Cluain na dTor – Meadow of Shrubs

Cluain na dTor is one of 22 gardens featured in the 2017 Donegal Garden Trail. It is described in The Trail’s brochure as “Donegal’s tropical garden, inspirational and boldly experimental!” Seamus O’Donnell’s garden has been developed over a period of twenty years, and features many unusual plants collected from around the globe. The gardens include … More Cluain na dTor – Meadow of Shrubs

The River Walk

In last week’s post 10 Tips for Living with Fibromyalgia or Another Life Changing Illness , I mentioned the benefits of exercise and avoiding isolation. The River Walk is located in the town of Dungloe, a few miles from my home. It has been developed to provide two walking routes alongside a lake, a river, and some … More The River Walk

Donegal – The Coolest Place on the Planet

This week’s Bikes in Bloom post attracted a lot of lovely feedback, and many of you commented on the natural beauty of my village, located in Donegal, Ireland. Your have inspired me to share this post once again, which includes a collection of photographs, showcasing my homeland. A secret location on one of my favourite walks My first … More Donegal – The Coolest Place on the Planet

Bikes in Bloom

Floral display outside my favourite restaurant – “Danny Minnie’s” I live in County Donegal, on the north west coast of Ireland, which was recently voted “The Coolest Place on the Planet” by National Geographic Traveller (UK). My village has been participating in Ireland’s national “Tidy Towns” competition for several years.  One of our star attractions … More Bikes in Bloom

On the Beach

Cloudy skies  I purchased a little, open fronted beach tent two summers ago; it has been such a blessing – I can now spend quality time by the seaside in inclement weather. The beach called me last Wednesday, so I packed my tent and a picnic, before heading out to a quiet cove. A few clouds graced the Donegal skies:   Inside … More On the Beach

Enjoying the Journey

Fibromyalgia makes driving long distances a challenge for me; I am comfortable on short drives around home, but anything beyond that requires careful planning and extra rest, both before, during and after the journey. Last week, an unexpected funeral around 60 miles away, took me out of my driving comfort zone. However, I decided I was going to enjoy … More Enjoying the Journey

Rocks and Rock Pools

Last week, I longed for walk along Carrickfin Beach, despite it being a rather windy day. Thankfully, I had the wind behind me as I set out on the outward journey… The wind challenged the seabirds, The beach lay deserted… I was propelled to the far end, and much needed rocky shelter. Rocks have always fascinated … More Rocks and Rock Pools

Lambs at Last!

This week, I was rewarded with my first glimpses of this year’s newborn lambs -two white ones and three black, including black twins.  I have been eagerly anticipating their arrival since February ! The Twins and their friend I felt so thrilled to see them; I had a smile on my face for the remainder of the … More Lambs at Last!