A Spring Walk

The week before last, I shed the cobwebs of winter, as I walked along ancient tracks well traveled in my childhood. This stream connects two adjacent lakes. My mother’s childhood home sits at the top of Mullaghderg Lake seen in the background of this photograph: I walked these tracks on many occasions with my late … More A Spring Walk

New Year Blessings

It was a very mild but very wet Christmas!  I missed walking, so I was delighted when Carrickfin Beach beckoned me on a beautiful sunny but frosty day. The beach was almost deserted, as I admired the frost on the sand dunes and seaweed – a rare delight. I reflected on the past year and … More New Year Blessings

Tory Island- The Legend of Balor of the Evil Eye

Leabhar Gabhala Eireann ( The Book of the Taking of Ireland) suggests that Tory was first occupied by settlers from Turkey called Nemedians. A group of pirates from Carthage called The Fomorians banished the Nemedians. Conan who was a Fomorian king, built a tower from whence Tory is believed to have gotten its name Tor … More Tory Island- The Legend of Balor of the Evil Eye

Tory Island Walks

Walking through West Town An Baile Thiar, I felt incredibly happy to note that Tory remains unspoiled. I really love the traditional style of the buildings and their colourful paintwork. Continuing past the club house, which is legendary for its musical entertainment, I headed for the western tip of the island. My intention was to … More Tory Island Walks

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

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

Frogs have Spawned

Clumps of frog spawn in local pools Spring is well underway here in Donegal, and frogs have been busy producing frog spawn for around 2 weeks now.  I always feel such JOY when I see their clumps of eggs in water pools along my regular walking route. They remind me of my childhood, when I used to collect … More Frogs have Spawned

Looking for Lambs

Yesterday afternoon, I set out on my usual walking route, hoping to capture some photographs of new born lambs.  Sadly, none were to be seen… I passed several grazing sheep and stopped for a few minutes to say “Hello”. I attracted a few curious looks… Followed by a tentative step towards my camera amidst a few … More Looking for Lambs

A Walk Down Memory Lane

Approaching my late mother’s childhood home If you who have been following this blog of late, you will already know that Donegal was recently voted “The Coolest Place on the Planet” by National Geographic Traveller (UK).   Walks has thus been added to my “Cloud Category” widget, and I shall be posting more photographs of Donegal’s rugged, natural beauty, … More A Walk Down Memory Lane