cycling, boat trips and diving. Galleries and workshops showcase arts and crafts from talented local artisans. Gourmet chefs tempt you with tasty produce from their doorstep – you certainly won’t go hungry. Continue reading PORTAFERRY – a wild taste of nature, ancient heritage and coastal activities.
As the RAF sought to sink as many of these potential invaders as possible, miraculously she survived, emerging with just the visible scars of cuts and welds made to her bow as proof of her war record. Continue reading Not just a houseboat – the incredible story of a very old Dutch lady.
In today’s shrinking, globalized world it is something almost impossible to avoid, so why not look for the positives? As I face another of my personal re-directions, I take a look at how best to handle it. Continue reading Change – a woman’s prerogative or can it do you good?