December 21, 2009
September 24, 2009
I recently got word that I’ll be going home (my other home, in Ca) soon. (!!!!:D) I hate flying, but I love to travel.
I thought I would prepare myself by looking at landings on YouTube. haha
Where would you rather fly into?
Or Green Dublin International?
It’s a tough call.
September 7, 2009
Sooo, it has been a while since my last post. Last Monday, August 31, the hubby turned the big 3 0 and decided to take the whole week off to celebrate. He’s been home for 9 days and we were in and out of the house the whole time. Only yesterday did we really have absolutely nothing to do, but the whole week was great!
One of the nicest things we enjoyed this week was the National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin. There is so much to see here I don’t even know where to start.
The place is massive and we spent a good 4 hours walking around trying to see everything on offer. There’s a Sensory Garden, Fern House, Waterlily House, Cactus and Succulent House (one of my favs), Rose Garden, Woodland Garden, Orchid House, Great Palm House (my absolute fav! it was like a rainforest in there – hot, wet, sticky and gorgeous), a Rockery, Grass Garden, Herb Garden, Organic Fruit and Vegetable Garden, Chinese Plants, Native Plants and every type of tree you can think of. Plus SO much more! They also have many art installations scattered around which were all very interesting. AND to top it all off a building devoted to the great Charles Darwin – how cool is that?!
One of my favourites, though I think it is intended for children, was the great Sunflower Maze.
Hubby got this great panorama of it, but you really should see it for yourself if you can.
He also made one of the beautiful Rose Garden.
After walking around for a very long time we were knackered and luckily they also have a very nice cafe on site. They even had some lovely vegetarian options, I got the vegetarian quiche and fresh salad and it was soooooooo good! I’m pretty sure they use all their own organic veggies in their cafe which just makes it that more special.
It is entirely free to go so if you ever get a chance to visit I highly, highly recommend it.
You can see a few more pics of our trip here.
May 8, 2009
The location alone is inviting. But, what got me really interested was this…
At Blanchville House you are at the centre of Ireland’s ‘Craft Trail’ with a wealth of high quality handmade Irish Crafts available at numerous outlets including the famous Kilkenny Design Centre.
Renowned internationally for the quality of the craft produced in Kilkenny, the Kilkenny Craft Trail is the perfect way to explore the best of Kilkenny craft.
The Trail features 9 retail studios and workshops in Kilkenny, and includes jewellers, potters, leather & wood workers, glass blowing as well as candle makers.
I think I’ll stay at the Manor House Bed and Breakfast and spend some time in the Drawing Room, “which still retains it’s original wallpaper, and is the perfect room to relax in front of a blazing fire, browse through a selection of books and magazines or, if you prefer, simply sit back and savour the restful ambiance of the house”.
Maybe I’ll partake in some Deep Tissue Massage and Aromatherapy at the ‘Sanctuary’.
Oh! and I can’t leave without attending the ’Freeing the Creative Spirit’ workshop! “Let go of restrictions, follow your heart & express your own truths through paint and colour”.
Yes. Yes, that sounds like a wonderful way to spend a weekend. Sign me up!
Blanchville House, Dunbell, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland – Tel: (+353) 05677 27197 Fax: (+353) 05677 27636